Desire_Big Daddy

A Streetcar Named Durang: Two Burlesques and a Western

by Christopher Durang

L'Etage Cabaret
November 9-28, 2014
Directed by Tina Brock
Streetcar Named Durang_2014 - Front
Desire, Desire, Desire
David Stanger
Tina Brock
Young Man
Andrew Carroll
Kristen Norine
Kristen Norine
Big Daddy
Langston Darby
Maggie 2
Kate Graham
Kate Graham
A Stye of the Eye
Andrew Carroll
Susan Giddings
Dr. Martina
Kristen Norine
David Stanger
Kate Graham
Langston Darby
Kristen Norine
For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls
Langston Darby
David Stanger
Kristen Norine


Tina Brock


Erica Hoelscher

Stage Manager/Light and Sound Operator

Mark Williams

Production Manager

Bob Schmidt

Photoshop Magic

Bill Brock


Peggy Woolsey /

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York


The IRC’s 2014 season is made possible in part by generous grants from Wyncote Foundation; The Samuel S. Fels Fund; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency with support also provided by PECO and administered regionally by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance; The Charlotte Cushman Foundation; CHG Charitable Trust and Plannerzone.


Playing time is approximately 80 minutes; there will be no intermission.

This is an audience friendly show, feel free to order beverages during the performance.

Restrooms are located in the lobby.


A Streetcar Named Durang (2014)

"...a whole lot of laughs packed into a rapid-fire 70-minutes of ridiculously amusing entertainment..."

Debra Miller,

"...which is why we’re glad this show by the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, providing delirious send-ups of Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Glass Menagerie” and Shepard’s “A Lie of the Mind,” is out there, doing its wacky thing."
Philadelphia METRO

Director's Notes

November, 2014


2015 marks 9 years for the IRC in Philadelphia!  It seemed fitting to look back to 2006 when this grand experiment began.  And so, the first program letter for our inaugural show at L’Etage.  Still going after all these years.  Thank you for helping us continue doing what we love.


“Idiotic… ridiculousness?”  “Idiopathic radical company?”

“Idio… radicular…huh?”


After trying in vain to locate our artist welcome packet, the woman at the Fringe Festival Artist Check-in table finally surrendered, pleading, “PLEASE JUST SPELL IT FOR ME?!”


Welcome to the first production from The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, or IRC, for ease of communication.


In one of many incarnations over the past 15 years, cobbling together a living in this business, I was employed as a Standardized Patient (remember the Kramer/Seinfeld episode) portraying a sick person for 4th year medical students in testing and teaching environments.  One day a medical student offered “Idiopathic Radiculopathy” as the cause of my malaise: “Which basically means there is no known cause of origin for your problem.”


So many syllables… so little communication.


This seemed a suitable name for a theater company presenting absurdist plays illustrating the many ways language can be a vehicle for stereotyped, meaningless exchanges -- how insufficient it can be at expressing the essence of the human experience.


I imagine how exciting it might have been like to live in Paris in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s, when the absurdist plays of Eugène Ionesco and Samuel Beckett were introduced.  L’Étage Cabaret seemed an ideal setting for a celebration of their work.


Thank you for spending your evening with us.  We hope to see you as we explore “The Theatre of the Absurd” in the months and years to come.


Tina Brock
Producing Artistic Director