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Street Car Named Desire is about a woman named Blanche Dubois who goes to visit her sister, Stella in New Orleans. The story takes place in a working class French neighborhood in New Orleans in 1947. The apartment is a small two bedroom, but Stanley and Stella are content with their lives. Stella is pregnant and married to a man named Stanley Kowalski, a Polish auto mechanic. Stella and Blanche come from upper society, so when Blanche shows up unexpected she is taken aback by the cramped living quarters of the Kowalski home. Blanches upper class attitude sparks disagreement between her and Stanley. Through out the play the tension between the two grows even more when Blanche begins to win the affection of Stanleys friend Mitch. The first explosion of anger occurs at a poker game and when Stella defends her sister, she gets beaten by Stanley who eventually comes to apologize and is, to Blanches surprise, forgiven. Over the next couple days Blanche tries to convince Stella to be with someone who equals her social status and reveals to Stella that she is broke. Stanley soon discovers that Blanche has a disreputable past and when confronted with that she is shocked someone of her background could be accused of such things. Later Mitch and Blanche go on a date and reveal their loss of love and determine that they need each other. A few months later when Blanches birthday arrives, Stanley reveals that Mitch knows about her promiscuous past and Stella is angry Stanley would tell Mitch things that were not his to tell. The household was about to implode when Stella goes into labor. Blanche stays home and proceeds to get drunk, then Mitch arrives and begins explaining why he could never marry Blanche. In the long list of reasons he includes that with her past, she’s not fit to bring him home to his mother. Later that night Stanley comes home and discovers Blanche extremely intoxicated. She begins telling him of her plans to leave with a millionaire, which was clearly a delusion. In the midst of their interaction Blanche challenges Stanley, where he over powers and rapes her. This is the breaking point for Blanche as she has a clear break from reality. Stella does not believe Blanche and what happened to her the night Stanley came home from the hospital. They arrange for Blanche to be taken to a mental hospital where she can go off and live her fantasy life. 
Conflict Analysis
Throughout Street Car the main conflict is the one between Blanche and Stanley. Stanley is a very masculine man and Blanche is very outspoken. In a way, its as if Blanche challenges Stanleys masculinity which automatically puts them at odds. Blanche also thinks very highly of herself and looks down upon Stanley. The difference in class causes resentment in Stanley which only perpetuates the conflict because Stanley feels the need to assert and prove how masculine he is. Stanley continuously tries to find something about Blanche to ruin her. At first it was accusing her of stealing Stellas inheritance and then when he discovered her promiscuous past in Laurel he tried to ruin her relationship with Stella and succeeded in destroying her relationship with Mitch. Blanche is a perpetual liar and Stanley is an honest working man which creates a conflict in values between the two. This conflict is brought out by Stanley continuously pointing out the lies Blanche tells. She tries to convince Stella to leave him and Stanley over hears which heightens the conflict. Theres a conflict of interest between the two as well because they are pulling Stella in opposite directions. They each try and convince Stella who is right and who she should believe. The conflict between the two climaxes when Stanley comes back from the hospital to a drunk Blanche dreaming of her impossible future, who he then rapes. The conflict resolves now that Blanche is finally broken down and unable to distinguish reality. Stanley and Blanche were fundamentally different and were never going to get along. 

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The main protoganist in Street Car is Blanche DuBouis. Her quest is to find a wealthy and charming man that can give her a fulfilling life. She also wants to act as if she lives the life she deserves rather than the one she actually has. Her obstacle is Stanley and his constant need to bring her back to reality. He’s a very practical man who antagonizes Blanche and challenges her grasp on reality. The entire play she really struggles with him. 

