Los Angeles Performance Practice will produce and present A Streetcar Named Desire, written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Zoe Aja Moore, as part of the third annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival at the Bootleg Theater, October 8 through 25, 2015.
As the theatrical centerpiece of this year’s festival, this Streetcar approaches the text as a cultural landmark from which to make discoveries about our contemporary memory, sexuality, and destabilized identity. Director Zoe Aja Moore has become known for her boldly theatrical yet cinematic staging of plays from the classic American repertoire. Her work has been seen in Los Angeles at the Ace Downtown LA, The Standard Hotel, REDCAT, and the Bootleg Theater, and in New York at the Ohio Theater, The Tank, and the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a 2015 Ovation Award nominee for The Day Shall Declare It, created by local company Wilderness, also sourcing text from Tennessee Williams. While Streetcar is not set in a reclaimed downtown space, audiences can expect a similarly intimate and sensual experience within the walls of the Bootleg Theater, tapping into both Southern Gothic and Hollywood styles.
An incredibly talented cast of actors will take on these culturally significant roles: self-identified Southern belle Andrea LeBlanc enters into the world of Blanche DuBois, Cristina Fernandez will play the infamous Stella Kowalski, Ryan Masson will be “Mitch,” and Jesse Saler, last seen at REDCAT in the Poor Dog Group’s Murder Ballad (1938), plays Stanley.
Live Arts Exchange (LAX) creates space for and draws attention to contemporary performance emerging out of Los Angeles. This home-grown performance series showcases some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, creates social events that encourage cross-genre hangouts, and provides opportunity for peer to peer critique. Produced by Los Angeles Performance Practice and the Bootleg Theater, LAX pulls contemporary theater and dance, film/video, animation, punk opera, and party into one space.
The Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE runs Thursday, October 8 through Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Bootleg Theater. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at HERE.
Costume design/concept board by Kate Fry