A Streetcar Named Desire
March 20th-22nd, 26th--28th 2015
A Streetcar Named Desire was written by American playwright Tennessee Williams in 1947, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play has starred such acting greats as: Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Vivien Leigh, Blythe Danner, Frances McDormand, Aidan Quinn, Jessica Lange, Cate Blanchett, and John C. Riley - to name a few. Streetcar has also been directed by several masters in the craft, as well as staged in many of the most famous theaters in the world. Long revered as embodying the 'dream roles' of many actors - A Streetcar Named Desire does not disappoint. The story follows Blanche DuBois through an eye opening journey wrought with shame, ego, deceit and ignorance. Streetcar is dark & cynical, exploring emotions and circumstance that take the audience places many would rather pretend do not exist. Forcing awareness to the perception we have of ourselves and the perception society has of us - the perception we 'think' we project versus the one that is received. It eloquently expresses the emotional and physical masking we participate in to 'survive' daily life. Radical Hospitality Theater is excited to debut with such a classic and wonderful work of art...honoring the era in which it was written, while bringing it into the current millennium. It will be a theatrical production very unique to the Utah experience. Innovative, creative, refreshing, and exciting...all orchestrated from the idea that:
"When you change the way you look at things...the things you look at change."
Cast & Crew
Deena Marie Manzanares as Blanche DuBois - was most recently seen as Ruby in Rings at The Grand Theatre and Hedda in Hedda Gabler with The Sting & Honey Company. A graduate of the Atlantic Theater Co. in NYC, her training also includes CAP21, Juilliard, and The Barrow Group. NYC credits include Witch/Mom in Amazing Adventures of Arthur, and Darlene in Balm in Gilead. Recent highlights: Mary in Twelve Dates of Christmas with Pygmalion Theatre Company, and co-creator and performer in Love with PopUp at the Leonardo. Favorite credits include: Hermione in The Winter’s Tale with Sting & Honey, Shirin/Azedeh in The Persian Quarter with Salt Lake Acting Company, and Sheila in Hair with the Egyptian Theatre Company. Other local credits: Pioneer Theatre Co, Meat & Potato, Plan-B, and Hale Centre Theatre. Proud member of Actors Equity Association.
"RadHos has approached their inaugural production in a completely different way than I've ever experienced, and I've been at this a long time! It is innovative and brave. They are energetic, hungry, and as you'll soon see, a force to be reckoned with. They are going to make a huge splash into the SLC theatre scene. There's room and a need for them. Just watch."
"Thanks to RadHos hiring me for Streetcar, I'll now be able to say I played both Hedda Gabler and Blanche DuBois within a years time! I feel like the luckiest actor in SLC." - Deena Marie Manzanares
Aaron Adams as Stanley Kowalski—Aaron holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah and lives in Salt Lake City. He has appeared on stage at Plan B Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, the Babcock Theatre, Westminster Players, and Black Dog Productions. His favorite roles include: Michael in Dancing at Lughnasa, Palomides in The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid, and the title role in William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Aaron is incredibly excited to dive into the world of A Streetcar Named Desire as he attempts to breathe new life into the character of Stanley Kowalski.
A huge thanks to Radical Hospitality for this wonderful opportunity.
“Love you, mom and dad!”
MacKenzie Pedersen as Stella Kowalski - considers Streetcar to be one of the greatest American plays ever written and could not be more ecstatic to have the opportunity of performing with the ultimate cast and crew. She has performed with theaters across Utah including HCTWV, HCTO, Sundance, and the Neil Simon Festival. Her favorite roles include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Lina Lamont in Singing in the Rain, and Kathy in the Last Five Years. She would like to thank all her magnificent and good looking friends and goofy family for supporting her through the years.
Sila Agavale as Harold Mitchell (Mitch) - is happy to play Mitch in Radical Hospitality’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. A chance to act is always a blessing and Sila is very thankful for the opportunity to do what he loves. The last three productions Sila acted in are The Celebration Theater's original world premiere Haram Iran, The Luna Playhouse's production of A Doll's House and the Ruskin Group theaters production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Sila is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, and also has an extensive film resume. Watch for him in the upcoming film Waffle Street starring Danny Glover in theaters soon. His next project will have him direct and act in his independent feature film Lost at Desert - a modern retelling of Steinbeck’s classic story Of Mice and Men slated to shoot summer of 2015.
Sila would like to thank the Radical Hospitality Theater group for the invitation to play in their premiere production to the Salt Lake City theater world.
