Theatre Arts

Puget Sound Production photos: Kurt Walls. For production detail, double click on image.

What's Happening . . .


By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jess K Smith, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts


Performance Dates and Times

Friday, Feb. 27, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 28, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Friday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, written by Tennessee Williams, is an iconic American play that follows Blanche DuBois as she attempts to find hope for stability and a refuge from her haunting past in her reunion with sister, Stella. However, Stella’s new life with husband Stanley in their modest home situated in the French Quarter of New Orleans unsettles Blanche, unearths her troubled past, introduces new but fleeting love with a man named Mitch, and eventually leads to a traumatizing confrontation with Stanley.

The production features a live jazz combo, an intimate set (Kurt Walls), expressive lighting (Patty Mathieu), and vibrant costumes (Mishka Navarre). Collectively the production elements aim to evoke the heat, color, and texture of New Orleans in the 1940s while also transporting the audience into the mind and imagination of Blanche DuBois as she fights for magic over realism.

Please note that this play contains both domestic and sexual violence.

Questions? See Upcoming Productions for more information.

Contact Professor Jess K Smith ( or X2437)


Theatre Exhibit Poster

Theatre Arts at Puget Sound, the new exhibit in Collins Memorial Library, runs through May 15. On display are examples of works that take place on the stage and behind the scenes, including playbills, posters, set models, production notebooks, costume renderings, and other theater ephemera.

A reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the library. A special presentation by the theatre arts faculty is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., in the library’s reading room on the main floor.

What Do We Do . . .

Theatre Arts offers courses and creative activities in which students learn to make, understand, and evaluate theatrical events. In doing so, students acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to become collaborative, informed, imaginative, and engaged theatre makers, who – as artists, scholars, and citizens – will pursue paths after graduation in professional theatre, education, business, and other fields of endeavor.

The department annually offers scholarships for incoming and ongoing students: deadline, February 15. For information, click on "Scholarships" in the sidebar or contact the office administrator at 253.879.3330.

All students are welcome to audition for and participate in Theatre Arts productions.