If you like A Streetcar Named Desire,
you will love this fantastic, unbelievable, smokin' production, directed By
Russell Copley at the Eagle Rock High School.
Russell is not your run of the mill high
school, or college director. His talent and creativeness far outreach
the "ho hum" productions of most of the productions of today’s
theatre. His recent productions of Antigone-The Remix and La
Loteria have created a storm of interest in North East Los Angeles.
Russell is also a talented, creative actor
(SAG/Equity) who has more than proven his worth in that field. See his
resume to know that past. Russell was raised in South Africa and came to Los
Angeles via Australia, England, Ireland and Holland. He has no connection
in Hollywood. We all know about connections. But that is not stopping this
man from giving his talent to his students, who have learned that he is just
what I said: talented, creative and determined.
For a start he has cast Siddartha Calacuayo
as Stanley, who will not be another Marlon Brando type, but more of a Johnny
Depp type. Carlo Estella, plays Mitch as a disabled war veteran, unlike Karl
Malden's performance as an overweight klutz. Violet Ruiz plays Blanch DuBois,
and will be depicted more like a Scarlet Johansson sultry type rather than a
Vivien Leigh's OCD basket case. Finally, Melissa Chan, plays a strong
Stella. This is just the start.
Two Warner Bros. set designers, Matt Russell
and Kristen Merlino, graduates of Carnegie Melon Design School in
Pittsburgh, PA are designing the sets. Be prepared for a huge "outside
the box" visual head-spinner.
This production, without a doubt, will be a
mind buzzer, that will have people buzzing for a long time. This production
was planned a year ago, long before the destruction of New Orleans. Although
the play is set in New Orleans, they are not looking to utilize that fact.
" To ride on the misery of thousands is not our goal." remarked
If you know a Broadway producer who is
seeking a winner, tell them to come to the Eagle Rock production of "A
Streetcar Named Desire" - they will find their winner. Please call
323-982-1442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and
Half of all of the fundraiser proceeds go to the New Orleans Humane Society.
They raised $2,100 in a recent fundraiser for the Animals of New Orleans. This
is a link to that Humane Society.