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MICA Brings Two American Classics to the Stage, March 31-April 17

Rivals of The West announces its provocative 2011 spring season, featuring "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Dutchman"

Posted 02.24.11 by MICA Communications

A Streetcar Named Desire poster by Jee-Shaun Wang '12 and Chardé Fuller '11

BALTIMORE--MICA's theater company, Rivals of The West, announces its provocative 2011 spring season, featuring Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, showing Thursday, March 31-Sunday, April 3, 8 p.m.; Friday, April 8-Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.; and Dutchman by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), playing Thursday, April 14-Sunday, April 17, 8 p.m. All shows are in BBOX, the College's state-of-the-art black box theater in The Gateway, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.

These two iconic 20th-century American plays are directed by Peter Shipley (director of The Rivals' sold-out BBOX productions of HAIR in 2009 and A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2010) and are the culmination of the work by students in The Play's the Thing, MICA's innovative, cross-disciplinary theater course.

READ: City Paper's review of A Street Car Named Desire


In A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois is caught in a web spun by Stanley Kowalski in 1940s New Orleans, struggling vainly to escape both her past and her brutish brother-in-law's unforgiving trap. Streetcar is considered among the greatest plays produced by the American theater and has been revived countless times worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1947. Its indelible lead characters, Blanche and Stanley, thrown together in a tragic struggle in the steamy French Quarter, are impossible to forget. Williams' drama brilliantly maps out the dark landscape of feelings, fears and hopes, and humanity's desperate search for the safe harbor of love. Streetcar is his moving and spellbinding guide to the human heart's desire.

Dutchman poster by Jee-Shaun Wang '12In Baraka's controversial commentary on racism in Dutchman, Clay discovers that an innocent subway train ride may not be as unremarkable as it usually is. Dutchman shockingly assaulted the complacent middle class in 1964-the year it debuted off-Broadway, winning the Obie award for best play-with its "white-hot" rage at the racism that stubbornly persists in American society. Will it do so again in 2011?

Both plays tellingly explore the darker complexities of humanity that lie behind our everyday façades.

Tickets: $10, all students with ID; $15, general public. General public tickets to both shows are $25 for the pair. All tickets will be available online at rivalsofthewest.org and in person at the MICA Book Store, 1200 W. Mount Royal Ave.

More information about the show, cast bios and rehearsal images are available at rivalsofthewest.org. The public can call 410.225.2515 with questions.


A Streetcar Named Desire and Dutchman posters by Jee-Shaun Wang '12 and Chardé Fuller '11

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.