Carmel Community Players’ ’Steetcar Named Desire’ arrives at The Cat

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Addison Ahrendts has a new copy of “A Streetcar Named Desire” movie. But she won’t watch it for a few weeks.

“I only saw the movie once when I was younger and I went out and bought it, but I refuse to watch it now that I’ve been cast,” Ahrendts said. “I’m going to wait until after our show and possibly regret things or love what we did with it.”

Ahrendts, an Indianapolis resident, is playing Stella Kowalski in Carmel Community Players’ production of the Tennessee Williams’ classic April 26 to May 5 at the The Cat, 254 Veterans Way, Carmel.

Kim Hunter won a Supporting Academy Award for her portrayal of Stella in the 1951 movie.

“Stella is very therapeutic for me. I’m familiar with some of the emotions she goes through in relationship dynamics,” Ahrendts said. “It’s to show people the personal side of a domestic lifestyle like that. I love doing the darker, emotionally in-depth characters.”

Marlon Brando had the famous role of Stella’s abusive husband, Stanley Kowalski.

Carmel resident Jonathan Scoble plays Stanley.

“It’s a challenge,” Scoble said. “I wanted a character and I got one. I hadn’t read the (play) before. I came to audition for a cold read. Someone gave me advice not to watch the movie, so I haven’t. I’ve seen snippets by happenstance because it’s such an iconic show. I’ve got some work to do, but I’ve got a grasp on him.”

Scoble said the role is easily the most complex he has to tackle in his short acting career.

“He’s truly a character.He’s got some layers to him, for sure,” Scoble said.

Scoble started acting about 18 months ago.

“That bug bit me pretty good,” Scoble said. “I’m going project to project, very opportunistically.”

Laura Givens, a Noblesville resident, plays Blanche DuBois, Stella’s older sister who comes to live with her sister and brother-in-law in New Orleans after losing her teaching job and the family home to creditors. Blanche views Stanley as common and he doesn’t like her presence.

“It’s one of the roles I’ve always had my eye on,” Givens said. “There are a lot of dimensions to Blanche. I’ve focused on the text. It’s a rich text and Tennessee Williams gives you lots of clues. Tennessee Williams’ writing is so lyrical and it’s a pleasure to be a part of.”

Lawrence resident Adam Workman plays Harold Mitchell, who goes by Mitch.

“I was a theater major in college but really didn’t do anything with that for about 10 years,” Workman said. “I got a regular 9 to 5 job and have been back doing theater for about two years now.”

Workman said it’s a challenge to find something relatable in the character, a friend of Stanley who ends up dating Blanche.

“It’s such a famous play and movie,” Workman said. “You want to live up to that and give it justice.”

Workman recently worked with director Brent Wooldridge, a Plainfield resident who is directing his third play with CCP.

“I’ve been doing theater for 25 years, at least. I’ve lost count of how many shows I’ve directed. It’s probably in the 60s by now,” Wooldridge said.

Wooldridge said the play is designed for a bigger space.

“There are some challenges there,” he said.

There are 11 cast members. Bobbi Van Howe is the producer and Charlie Hanover is the executive producer.

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