Ask the Directors: "Streetcar" & "Salesman" At Baltimore's Everyman
"A Streetcar Named Desire" is one of the most iconic works in American theater, immortalized in countless stage productions, and the famous 1951 movie starring Marlon Brando. Everyman Theatre in Baltimore has chosen to finish their 25th anniversary season with a production of this enduring masterpiece, but as the great philosopher and TV mystic Ron Popiel used to say, “But wait! There's more!”
Everyman has paired Tennessee Williams’ iconic classic with another work that looms equally large in the panoply of American thespian achievement: Arthur Miller’s poignant and powerful drama, "Death of a Salesman." Both plays are currently in repertory at Everyman, performed by the same cast: A cast that sometimes performs both plays on the same day.
So what do Stanley Kowalski and Willie Loman have in common? What bonds do "Streetcar" and "Salesman" share? To answer these questions, we’ve got two stage directors who share the bond of having worked together at Everyman Theatre on several occasions. Vincent Lancisi joins Tom Hall in the studio. He’s the founder and artistic director of Everyman, and the director of its current production of "Death of a Salesman." Derek Goldman joins us on the phone from Washington, DC. He’s the Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center and a Professor of Theater at Georgetown University. He has directed Everyman’s current production of "A Streetcar Named Desire."