In December 1947, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway. Two years later, in December 1949, the national tour of the play came to Robinson Auditorium.
Judith Evelyn, who had originated the lead in Angel Street starred as Blanche DuBois. Ralph Meeker, who had succeeded Marlon Brando on Broadway, played Stanley. Jorja Curtright and Jim Nolan played Stella and Mitch, respectively. Curtright would play Stella on Broadway in 1950 opposite Anthony Quinn and Uta Hagen.
Others in the cast were Eulabelle Moore, Peggy Rea, Harry Kersey, Victor Rendina, Jams Karen, Sidonie Espero, Angela Jacobs and Arthur Row.
The tour was directed by Elia Kazan with Jo Mielziner’s Broadway set and lighting design. Lucinda Ballard was the costume designer, as she was on Broadway.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.