Welcome to the first installment of the 2015 Quick Fact blog series! These posts are meant to give you a bite-size overview of performances you’ll find at the Festival this season. Each post in the series includes who, what, when, where, and why. We will also throw in some photos and videos to sweeten the deal.


Scottish Ballet presents A Streetcar Named Desire, a retelling of the famous play by Tennessee Williams.

“Scottish Ballet’s A Streetcar Named Desire could serve as a template for how to tell a story through dance . . . Everything you could want of Tennessee Williams . . .” — London Evening Standard

Streetcar Compressed 2


Scottish Ballet is Scotland’s National Dance Company with a strong focus on classical ballet technique. The company tours all over the world presenting new versions of classic pieces, seminal modern works from both 20th century and living choreographers, and new commissions. This will be Scottish Ballet’s second appearance at Spoleto Festival USA following their American debut in 1986.


Friday, May 22 at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 23 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 23 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 24 at 3:00pm


Streetcar Compressed


College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George Street


Love the play and/or the movie? See the story told in a compelling, wordless way. New to ballet but know the story? This production is a wonderful introduction to the power of movement and dance.

Scottish Ballet, director Nancy Meckler and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa give the classic A Streetcar Named Desire new life in a piece The Sunday Times calls “persuasive, exhilarating, moving and ingenious.” You won’t be able to look away as this quintessential southern story is retold through dance instead of spoken words, with a sultry score by Peter Salem conjuring the steamy sounds of New Orleans jazz.

Itching for a behind the scenes look at A Streetcar Named Desire? Scottish Ballet livestreamed their rehearsal on Friday, March 6—take a look!

Also, read our Twitter conversation with Principal dancer Eve Mutso, who performs the role of Blanche Dubois:


Tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire and all other Festival performances are available online at spoletousa.org and over the phone at (843) 579-3100.