Actors' Equity Association (Equity) announced today that the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE has been selected as the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2011-2012 Season. The Diversity Award will be presented at a reception prior to Equity's National Council Meeting at the Equity headquarters in New York City on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:30PM EST.
The Award, presented by Equity's Eastern Regional Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is set against the sexy backdrop of 1950's New Orleans' gritty French Quarter and tells the tale of a former school teacher and socialite, forced to move in with her sister and animalistic brother-in-law, who quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the steamy underbelly of the Big Easy. The production stars Blair Underwood in the iconic role of Stanley, Nicole Ari Parker as Blanche, Daphne Rubin-Vega as Stella, and Wood Harris as Mitch. The cast also includes Rosa Arredondo, Amelia Campbell, Carmen DeLavallade, Danielle Lee Greaves, J. Mallory-McCree, Aaron Clifton Moten, Morocco Omari, Jacino Taras Riddick and Count Stovall.
Streetcar's creative team includes: Direction by Emily Mann, Set Design by Eugene Lee, Lighting Design by Edward Pierce, Costumes by Paul Tazewell, Sound Design by Mark Bennett, and Choreography by Camille Brown. This unique and gripping multi-racial production is presented by Stephen Byrd, Alia Jones, Anthony Lacavera, BET Networks, Henry G. Jarecki, Simon Says Entertainment and Dancap Productions.
Actors' Equity Association represents more than 49,000 professional stage Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. It is the oldest performing arts union in the country and preparations are underway to celebrate Equity's 100th anniversary in 2013.