Throughout our production of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire we've gathered here to discuss its characters, music, staging, food, costumes and more...but now, as we enter our last week of performances, it's time to delve into the man behind it all: Tennessee Williams. We didn't have to look far from Norfolk's Harrison Opera House to find our theatre and drama expert in Christopher Newport University's Dr. Laura Grace Godwin.
Director Sam Helfrich is a great fan of Tennessee Williams, placing him among Shakespeare and Moliere as one of the best playwrights of all time. His initial reaction to an opera of A Streetcar Named Desire was "why?...why mess with something so perfect." He's here today to share how he rediscovered Williams' magical characters and fell in love with the work all over again.
Costume Designer Kaye Voyce returns to Virginia Opera after her stunning debut for last season's Orphée. She's here today to share her inspiration for A Streetcar Named Desire and a first glimpse at the beautiful costumes she's created.