A Streetcar Named Desire

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Fri Nov 18 - Sat Nov 26
Spirit Fire Theatre is fired up to present... A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams When Blanche, a faded Southern belle, finds her dissipated life crumbling around her, she calls on the kindness of her timid sister Stella for some solace. However, she didn't factor in Stella's overbearing husband Stanley, who is intent on possessing total control of his wife and home ahead of the birth of their first child. Blanche and Stanley are constantly at each other's throats, and a huge confrontation between the two leads to a devastating fate for Blanche as she finally experiences a psychotic breakdown. About Spirit Fire Theatre: Spirit Fire Theatre produces powerfully moving stories. With every production, we aspire to create an emotionally engaging experience that ignites your passion and sparks your imagination. Spirit Fire Theatre was recently nominated for 5 Critter Awards for their work on Of Mice and Men, including Best Director and Best Production of a Play. About the Director: Paul Welch is a Betty Mitchell and Critter Award-winning actor, and has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta, a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and he is a Certified Embodied Awareness Facilitator. He was recently awarded the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award by Mayor Naheed Nenshi and recognized in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” for a 15-year career as an award-winning actor, writer, director, educator, and arts administrator. Past directing credits include: The 5-time Critter Award nominated production of Of Mice and Men for Spirit Fire Theatre, Red Riding Hood for StoryBook Theatre, In The Next Room (The Vibrator Play) for Artists’ Collective Theatre, and two years spent facilitating the Queer Theatre Creation Ensemble projects of This is How I Left, which was nominated for a Critter Award for Best New Script, and The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus, both for Third Street Theatre. Paul has assistant directed on Verb Theatre’s The Dandelion Project, and has worked as a Voice, Speech and Text coach on numerous productions in both Calgary and Edmonton. Show times: Wednesday November 16 Preview @ 7:30 pm Thursday November 17 – 26 @ 7:30 pm. Matinees November 19 & 26 @ 2:00pm Cast: Hayley Feigs - Blanche DuBois Sasha Barry - Stella Kowalski David Haysom - Stanley Kowalski Luigi Riscaldino - Mitch Meg Farhall - Eunice Mike Rolfe - Steve A portion of seat sales from the production of A Streetcar Named Desire will be donated to HomeFront Calgary. HomeFront is a non-profit organization that works alongside the justice system, police and community partners to help free families from domestic violence. To help create a society free of domestic violence where everyone has the opportunity to realize their full potential. Since the play depicts scenes of violent emotion/action, Spirit Fire Theatre would like to dedicate each performance to those individuals and families who have sought assistance to recover from abuse and encourage/inspire others to get the help they need. Spirit Fire Theatre is very pleased to be part of this movement with HomeFront and its mission to end the cycle of abuse in our city.