Et Alia Theater

Stella Come Home

Et Alia Theater presents, Directed by sarAika movement collective

A dance-theater performance that translates ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ into movement through the bodies of international women.

Stella Come Home

as immigrant women in New York City

What does this American iconic play

"A Streetcar Named Desire"


the United States

mean to us?


A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a woman who, having lost her home in Belle Reve, comes to New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella and her husband, Stanley. It quickly becomes apparent that Stella’s world is very different from what her sister expected, and Blanche is in constant conflict with Stanley, whom she finds rude, uneducated and disgusting. After a violent episode he has, Blanche urges Stella to leave him, but it is clear that Stella has no intention of doing so and that she will put up with anything he does. In return, Stanley warns Stella against her sister, telling her she is not who she claims to be and that her past is much dirtier than the version she tells people. When Blanche falls in love with Mitch, one of Stanley’s friends, and hopes that he will be the one to marry and save her, Stanley tells Mitch all of Blanche’s secrets. Therefore, Mitch leaves her and she becomes more and more unwanted in Stanley’s household, despite Stella’s efforts to make him go easy on her. He buys her a bus ticket and tells her he wants her gone, after which he abuses her. In the last scene, when Blanche has lost everything, she is taken away by doctors, delusional and consumed.


About the show

Stella, Come Home is a dance-theater piece that translates the iconic American play A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, into movement and dance through the bodies of our company’s international women. We feel urged to explore what it means to perform this pinnacle of white US theater as women immigrants in New York City, one of the most heterogeneous cities in the world. Just as a reality-stricken Blanche longs for a return to her imagined Belle Reve, we are outsiders going through the painful struggle of letting go of our past, while the promised land of NYC forces us to face our truth: culturally diverse women still have to fight to be heard.

photo: Jessica Wall

Why Stanley? He is so brutal!

Why the US? So many struggles as immigrants!

What are Stella’s, Blanche’s,

and your answer?

sarAika committed to maximize Et Alia’s voice/thoughts into movements with their best selves. 

Et Alia's voice Behind scenes

01 Blanche arrives in New Orleans

The feeling of foreignness when you walk into new places/a new country; our arrival to the US; she is a guest in this house, but she also needs to abide by Stanley’s rules.

02 Stanley asks Blanche about the Belle Reves papers

The feeling of being questioned: “but where are you actually from?” “do you have these in your country?” “where did you learn such good English?”; being looked down at, laughed at.

03 The poker is interrupted and Stanley hits Stella

The feeling of “I rule in my own country”; we’re both Blanche and Stella – the push and pull – “I wanna go home”/”I wanna stay”; the hitting – reminder that we are not welcome here; Stella makes her choice at the end – we stay in the US despite it being unwelcoming.

04 Realization of the disconnection

The two sides of us; the one that’s adapting and letting of the past and the one that’s against it – the idea of actors having to sacrifice their origins to sound/look more American to increase their chances at getting cast; “why the US? It sucks”/“why Stanley? He’s so brutal”

05 Stanley outs Blanche about her past

Using our pasts against us, even though we’re trying to adapt; “we can’t hire you because you’re foreign, you have an accent etc.”; constantly bringing up the past as a reminder and as a disadvantage.

06 Blanche and Mitch kiss

he represents hope/all that is good; fantasizing about how this hole can be filled; what if he can save you?; the hope that maybe you can become “more American” and stable?

07&8 Mitch dosen't show up at Blanche's birthday party

The disappointment; American culture NOT showing up for us; the ticket – Blanche doesn’t buy the ticket for herself, he buys it for her – they push us; Stella’s point of view is important in this scene – she is torn – she has this sister that she doesn’t recognize anymore and her toxic love and the baby (a fragile future that can easily break, but it’s impossible to run away from).

09 Mitch rejects her

The one that once represented hope; Blanche discusses legacies and she is shamed; shutting the doors of acceptance and help: “My mother wouldn’t like that."

10 The rape

Taking advantage of our weakness; stripping us of our dignity while we are still trying to hold on to something that isn’t real.

11 Blanche is taken away

Seeing right in front of your eyes that things have changed and that there is no going back.

Photo: Jessica Wall

Commission review by the clients/casts/ crews

I could not have asked for better people to trust with this project. You were so open and willing to hear our suggestions (which is rare - most directors are pretty rigid and don't want to take suggestions from actors) and I felt very taken care of and listened to throughout the process.

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Cast & Crew

  • Presented by Et Alia Theater
  • Directed & Choreographed by SarAika Movement Collective
  • Associate Director: Marina Zurita Produced by Et Alia Theater
  • Performed by Ana Moioli, Giorgia Valenti, Israel Harris, Luísa Galatti, Maria Müller
  • Stage Managed by Zeynep Akça
  • Sound Design by Julio Vaquero Ramos
  • Lighting Design by Jessica Wall
  • Prop & Costume Design by Federica Borlenghi and Valentina Torresi
  • Poster Design by Marieli Pereira
  • Photographer: Ayanna Nathifa
  • Videographer:GabrielaAmerth
  • Press Agents: Gillian Britt and Isabella Gómez Girón
Sara Pizzi


Aika Takeshima


Zeynep Akça

Stage Manager

Marina Zurita

Associate Director

Ana Moioli


Giorgia Valenti


Israel Harris


Luísa Galatti


Maria Müller


Federica Borlenghi

Prop/Costume Designer

Valentina Torresi

Prop/Costume Designer

Julio Vaquero Ramos

Sound Designer

Jessica Wall

Lighting Designer

performance History



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