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Latvian National Television

Teā and the New Riga Theatre Production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

On the eve of the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation’s arts programme “TÊTE-À-TÊTE”, LTV’s series of programmes and theatre productions “Teā” offered viewers an adaptation of legendary playwright Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the New Riga Theatre, directed by Inese Mičule with Elita Kļaviņa in the role of Blanche, Iveta Pole as Stella and Andris Keišs as Stanley.

Blanche DuBois believes in love and yearns for it. She has lost everything and seeks sanctuary at her sister’s. There, Blanche ends up in a complex relationship triangle with her sister and her brother-in-law. The lives of all three are caught up in a tragic whirlpool, acerbically interwoven with a stubborn battle with real life, escape into a world of illusions and the desire to preserve one’s ideals.

“TÊTE-À-TÊTE” is one of the means how the Boris and Inara Teterev Foundation nurtures the development and accessibility of culture and art in Latvia. The Teterev Foundation sets world-class benchmarks for this programme commensurate with those of contemporary art, and therefore before the play, we heared a discussion not so much about a single play as about the processes of theatre globally and their connection with Latvia.

Programme guests: theatre scholars Līga Ulberte and Ieva Struka.