a streetcar named desire mud lab

Mississippi Mud returns to its birth with a Lab of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

Directed by Obie-Winning Austin Pendleton.

Open Lab Performance Show Dates & Times.
Nine Actors Lab Showings of Streetcar:

Saturday July 20 @ 8 pm
Sunday July 21 @ 7pm

Friday July 26 @ 8 pm
Saturday July 27 @ 8 pm
Sunday July 28 @ 7 pm

Friday August 2 @ 8 pm
Saturday August 3 @ 8 pm
Sunday August 4 @ 7 pm
Monday August 5 @ 8:30pm

With:

Charles Black as the Doctor
Christina Jacquelyn Calph as Stella Kowalski
Neil Crisci as Pablo Gonzalez
Jen Danby as Blanche DuBois
Rosie Goldensohn as Eunice Hubbell
Janelle Lawrence as the Negro Woman
Jamie Moore as Harold Mitchell (Mitch)
Patricia Perales as Mexican Woman / Nurse
Rafael Rodriguez as Steve Hubbell
Toshiji Takeshima as Stanley Kowalski
Dean Thomas as the Young Man

Assistant Director/"Gadge" Guy: Augustin J. Correro
Production Manager: Lisa Raymond
Costume Eyes: David Thompson
Technical Director: Siobhan Weiss
Music For Mud Lab: Judd Danby

The Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development
330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

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Free admission - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!! Please email date, name and number of tickets to lisa@mississippimudproductions.com. Anyone without reservations will be put on a standby list and seated pending available seats.

More on the cast...

Charles CHARLES BLACK (The Doctor) Has trained with Anne Jackson, Mary Anthony, Arthur French, and Austin Pendleton in New York. He is an actor and dancer. His stage credits include: BIRMINGHAM REUNION by George Joshua with OneHeart, BURY THE DEAD at HB Playwrights Theatre (director Geoffrey Owens), and with Mississippi Mud Productions: LUST, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and the upcoming STREETCAR and VIEUX CARRE in the role of the Writer in Mississippi Mud's summer Mud Lab, and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF in the role of Tooker, with a new production with Mud this coming fall, all under Mr. Pendleton's direction. Mr. Black has served as Assistant Director for both LUST and SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER with Mississippi Mud, both directed by Austin Pendleton and with fight choreography by Diego Villada. Television and film roles include, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, ALL MY CHILDREN, GUIDING LIGHT, THE LAW & ORDERS, 30 ROCK, THE DEPARTED, ACROSS THE SEA OF TIME, JUST MY LUCK, STONEWALL and many others
   
Christina CHRISTINA CALPH (Stella Kowalski) is honored to be playing the role of Stella Kowalski in her first production with Mississippi Mud Productions! She can currently be seen on screen in ARTHUR (Warner Brothers) alongside Russell Brand and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren. She next appeared in the film, TOWER HIEST (Universal) starring Ben Stiller & Eddie Murphy. Her New York theater credits include THE SUNSHINE BOYS with Lewis J. Stadlen & Chip Zien (Engeman), VICTOR/VICTORIA (Off-Broadway), FINE FUNNY & FEMALE SKETCH COMEDY SHOW (Off-Broadway), and TURKEY DAY (Off-off Broadway). TV credits include TINY APARTMENT (Comedy Central), DECEPTION (NBC), MADE IN NEW JERSEY (CBS), RESCUE ME (FX), WHITEST KIDS U KNOW (IFC), THE DAILY SHOW WITH JOHN STEWART (Comedy Central), ONION NWS NETWORK (IFC) & WEEKEND PRE-GAME (Spike TV). Christina is also the director, writer & producer of the comedic web-series, XXX: A BAD GIRL'S BALL.  
   
Neil NEIL CRISCI (Pablo Gonzalez) Neil is proud to be making his Mud debut in this classic Williams play. Some of his favorite explorations in class with Miss Anne Jackson were on Tennessee's work. As a veteran he has a special affinity for this character. Much thanks to Jen and Austin for providing this chance to make art sing. Eternal love and gratitude to my wife Tina.
   
