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Beaumont Community Players will present a clas­sic of American theater, Tennessee Williams’ Pulit­zer Prize-winning drama “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for three week­ends, beginning March 28.

“Streetcar” tells the unforgettable story of fad­ing Southern belle Blanche DuBois (Jade Oliver) who must leave her Mississippi plantation and move in to the cramped, gritty New Orleans apartment of her sister Stella (Heather Rushing) and Stella’s hus­band Stanley Kowalski (Michael Mason). Tension mounts as Blanche’s pre­tentions and tenuous grasp on reality conflict with Stanley’s earthy, animalis­tic nature.

Debuting in 1947, “Streetcar” has become so ingrained in American cul­ture that even those who have never seen the play or its Academy Award-win­ning screen adaptation probably know at least a few lines from it – Stan­ley’s bellow of “Stell-ahhh!” or Blanche’s “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Now, guided by veteran director Gina Hinson. Beaumont Community Players is bringing this evocative script to life.

“It’s hard not to get caught up in this intense American masterpiece,” Hinson said. “Now’s your chance to see this classic performed by an incredible ensemble of the best talent in Beaumont.”

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is rated PG for vio­lence and adult language.

Performances are sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. March 28-29, April 4-5 and April 10-12, and 2 p.m. April 5. All performances will be in the Jerry L. McMillan Stu­dio Theatre at Beaumont Community Players’ Betty Greenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 4155 Laurel Ave. in Beaumont.

Tickets are available for $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Call (409) 833-4664 or visit beaumontcommu­nityplayers.com.