Blanche DuBois is falling apart. Shaken – shattered – she’s left her home and moved to New Orleans to live with her sister Stella. There, Blanche falls under the sway of her sister’s husband, played with such heat by Marlon Brando in the 1951 movie. Things don’t end well.
Nashville Ballet brings a new version of the Tennessee Williams story to life November 1st to 3rd. Why is Blanche coming to pieces? And should our hearts break too?
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And if that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!” Blanche says.
“I know I fib a good deal. After all, a woman’s charm is fifty per cent illusion, but when a thing is important I tell the truth,” Blanche says.
“Never inside, I didn’t lie in my heart…,” Blanche says.
She’s – complicated.