Jen Danby JEN DANBY (Blanche) Founder, Artistic Director and Company Head of Mississippi Mud. With Mud: Blanche DuBois opposite Toshiji Takeshima as Stanley Kowalski in in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (dir. Brian Lady & Austin Pendleton), Vivien Leigh in the first New York off-Broadway revival of ORSON'S SHADOW by Austin Pendleton, opposite Andy McCutcheon as Larry Olivier (dir. Lauren Reinhard), VIVIEN LEIGH: THE LAST PRESS CONFERENCE in Key West and New York, Catharine Holly in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (with Austin Pendleton), Helena in LUST, and Maggie in Mud Lab CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, with a production coming of CAT this fall in Mud, all under Mr. Pendleton's direction. Coming this summer in Mud Actors Lab at "Tom's": Blanche in STREETCAR and Jane in VIEUX CARRE with Charles Black as the Writer and with other Mud and guest artists, directed by Mr. Pendleton. Select theatre: HEDDA GABLER, VALPARAISO, THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH (dir. Amy Wright at HB Studio), and Maggie Brunswick in the world premiere of BIRMINGHAM REUNION with OneHeart. Film/TV/New Media credits include RUN #3, TRUE HOLLYWOOD SITTER, ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, LOVE MONKEY, and PAULA and BAD PICTURES "DAILIES" with The Wooster Group. Ken Park Talent 212.566.8672 kenparkmgmt@aol.com. jendanby.com. AEA, SAG-AFTRA
   
Rosie ROSIE GOLDENSOHN (Eunice Hubbell) is a writer and actor. She has toured internationally with New York City Players in Richard Maxwell's NEUTRAL HERO and worked with the film directors Zoe Beloff and Marianna Ellenberg/David Zuckerman. Her 2012 adaptation of Chekhov's THREE SISTERS was shown at Dixon Place, as was a collaboration with the dancers Eleanor Hullihan, Michelle Boulé and Paige Martin. She has a BA in philosophy from the University of Michigan.
   
Janelle JANELLE LAWRENCE (Negro Woman) is a junior at Manhattanville College.​ In her career she has appeared in ANTIGONE with Love Creek Theatre Company, SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL and SHOWTUNE, both directed by Mark Cherry. She is Costume Assistant to Liz Prince and has contributed to her projects at Manhattanville College such as: The Fall 12' andSpring 13' Dance Concerts, SHE LOVES ME with direction by Mark Cherry and AS YOU LIKE IT with direction by Zach Morris. She most recently worked on exploratory readings of VIEUX CARRE with Mississippi Mud Productions under the direction of Austin Pendleton who also participated in the reading explorations, as well as Production Assistant for THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT (AEA) with direction by Austin Pendleton and written and acted by Jen Danby.

JAMIE MOORE (Harold Mitchell (Mitch)) New York roles include Brick in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Steve Hubbell in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, both with Mississippi Mud, SEVEN FLIGHTS UP, CLOSER, and THE WOOLGATHERER. He has produced two shows at the Producers club. Jamie has studied with various teachers at HB Studio, including Austin Pendleton.

   
B PATRICIA PERALES (Mexican Woman / Nurse) originally from TX, has been in various theater and film productions in NYC. She was most recenty seen as Lorraine in Mud Lab's LUST by Maria Irene Fornes. Currently, she studies at HB Studio. She is also a graduate of the University of TX-San and Syracuse University. An avid traveler, she is fluent in Spanish and conversational Italian.

   
Maureen Mooney RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ (Steve Hubbell) Rafael Rodriguez (affectionately known as Raffy) is proud to be a fellow Mudling! A native of Union City, NJ, he is a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a Minor in History. As a teenager, Raffy appeared on the syndicated children's TV show STEAMPIPE ALLEY starring Mario Cantone. Some of his most memorable roles as a kid include the Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ and the White Rabbit in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He appeared in his first New York production in 1996 (a play called LAST CALL produced by the Cockpit Ensemble). He was most recently seen as Borkin in IVANOV for Mud's Chekhov Scene Night and also as Kilroy in CAMINO REAL for Mud's Williams' Scene Night. Raffy has also made appearances on TV shows including LAW & ORDER, THIRD WATCH and SEX AND THE CITY, and films FOR LOVE OF THE GAME starring Kevin Costner and ALCHEMY starring Tom Cavanaugh & Sarah Chalke. He was also the head writer, associate producer and a featured actor on the independent soap opera ROSEBAY which aired on public access & the Web in 2001-2004.

