Producing Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, A Process for Directing a Play with No Refund Theatre

Open Access
Horvath, John Samuel
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Matthew Toronto, Thesis Supervisor
  • Annette Kay Mcgregor, Honors Advisor
  • NRT
  • No Refund Theatre
  • Streetcar
  • Horvath
This document chronicles the No Refund Theatre production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. A non-profit, student organization, No Refund Theatre produces a show nearly every weekend of the academic year. Streetcar was performed February 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2010 and met with positive feedback. This thesis is both a study of Streetcar as a play, and a guide for directing a play with No Refund. It is divided into three sections. First, there is an analysis Tennessee Williams’ play, including a performance history, textual analysis, and character analyses. Second, there is a detailed description of the process by which I created the show. And finally, the appendices include documentation and notes from all stages of the production, and are essentially my directorial promptbook for Streetcar. Most importantly, embedded in this document is a video recording of our production of Streetcar, divided into three “acts.” I hope that this document will serve as a road-map for future directors in No Refund Theatre, and provide a template for how to approach directing a show.