A 'Streetcar' pulls in to barebones productions

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Barebones productions goes retro to open its 11th season, which begins Nov. 20 with Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” then leaps ahead in time for the local premiere of “American Falls,” the first play by actress-writer and University of Pittsburgh alumna Miki Johnson.

“Streetcar,” which debuted on stage in 1947, takes Patrick Jordan’s company back a ways after a 10th season of contemporary plays, “The [expletive] With the Hat” and “A Steady Rain.”

“American Falls” (early 2015, exact dates TBA) debuted at Houston’s Catastrophic Theatre in 2012, when the Houston Chronicle wrote, “Ms. Johnson reminds us what great theater has always been about is great storytelling.” The twisty play weaves monologues by eight characters from the town of American Falls, Idaho. Ohio native Johnson received her BFA in creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in acting from Yale.

Ms. Johnson’s acting roles for Quantum Theatre include Imogen in “Cymbeline,” which co-starred Mr. Jordan, and they teamed as actors for Bricolage Urban Scrawl 2.

Tickets for “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Nov. 20-Dec. 6 at the New Hazlett Theater) and “American Falls” are $30 in advance and $35 at the door; barebonesproductions.com  or 1-888-71TICKET. More info at barebonesproductions.com.


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