A Streetcar Line Divides the Genders and Classes

Sarita Ocón (Stella) and Ogie Zulueta (Stanley) star in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at Ubuntu Theater Project

Sarita Ocón (Stella) and Ogie Zulueta (Stanley) star in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' at Ubuntu Theater Project (Photo: Simone Finney/Ubuntu Theater Project )

My co-host, YBCA’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph, notes he doesn’t believe in art that doesn’t bleed, sweat or cry. It’s one reason we both love the work of Oakland’s Ubuntu Theater Project, which always aspires to reach such intensity. Ubuntu Theater is currently staging Tennessee Williams’s classic drama A Streetcar Named Desire, which is all about gender and class war. Blanche DuBois wages against the macho Stanley Kowalski, and the alternating resistance and complicity of Stella, Blanche’s sister and Stanley’s wife. The stakes are high — a quality that Marc notes makes the difference between the entertaining and the transformative. Details for Ubuntu’s A Streetcar Named Desire at the Alice Collective in Oakland Feb. 2-25 are here. 

A Streetcar Line Divides the Genders and Classes 7 February,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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