"RHINEBECK - Lou Trapani, producer and director of "A Streetcar Named Desire," said audience members will be offered a different vantage point in Tennessee Williams' classic drama.
"The set which I've designed is very bare, very simple," Trapani said. "What it encompasses is two claustrophobic rooms. It sits right in the middle of the stage surrounded by blackness, which is important, because the audience is supposed to be like a peeping tom."
"The concept is very real, very voyeuristic. We're not playing for the traditional beat 'em up [version]. We are really concerned about how everyone is sniping away at each other."
The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck will present "A Streetcar Named Desire" through March 4.
Trapani said the setting of the play - in New Orleans during a hot summer, with the characters struggling in poverty in a small living space - is essential to the telling of the tale.
"Two people have to live in that space, and everyone gets into that space. It's real tight," he said."
For more on this show:
2-18-07 Review of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center
2-17-07 Ushering for Streetcar in Rhinebeck