A Streetcar Named Desire is a play written by American playwright Tennessee Williams. It tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a Southern woman in her thirties who leaves her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi after her family’s plantation, Belle Reve, is lost to creditors, and she is subsequently forced to take time off from her job as an English teacher. With very little money and nowhere else to go Blanche travels to New Orleans and moves into a small, shabby apartment in the French Quarter of the city with her married younger sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley.
The play was written sometime between 1946–47 and first performed, to critical acclaim, on Broadway on the December 3, 1947. Jessica Tandy and Marlon Brando, both relatively unknown actors at that time, were cast as Blanche and Stanley and Kim Hunter as Stella. The play has also been adapted many times, including into a critically acclaimed 1951 film with Marlon Brando and Kim Hunter reprising their roles as Stanley and Stella and with Vivien Leigh playing the part of Blanche.
To this day, A Streetcar Named Desire is still considered to be one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century.