Joe Manganiello Leads Yale Rep's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Beg. Tonight


Yale Repertory Theatre has announced that René Augesen will play Blanche DuBois and Joe Manganiello will play Stanley Kowalski in its first-ever production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, the Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Mark Rucker, the production, which will open Yale Rep's 2013-14 season, will play tonight, September 20-October 12, at the University Theatre (222 York Street).

In the steamy French Quarter of New Orleans, an electrifying battle of wills ignites between Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. Nerves fraying and beauty fading, Blanche is both repelled and intrigued by Stanley's primal brutishness-even as he threatens to reveal her darkest secrets and destroy her illusions.

RENÉ AUGESEN (BLANCHE DuBOIS) previously appeared at Yale Rep in The Beaux' Stratagem and A Woman of No Importance. She was a core Acting Company member at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco for twelve seasons, where she delighted critics and audiences in more than three dozen productions, including The Misanthrope, Scapin, The Tosca Project, Round and Round the Garden, Clybourne Park (west coast premiere), A Doll House, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Christmas Carol, November, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, War Music, Brainpeople, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Rock 'n' Roll, and most recently the world premiere of Dead Metaphor by George F. Walker. In New York, she has appeared in Spinning into Butter (Lincoln Center Theater), Macbeth with Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett (The Public Theater), It's My Party... with F. Murray Abraham and Joyce Van Patten (ArcLight Theatre), and Overruled (Drama League). Her other regional theatre credits include the world premieres of The Beard of Avon and The Hollow Lands at South Coast Repertory, as well as productions at Great Lakes Theater Festival, Baltimore's CENTERSTAGE, the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and Stage West. Film and television: The Battle Studies, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Another World, and Saint Maybe (HallMark Hall of Fame). As a 2011 Ten Chimneys Foundation Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, she was recognized for her extraordinary contributions to her community and to the overall quality of the American theatre. She is a graduate of Yale School of Drama.

Joe Manganiello (STANLEY KOWALSKI), a native of Pittsburgh, plays Alcide Herveaux on HBO's critically acclaimed True Blood and will appear alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington in David Ayer's film Sabotage in January. His other film and television credits Steven Soderbergh's wildly successful Magic Mike, Peter Parker's nemesis Flash Thompson in the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, How I Met Your Mother, One Tree Hill, Two and a Half Men, White Collar, and ER. His theatre credits include Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Trip Cullman; Ojai Playwrights Festival, directed by Leonard Foglia), A Streetcar Named Desire (West Virginia Public Theatre), Drinking Games (finalist, HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival), Gloria Calderon Kellett's Wounded, and most recently, Tennessee Williams's Small Craft Warnings with William H. Macy (HERO Theatre benefit reading, Santa Monica). His first book, Evolution, will be published by Simon & Schuster in December. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and resides in Los Angeles.

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