The senior students in the
department of Performing Arts at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts are staging the
play Arzu Tramvayı (A Streetcar Named Desire) December 15, 22 and 29 at the Bilkent
The famous American playwright Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire and the
play brought Williams a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play highlights the cultural
clash between two symbolic characters, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, and points out
conflicts between concepts such as reality versus illusion and feminine versus masculine.
BilkentNews interviewed the director of the play, Tsotne Nakashidze, to learn more about
the production of the play. "We chose this play because it exposes the problems of
the time we live in, the modern/post-modern era, such as the harshness of everyday life or
the incapability we have in communicating with each other. There is ongoing conflict
between this world of problems and those human beings who are romantic, emotional, kind,
sensitive; who dream of the idealized version of things. Nothing in this world turns out
the way we plan or dream. The play reflects this conflict.
This is not a new problem; it has always been present. And still, we haven't been able to
solve this conflict," replied Nakashidze when we asked why this particular play was
Nakashidze added, "The play is also interesting for students, because students'
status quo involves same conflict too. In school, they live in a world of ideals, but when
school is over, they face a world of reality." The play demonstrates the culmination
of four years of education in the department of THEA, since all of the cast members are
fourth year students who will graduate this summer. Nakashidze added that the roles are
played alternately in two groups so that actors and actresses in both groups can
experience playing both minor and major roles.
At the end of our interview, Tsotne Nakashidze expressed his thanks to all of the people
who participated, worked hard and helped him during the creation of the performance,
including the cast, the crew, and the faculty members of the department.
Blanche: Burcu Aksakal / L.Tuğçe Özbudak
Stanley: Çağatay E.Mıdıkhan / Ahmet Akın Canalıoğlu
Stella: Sibel Tatlıcan / Esra Ertör
Eunice-Nurse-African American Woman: Hande N.Alpaslan/ Merve Gül /
Steve: Erkan Uyanıksoy
Pablo: N.Efe Ünsal / Emrah Keskin
Mexican Woman: Nuray Çınar
İpek Atik (COMD/IV)