A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Composed by: Andre Previn
Libretto by: Philip Littell
Directed by: Jose Maria Condemi
Merola Opera, CA / Opera Santa Barbara, CA / Kentucky Opera, KY/Tulsa Opera, OK

Costumes by: Kristi Johnson
Lighting by: Eric Watkins

"The Merola Opera Program’s production of Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire plays out on a strikingly atmospheric set by Steven Kemp. Stella and Stanley Kowalski live in a run-down, squalid two-room apartment on the first floor. On the corners of the stage are battered street signs marking the way to Desire and Elysian Fields. A sign reading Cemetary looms in the background, and the railings on the second floor above them are rusted and broken. A sense that anything can befall the Kowalskis looms everywhere, especially violence, and a threat of disasters past and present permeates the stage so thoroughly it may as well be set post-Katrina."

John Marcher
A Beast in The Jungle