   
Sean Walsh TOSHIJI TAKESHIMA (Stanley Kowalski) Originally from Tokyo,Toshiji has been working in New York since 2005. Recent theatre credits: Anchin in Pan Asian Repetroy's DOJOJI, THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE (World Premiere/Edinburgh int'l Festival, Singapore Arts Festival and Public Theatre UR Festival), THE SHANGHAI GESTURE (Mirror Rep), Stanley in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Mississippi Mud) The Prince in SLEEPING BEAUTY (NYSTI), HONOR (Prospect Theatre Company), IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL (Abingdon Theatre), THREE SISTERS, SUMMERFOLK, THE OLD HOUSE (HB Playwrights Theatre), RASHOMON (Common Basis), Lun Tha in THE KING & I (Broadway Palm)and more. Film/TV: HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA (HBO), CASHMERE MAFIA (ABC), HUNGRY FOR GOLD (IOC), HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC) and much more. Numerous appearances on stages, films, TV and commercials in Japan, including "Soft Bank" with Brad Pitt, directed by Spike Jonze. Acting training includes HB Studio, New York and Noh-Kyogen theatre training with Kansuke Izumi (Okura-ryu).

Toshiji recently performed okura-ryu kyogen- komai for the charity concert (tohoku-tsunami/ hurricane sandy) at Carnegie Hall www.toshijitakeshima.com

   
Jo Anne Sellers DEAN THOMAS (Young Man) I'm originally from florida moved to nyc feb 2012 to pursue acting and to develop as an artist.When I was 11 years old I did a one act on stage impersonating my grandmother for ten minutes, I had so much fun that I didn't think you can do that for a living. I always thought you had to do something you didn't necessarily like. Then when I was 18 I fell back into it and now have a great passion for the theater. When I moved here I Studied at Stella Adler for 4months and then started to take classes with Austin pendelton at HB.
   
Austin AUSTIN PENDLETON (STREETCAR Lab Director) has just directed THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL PROJECT for Mississippi Mud Productions. He recently directed THE BIRTHDAY PARTY at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, where he has acted and directed, as a member of the Ensemble, for many years. In New York, he has directed several Mississippi Mud productions, including SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (in which he also appeared), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (in Mud Lab and to be mounted in a NYC run with Mud this fall), and is now preparing for Mud Actors Lab work this summer of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and VIEUX CARRE. He has directed three Chekhov productions at Classic Stage Company: UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS (for which he won an Obie), and IVANOV, featuring, between them, such actors as Maggie Gylenhall, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ethan Hawke. He has acted in many movies and in recurring roles on such TV series as HOMICIDE and OZ, as well as on Broadway in, most recently, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK,with Natalie Portman and Linda Lavin, in a script revised by Wendy Kesselman, in whose musical, THE BLACK MONK, he played the title role. He has written three plays: ORSON'S SHADOW, produced at Mud after it's off-Broadway run which lasted the year of 2005, at the Barrow St. Theatre, directed by David Cromer; UNCLE BOB, which has been produced in NY, around the country and internationally; and BOOTH, which starred Frank Langella in its productions in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven; as well as the libretto for A MINISTER'S WIFE, music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, commissioned and produced by Chicago's Writers' Theatre in 2009, and at Lincoln Center in 2011. All these works have been published. He directed Elizabeth Taylor on Broadway in Lillian Hellman's THE LITTLE FOXES. His most recent directing in New York is THE LAST WILL (in which he also appeared), by Robert Brustein, at the Abingdon Theatre. He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York.
   
