By Chezon Jackson
Continuing the trend of staging classic Broadway works with all-black casts, acclaimed director Emily Mann helms Tennessee Williamsâ€™ masterfully iconic play A Streetcar Named Desire at the Broadhurst Theatre in April, starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Wood Harris.
Parker (Soul Food, Boogie Nights) portrays the conflicted upper-crust Southern belle Blanche DuBois, who clashes with Underwoodâ€™s working-class Stanley Kowalski.
In real life, the dedicated mother of two accepts the difficulties of juggling a family; advocating for her charitable spinabifida organization, Sophieâ€™s Voice; creating and distributing her Save Your Do workout hair wrap; and rehearsing. Of course, she is excited about her newest venture. â€œYou dream of it, but the idea of them casting an African-American in the role of Blanche on Broadway is overwhelmingly amazing. I waited 20 years for that phone call.â€
Harris (Remember the Titans, The Wire) is eager to breathe new life into a familiar work. â€œIt is a Pulitzer prizeâ€“winning piece of literature by arguably the greatest American playwright,â€ says Harris. â€œThis play is Tony-worthy already. It just depends on how we step into these characters.â€ (streetcaronbroadway.com)