Directors Concept 
I want to ask questions that explore the thoughts and emotions of the characters. I am looking to bring out the conflict in a way that engages the audience and make them feel a part of the characters lives. I want to bring out the dynamic between the characters and make them relatable. These concepts can be expressed by making the staging representative of  a 1947 French Quarter apartment. For example, they live in a small apartment and I want the staging to reflect that because it will be valuable to the conflicts Stanley and Blanche have in regards to social status. The staging of a close living quarters that feels like a home thats lived in by a working class couple can express the concept and show the differences between the Kowalskis and Blanche. It will also be expressed by being thoughtful of the actors positioning of close proximity during moments of tension where they should be intimate with one another. For example, int he poker game they will be throwing beer, chewing tobacco and looking sweaty in order to really portray the animalistic characteristics of Stanley. The transitions will be very fluid and constantly in motion, similar to the transitions in Benny and Joon. I don’t want to have transitions where the stage goes dark because I believe it breaks the connection the audience has with the world of the play. With my concept of the play I want the audience to see the lack of grace within the Kowalski household and hopefully be able to relate that to life now. 

Ideal Cast 
Stanley – Jon Hamm
I would want Jon Hamm as Stanley because he has a very manly persona like Stanley does. In past films Jon Hamm has played roles in which he is the man of the house and is very misogynistic. Stanley is similar in that he is the bread winner in his family and is very masculine and represents heterogeneous America. I think Jon Hamm could really channel that while playing Stanley. 
Stella – Reese Witherspoon
Stella is very dainty and submissive, but she is also loving and wants to make Stanley happy. I think Reese Witherspoon would be good for this role because she is a lot smaller in stature than Jon Hamm making the submissiveness clear and in a way shows Stanleys power over her by their size difference. 
Blanche – Nicole Kidman
Blanches character is crazy and out of touch with reality but at the same time very classy and elegant. This is why I believe Nicole Kidman would be good at this role because from her past roles she has been able to execute playing a psycho. Because of her stature and soft face I believe she will be able to bring out the classy and elegant side of Blanche well.  
Mitch – Matthew McConaughey 
Mitch is a mommas boy who is sensitive but chivalrous. Matthew McConaughey embodies a soft gentleman who can clean up when necessary. I think that he can show Mitchs strengths, but also be able to display emotions and a softer side. 

Several design ideas for 3 of the following : Sets, lights, costumes, sound, music
Costume Ideas
  I want to keep the costumes simple and reflective of the needs of the character. For example Blanche would be wearing longer skirts with blouses and her hair done to represent her high class status she claims. Stanley will be wearing more worn out clothes representing his working class status. As for Stella I imagine a very simple floral day dress that reflects the simplicity of who she is and her claims on being non materialistic. 
A few ideas i had in mind for the set was that because the majority of the play takes part in Stanley and Stellas apartment I want it to represent their lifestyle. Having mixed matched furniture that looks worn down will help show their working class lifestyle. When Blanche comes to town it will also help show the difference between their lifestyles. Another thing that is important is to make sure that the space looks lived in such as pictures, laundry, and dishes. 
Lights & Sound
I believe lights and sound will be very important in portraying the tone and heightening the intensity of specific scenes in the play. For example, in the script their is a lamp light that flickers and eventually turns off and to me that represents and foreshadows Blanches mental decline. It will be most relevant in the scene where Stanley rapes her, I would have the action itself hidden, but with the help of intense music the audience would know what was happening. Then when its finished the final lamp will turn off letting the audience know that Blanche is finally broken. I think that its a great suspense ender for the audience and leaves them in a state of disbelief. Another sound design is to play music in the background softly and a song choice that represents grace. Eventually that grace will annoy you –  similar to how Blanches gracefulness annoys Stanley. 

Second Play: Glass Menagerie 
From reading the Glass Menagerie and Street Car Names Desire there are a lot of similarities in the types of characters and themes. For example,  there is a big issue of mental illness in both plays that Tennessee Williams seems to be sympathetic to. Streetcar is built around Blanche and her delusions as for Laura and Amanda in the Glass Menagerie she has withdrawn into a world that is make believe. In both plays, these women are living in their past that was once everything they dreamed. Now they live in an unpleasant reality that they don’t want to face. This connection between the plays will influence my directing by making the mental illness expressive through Blanches actions and they way she presents herself. Mental illness was a clear theme of both plays so I want to reflect that in Blanche by bringing out her delusion. Another influence from the Glass Menagerie would be that Tom watches the play from the outside and narrates it. I think it would be interesting to bring back Blanches first husband, who is gay and commits suicide because of Blanche. He could be watching Blanches life and taking notes through out the play. I think this would be an interesting take because in a way his death started Blanches decline.