Augustin AUGUSTIN CORRERO (Assistant Director/"Gadge" Guy) is a director, acting teacher, and dramaturg with a focus on the works of Tennessee Williams. He received his M.F.A in Theatre Performance Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in Theatre from Mississippi University for Women. His thesis "Performing Tennessee Williams" is the basis for a masterclass of the same title, which he has taught at Tisch, The Shop Theatre (Virginia), National Thespian Society, and VCU, and he plans to publish a book on the topic. As an actor, he has performed in SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, VIEUX CARRE, SUMMER AND SMOKE, and many plays and musicals in New York and regionally which were not written by Tennessee Williams; and he has directed a staged reading of SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR for the Richmond Tennessee Williams Centennial Celebration. His work as a director and teacher has been showcased at SETC, the Complete Theatre Company, American Alliance of Theatre and Education, Richmond Triangle Players, Thespian Productions, and the Atlanta Fringe Festival.
   
David DAVID B. THOMPSON (Costume Eyes) holds an MFA in Costume Design & Technology from Virginia Tech. Selected costume designs, include the White Horse Theater Co.'s SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS, IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL, SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, and workshop production of HALF, the Lookingglass - productions of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, as well as the Gallery Players AS YOU LIKE IT. After "running away to join the circus" as Wardrobe Manager for a two year North American tour of Cirque Dreams Illumination, a European-style circus, David returned to NYC to play with a different circus as a wardrobe dresser on Broadway's PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT at the Palace Theatre. After which, the Circus beckoned again, this time it was Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy for six weeks in Cancun, Mexico. Immediately following was 4 months as George Hamilton's dresser/personal assistant on the 1st National tour of La Cage aux Folles. He can currenty be found dressing Terrence Mann in the Tony nominated revival of PIPPIN. Costume Coordinator for Mississippi Mud's SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER. Looking forward to playing in the Mud with this exciting group of people!!
   
Siobhan SIOBHAN WEISS (Technical Director) Siobhan Weiss' love for plays and live theater started at nine when shesaw her first play (Harvey w/Jimmy Stewart and Helen Hayes on Broadway). Reading plays became a favorite pastime, which led to a focus on drama criticism and theater history, theory, directing. (acting came much later). Upon moving to NYC after college, she attended the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, feeling that as a director she needed to have a better understanding of acting. Living on the Lower East Side in the eighties presented many opportunities to work with experimental theater and performance art in a writer/director capacity. The focus was generally on political and social themes with mixed media, often in non traditional performance venues (everything form vacant lots and rooftops to bars, the Bethesda Fountain...) Filling in as a Stage Manager from time to time .She gained some experience in working lighting and sound boards, etc. This led to being a technical director in most of the cabaret rooms in NY between 1994 - 2005 . In 2004 she began studying Acting at The Matthew Corazine Studio and later with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio. She is thrilled to be working with Jen Danby and Mississippi Mud Productions.
   
Judd JUDD DANBY (Music Man) Danby holds degrees from Rutgers University (B. Mus. in Jazz Performance) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (M. Mus. and A.Mus.D. in composition-theory). He studied jazz performance with Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar, William Fielder, John Garvey, Ranny Reeve, and Sahib Shihab, jazz arranging with Mark Kirk, and composition and electroacoustic music with Thomas Fredrickson, John Melby, Scott Wyatt, and Paul Martin Zonn. At the Atlantic Center for the Arts he studied with Milton Babbitt and Donald Martino. His doctoral dissertation comprised a large work for orchestra (Regions) and a monograph on array and superarray structure and projection in Milton Babbitt's orchestral music.

About the Mud Lab: The Mud Lab is a developmental space for actors to work on craft as ensemble with key plays and as a company. For four weeks this summer, Mud will be in residence at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development in midtown Manhattan to explore Streetcar Named Desire and Vieux Carre under the guiding eye of Broadway director and master teacher and actor Austin Pendleton, working with a fine and curious tribe of actors. The work is in essence a gym space for actors' muscles and for ensemble, and so we want to open our process up to artistic friends, associates, and family for performances as the final part of our exploration. Acting is storytelling, after all. Our sharing of the work will be followed by a talk back with the cast and team. Our desire is in the fluxus of process to dive deeply and freely.

We will share Mud lab runs at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development at 330 West 38th Street, Room 805, between 8th and 9th Avenues. Mud followers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr are welcome.

For more information please contact lisa@mississippimudproductions.com.