|a streetcar named desire|
first edition (new directions
|written by||tennessee williams|
- blanche dubois
- stella kowalski
- stanley kowalski
- harold "mitch" mitchell
|date premiered||december 3, 1947|
|place premiered||ethel barrymore theatre|
new york city, new york
|setting||the french quarter and downtown new orleans|
a streetcar named desire is a play written by tennessee williams that opened on broadway on december 3, 1947. the play dramatises the life of blanche dubois, a southern belle who, after encountering a series of personal losses, leaves her aristocratic background seeking refuge with her sister and brother-in-law in a dilapidated new orleans apartment building.
a streetcar named desire, williams’ most popular work, is considered to be one of the best and most critically successful plays of the 20th century. it still ranks among his most performed plays, and has inspired many adaptations in other forms, notably producing a critically acclaimed film that was released in 1951.