Winter Storm Stella. That’s what the latest bizarre twist of environmental fate was elegantly named the other day when the nor’easter was hyped up in its announcement to NYC denizens. Usually, names for these types of things aren’t half as sophisticated (Juno just sounds so much more hardcore and masculine–Diablo Cody movie or not), but one weatherman, obsessed with Marlon Brando’s performance in A Streetcar Named Desire, simply couldn’t help himself in lending the moniker to the storm.
In the aftermath, Bushwick Starr, a venue responsible for garnering a Tony for the avant-garde performance of a musical detailing the life and times of Maria Hernandez, has decided to put on a last-minute rendition of the classic Tennessee Williams play–with all trans actors, of course.
The current director of programming at Bushwick Starr, Lester Patata, a 43-year-old who formerly ran a community theater space in Philadelphia, told The Burning Bush, “Even though this is a last-minute staging, it isn’t going to detract from our usual quality. We’ve been rehearsing ever since the snow first started falling, and yeah, all the whiskey kind of prevented us from memorizing our lines ‘verbatim,’ but I think this is going to be one of the most special performances yet.” Get in line by 6 p.m. for a complimentary flier of Marlon Brando screaming “Stella!” to put on the wall of your hovel.
By Genna Rivieccio