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A Streetcar Named Desire

INDYFRINGE BASILE THEATRE

MARCH 3RD - 5TH, 10TH - 12TH & 17TH - 19TH

“I don’t want realism…I want magic.”

Arguably, Williams’s masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire was written during a period of change in America, after World War II. In short, it is about a woman who comes to live with her sister and her sister’s husband. She eventually loses her grip on reality, as she fails to get what it is she most desires…

In March, Catalyst returns ‘home’ to the IndyFringe Basile Theatre to remove all distance from this scarifying classic drama, with an extremely intimate black-box production, that will pull no punches. After this, you will know, for certain, that you can’t go around depending on the kindness of strangers…or even family.

THE CAST

SARA CASTILLO DANDURAND

BLANCHE

IAN McCabe

STANLEY

ANNA HIMES

STELLA

BRIAN DeHEER

MITCH

AUDREY STONEROCK

EUNICE

MATT KRAFT

STEVE

TOM ALVAREZ

PABLO

MITCHELL WRAY

YOUNG COLLECTOR

ZEKEYA BROWN

FRENCH QUARTER PERFORMER

VIVANA QUINONES

THE FLOWER LADY

DAVID MOSEDALE

DOCTOR

WENDY BROWN

NURSE

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MAGIC THREAD CABARET

ABOUT MAGIC THREAD

Magic Thread Cabaret was established by our company, Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC, to provide professional opportunities for local singers of the highest caliber and showcase their singular talent. It was also important for us to further expose area audiences to the cabaret art form and the Great American Songbook, a genre that celebrates the music of the 30s, 40s, 50s, and more contemporary tunes that have endured the test of time. Finally, for us, it was essential that this entertainment form be affordable, and thus, accessible to all.

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ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS / LIVE PIANO

BY DUSTIN KLEIN, MTC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

A principal of Klein & Alvarez Productions, LLC, Klein is a songwriter/composer, music director, producer and record producer. He has also acted and performed in several musical theatre productions and written several children’s plays as well. Klein holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Indiana State University. He also attended Butler University and received his Master of Music degree in 2010. He is an educator at The Orchard School, where he has been the choir director and drama teacher for 15 years, directing numerous musicals and plays. He has also participated in musicology seminars and conferences in Europe, was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study Bach and Mozart, and directed an opera in summer 2014 at the Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany. He has studied and played piano for 25 years and performs for private events throughout the Indianapolis area. Klein also instructs and coaches several private students in voice and piano studies. Most recently, he was the co-writer, co-producer, composer and music director of “Calder, The Musical,” the best-selling show of IndyFringe Festival 2016 and a top-selling, full-length production presented at IndyFringe Basile Theatre in January and February 2017. Klein also co-produced and performed on the “Calder, The Musical” CD cast recording.

SUPPORT THE SHOW!

To benefit this landmark Catalyst production of Williams’s stunning American masterpiece, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with The Prewitt restaurant for a one-night-only benefit event!

A former 1920s theatre and located in the up and coming downtown Plainfield area, The Prewitt will be a stunning location for this celebration, benefitting our 2023 season opener, A Streetcar Named Desire! Join us for a curated NOLA themed “Fat Monday” meal (Fat Tuesday is the next day – amplifying our appropriate New Orleans vibes!). This 3-course chef’s curated dinner, by Chef Ricky Hatfield, will feature the flavors of the French Quarter and also include 2 signature cocktail options for added celebrating. Tickets will be offered in 3 tiers – all of which will support Catalyst and Magic Thread, in this partnered production.
 
Single Dinner/Show Ticket: $100 (2 drink minimum, per guest)
Table of 4 Dinner/Show Ticket: $400
 
We also know that levels make benefits, like this, more approachable, so if you’d like to come for the show and just have a drink (2 drink minimum) we are offering a $35 entry into our Industry Lounge – a comfy, close to the stage, lounge for supporters who aren’t having dinner with us, but want to check out the show and enjoy the signature cocktails offered, while supporting these main-stay Indianapolis production companies, in their efforts to bring this scarifying classic to the stage. This will be a Streetcar like nothing you’ve ever seen – so, please, join us for the festivities!
 
We theatre companies really do depend on the kindness of strangers…and friends! Help us toast the beginning of 2023 main stage season with Cabaret New Orleans, at The Prewitt!

We are hosting two seatings for this event: Seating 1 at 6PM and Seating 2 at 8PM. And, feel free to move your party to the upstairs Greenroom Lounge, after your seating's show!

THE INTIMATE DESIGN OF 'STREETCAR'

NICK KILGORE

SET DESIGN

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KATHY HOEFGEN

STAGE MANAGER

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KAIRON BULLOCK

LIGHTING DESIGN

The design of Streetcar  was created with the central theme of ‘entrapment’ in mind. The small nature of Stanley and Stella’s home, the heat of the New Orleans summer, and the entanglement of family-ties, deep-seeded emotions, and feelings all can be linked back to this central theme – that these characters are trapped. In this small home and with eachother.

Set in an intimate arena setting, audience will be seated on all 4 sides of the playing space, physically trapping the action on stage before them. All walls will only be partial, allowing us to act as the ‘flies’ on these walls, seeing through the implied structure of this home. There is no escape for the characters, there is no privacy – like the walls privacy is only implied in this world. Stay tuned as our exciting design team refine the world of Catalyst’s intimate Streetcar.