A Streetcar Named Desire revolutionized the modern stage and this book offers the first continuous history of the play in production from 1947 to 1998. Chapters survey major national premieres by the world's leading directors including Seki Sano, Luchino Visconti, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau and Laurence Olivier. Interpretations by Black and gay theater companies also receive analyses, and transformations into other media, such as ballet, film, television, and opera (premiered in 1998) form an important part of the overall study.
Table of ContentsList of illustrations; General preface; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. A Streetcar Named Desire - The Broadway premiere and beyond; 2. Streetcar on the world stage: the national premieres, 1948-1953; 3. Streetcar revivals on the English-language stage; 4. Recasting the players: expanding and radicalizing the Streetcar script; 5. Streetcar in other media; Selective production chronology; Notes; Selective bibliography of criticism of Streetcar; Index.