The Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Spotlight Theatre Guild will present, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed play acknowledged to be among the finest American dramas of the 20th century.
Performances, at Alumni Hall in the Student Union & Library, 2233 173rd Street on the Hammond Campus, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.
“Streetcar” is directed by Morgan McCabe, of the PNW Department of Communication and Creative Arts, and features PNW students Laura Riggle as Blanche, Laura Pankowski as Stella, and Ranen Toosley as Stanley.
“The Theatre classes choose a play to present based on acting challenges and audience appeal,” said McCabe. “All the actors are PNW students and our focus is on clear, truthful and bold performances. We want our audiences to witness the human struggle and loss in this timeless story.”
This renowned work follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski and her husband, Stanley, in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for PNW students (with student ID) and children ages 12 to 18, and free to children age 11 and under. Tickets are available online at or may be purchased at the door.
The PNW Spotlight Theatre Guild provides students a fun and educational opportunity to express themselves through theatre performance and production, both onstage and backstage, as well as provide an environment where students can connect with other students who share a common interest in the theatre arts.