Olivia Custodio as Eunice/Ensemble - Olivia is ecstatic to join the Radical Hospitality family as Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire. Favorite roles include Sue Mengers in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, Sister Marriott in 2014's Saturday's Voyeur, and Domina in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. She has performed leading roles in operas including Elle in La Voix Humaine, the Witch in Hansel And Gretel, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Flora in La Traviata, and Bradamante in Alcina. A lover of all things humorous, Olivia has studied improv comedy at The Second City in Chicago. Olivia received her Bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University and her Master of Music at the University of Utah. Thanks to Radical Hospitality for the amazing opportunity and to all of the pretty phenomenal people in her life for keeping her sane. Well, as sane as any actor can be.
Natalie Keezer as Ensemble - is honored to be a part of this exciting new company. Before auditioning for the talented people at Radical Hospitality Theatre, Natalie lived in Los Angeles where she performed improv comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Prior to joining the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire, she performed locally as Mother Teresa in The Last days of Judas Iscariot with the Wasatch Theatre Company.
Travis McElroy as Pablo/Ensemble - Travis is thrilled to be a part of the Radical Hospitality Theatre family. He has entertained audiences across the US and Internationally for 10 years (although he has been performing for 20...*laughs*) He moved from Georgia 6 months ago and made his Utah debut as Captain Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None. Big Thanks to Tara, Yolanda, Cooper and the entire Cast and Crew for the opportunity to be part of a Modern Spin to a Classic Piece. And Thank YOU for supporting us…Enjoy the ride!
Nicholas Diaz as Tennessee Williams & Ensemble - originally from Chicago, began acting at the age of 17. Nicholas primarily does independent film work, and has been in feature films such as Slow Moe, Propensity, and Elizabeth’s Gift. He has also starred in many short films including Composing the Broken Heart and Capital Punishment. Most recently, Nicholas was Judas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Rose Wagner. Prior to that he was the lead in a series on Comcast on demand called The Gap. Nicholas studied acting in California at the Actor's center of San Francisco. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, and enjoys spending his time with his wife Kari.
William Cooper Howell, (Director) - Originally from Santa Monica, California. Previous Directing Credits include RENT at the Project Warehouse and the regional premier of The Color Purple for Wasatch Theater Company. He has choreographed numerous productions over the valley including Side Show, Carousel, Footloose, and Godspell. Acting credits include Che in Evita, Paul San Marcos in A Chorus Line, Satan in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Jim Conley in Parade, Jake in Side Show, Hanschen Rilow in Spring Awakening, and Stephen Kodoly in Side Show. He is overwhelmed by the opportunity to direct this incredible show for this awesome new theater company.
My name is Dominique Jackson (Costume Designer), also known as Que. I’m a Stylist and the owner of JaxonJill Styling. A gypsy to the core, I’ve spent a large portion of my life transitioning in and out of the fair hamlet of Salt Lake City. I’ve always given into adventure and love whenever it presents itself. As a child, my love for singing and dancing was the only thing that gave me a sense of joy. I followed my love all throughout high school and into college where I auditioned for an internship with Disney’s College Program. A random encounter during my first semester landed me a spot as an entertainer in Disney World. My love took me first to Florida, then to Canada, and the Caribbean.
Musical theater on a cruise ship was one of the most MAGICAL experiences of my life...until fashion took over. My passion for fabrication, asymmetry, and outfitting all my friends lead to a career as a Stylist and Visual Merchandiser. My new Love led me all throughout the US and internationally where I have created concepts, staged departments, and stylized mannequins for store openings. Now as the owner of JaxonJill Styling, I utilize all my experience for photo shoots, personal shopping, one on one consultations, and costume design.
My passions have conspired, once again, in the most exciting way to bring me back to the city of salt - my forever home. I currently belong to Salt Lake City Mass choir, which has been a huge blessing in my life. Our level of talent and commitment to the #MakingGodFamous campaign is unparalleled. I am also very blessed to be a part of Radical Hospitality Productions. This has been the most electric and passionate group of people I have ever come across! The vision from the beginning has been about one thing and one thing only, The Love Of Art. I continue to be inspired by these incredible artists on the daily.
Erica Richardson (Stage Manager) is so excited to be stage managing one of her favorite plays and working with such an amazing company and cast. Erica is an Artist and teacher. She started singing and writing music at the age of 4. She studied music and theater at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City UT and then moved to the Bay area for 6 years, were she won various awards for her music and theater performances. Erica is a Soul-Reggae Jazz Hip Hop Rock Artist and performs music and theater throughout California and Utah. "I love the Arts and need to be involved in any way I can. The Art's have enhanced and changed my life and has allowed me to grow and express my self with others." Erica currently teaches voice, vocal performance, musical theater performance, acting, and beginning piano.