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The Opera House is the second-largest theater in the Center, with 2,362 seats. It was designed for ballet, opera, and musical theater. Over the years, the Opera House has welcomed dozens of the world's great dance and opera companies and has hosted some of the most important artistic events of the last quarter century. With its distinctive red and gold chandelier, a gift from Austria, the Opera House makes an elegant setting for the annual Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

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Scottish Ballet: A Streetcar Named Desire

About:

Kennedy Center Debut
Scottish Ballet
Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director
 
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
 
A Streetcar Named Desire
Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Direction by Nancy Meckler
Music and Sound by Peter Salem
Design by Niki Turner
Lighting by Tim Mitchell
Based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams
Presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
 
"Marvelously inventive staging! Draws expertly and seamlessly from a range of dance styles, never straying far from classical ballet, in a manner that flaunts the dramatic and technical flair of this handsome company"
--The Huffington Post

"Triumphant…powerful!"
--The Times-Picayune
 
"Brilliantly bold and sensitive… a new ballet of truly tragic proportions."
--The Daily Telegraph

PRINCIPAL CASTING (Blanche, Stella, Stanley) subject to change
Eve Mutso, Sophie Martin, Erik Cavallari -- Thu.-Sat., May 28-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Araminta Wraith, Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Christopher Harrison -- Sat., May 30 at 1:30 p.m.
 
In its Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet makes a splash with a sexy, dynamic new take on the beloved American literary masterpiece, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.
 
Dedicated to strong classical technique, Scottish Ballet isn't afraid to take on groundbreaking modern pieces. A contemporary ballet company that specializes in the seminal 20th century canon, they also perform classic full-length story ballets, making them relevant for today's audience.
 
To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the play, Scottish Ballet collaborated with renowned film and theater director Nancy Meckler (Royal Shakespeare Company) and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to create a vibrant fusion of drama and dance set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by Peter Salem.
 
Trying to leave a troubled past behind her, fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment. Stella's brutish husband Stanley sees that Blanche is not what she appears to be, and sets out to destroy her. The New Orleans Times-Picayune praised the production, saying "before a stunned and silenced house of 2,200 theater goers, the Scottish Ballet showed the depths of its roster and the dramatic savvy of the team that assembled the project."
 
This performance contains mature content and is recommended for age 16 and up.

Performance Timing: Act I - 60 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 40 min.