Monday, March 20, 2023

He was in the quicksands and clutching at me

The Times
Patsy Ferran on A Streetcar Named Desire: ‘It was a crazy thing to agree to’
When the actor accepted the role of Blanche DuBois opposite Paul Mescal, she had just four days to rehearse. Then she knocked the critics’ socks off.
There is a great story in this interview that I need to remember when we go and see it at the end of next month.

She got the role at the last minute, due to an injury to Lydia Wilson who was originally cast. For the first week of shows, she carried a small leather binder with pages of the script pasted in, her lines highlighted in green (or, when a change of mood was required, orange). The idea being that audience might think she was carrying a collection of love letters and poems from the husband who killed himself.

If you know the play, you will understand what a brilliant idea that is. I must remember so I can tell Mia, as she played Blanche herself in her second year at Central.

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