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Fall Play Recap: “A Streetcar Named Desire”

by: Alexis Osborne

Photo Courtesy of American Film Institute

This past weekend, the Pitt-Greensburg Drama Department put on a play written by Tennessee Williams called, “A Streetcar Named Desire. This was Visual and Performing Arts professor Chryss Allaback’s first time as a director for Pitt-Greensburg. 

The play took place In New Orleans where Blanche Dubois traveled to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley. Blanche had many hardships in her life, such as her husband passing away, which left her lonely. She went to New Orleans to search for what’s missing in her life.

Freshman Political Science major, Marris Sobotka, sophomore Psychology major, Madison Vogel, and freshman Marketing major, Sam Couch, starred in the lead roles in this production. The cast put in over 100 hours of rehearsal to make the production come together as a unit. Allaback held rehearsals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

“My favorite part of the plays was working with student actors because I think that this is the experience that college student actors remember the most,” Allaback said. 

Allaback had the help of students and faculty when it came to stage crew, wardrobe, set building, and other aspects to make the play a success.

“It was nice having a lot of people involved and being able to have a whole crew, but most importantly having students involved,” Allaback said. 

Allaback is excited to begin planning the production of the spring play. She is having the help of a friend who is from Belgium to translate the script. The name of the play is “La Dispute” written by Pierre DeMarivaux. She says that she is excited to surprise people on this campus by bringing a scientific fiction twist to the theater.

“I’m excited to put on a play that a lot of people don’t know about,” Allaback said.

Allaback said that the play had a good turnout for each night and thought it was nice to see people laugh at some parts of the play. The cast ended the show by getting a standing ovation from the crowd.

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