Blanche & Stella: A Sequela

A modernized queer, Disabled new play inspired by Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with no cis white men and one Gentleman Caller who is not a gentleman, BLANCHE & STELLA explores and reimagines the central complex female relationships at the heart of Williams' play and canon.

In this retelling, Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski are two only-children and childhood best...
A modernized queer, Disabled new play inspired by Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE with no cis white men and one Gentleman Caller who is not a gentleman, BLANCHE & STELLA explores and reimagines the central complex female relationships at the heart of Williams' play and canon.

In this retelling, Blanche DuBois and Stella Kowalski are two only-children and childhood best friends ("sisters") who end up living together after Blanche goes through a cataclysmic breakup and shows up unannounced on Stella's doorstep in Washington, D.C. Now adults, the pair must navigate mismatched expectations and their own maladaptive coping mechanisms as they question what to do when the people they love aren't quite who they appeared to be.
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Blanche & Stella: A Sequela

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  • Riley Elton McCarthy:
    14 Jul. 2021
    Oh gosh, where to begin? First off, the choice to call this a "sequela", or "an aftereffect of a disease, condition, or injury", or "a secondary result"... just hits every single beat of this play all the way through. This play is not just about chosen sisters, it is a SISTER play to Streetcar down to the fiber of its being while being irrevocably original, unique, and bitingly painful. And that ending! I'm going to be thinking about this play for a while. How badly I want to see it staged...
  • Shaun Leisher:
    28 May. 2021
    By exploring the relationship of Stella Kowalski and Blanche DuBois through a modern, queer and disabled lens, Brenner has crafted a piece of theatre that deserves to be studied and produced alongside Streetcar. This play is a cry in support of a theatre that investigates the "classics" and not just keep them protected in wax museum productions. By centering BIPOC, queer and disabled actors, this play makes a case for not just inclusive casting of these older plays but re-writing them entirely.

Character Information

  • Blanche DuBois
    Late 20s,
    White
    ,
    Cis female
    White. A trust-fund baby who lost it all. Mother died when she was very young and was raised by an absent, yet rich, father. Uses charm and attraction to establish her identity, give her life meaning, and mask her deep chasm of internal emptiness. In other words: a shape-shifter.
  • Stella Kowalski
    Late 20s,
    White
    ,
    Cis female
    Light or white. Blanche's childhood best friend. A deeply closeted Military brat "married" to her job. Hardworking, sweet, empathetic, and repressed. Believes her goal in life is to make others happy—even at the expense of her own health and wellbeing. Secretly loves poetry and dance.
  • Arman Sultan
    Late 20s/Early 30s,
    Pakistani-American
    ,
    Cis male
    Pakistani-American. Student at Georgetown Law. Cerebral, sensitive, but also a bro; very much identifies as a "Nice Guy." From Maryland; parents are from Pakistan.
  • The Gentleman Caller
    Late 20s/Early 30s,
    Any
    ,
    transmasculine, Nonbinary
    Moderately successful novelist and minor celebrity. Cocky, confident, charming, but deeply sensitive underneath. Surrounds himself with beautiful women in order to mask his own internal insecurity.
  • Officer I
    Any Age,
    Any
    ,
    Male
  • Officer II
    Any Age,
    Any
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2021

Production History

  • University
    ,
    Columbia University School of the Arts
    ,
    2022

Awards

Finalist
,
Roundabout@Columbia New Play Reading Series
,
Roundabout Theatre Company
,
2021