Camden Civic Theatre invites people to linger in the heat of summer with its production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Opening weekend at the Camden Opera House will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, and the run continues the following weekend, Oct. 1 and 2. Curtain opens at 7:30 p.m.; there is no matinee for this show.

New Camden Civic Theatre director Mim Bird from Waldoboro and a local cast have spent the summer breathing life into Williams’ familiar characters.

“I hope you will suspend your expectations and forget for a time what you think you know about these people,” Bird said. “Let us tell you an old story in a new way.”

Blanche Dubois (Kate Fletcher) arrives on a streetcar at the home of sister Stella (Marie Merrifield) and her husband Stanley Kowalski (Jim Lattin). Blanche finds conditions less than favorable and is more than shocked at Stella’s choice of lifestyle and husband. Included in the Kowalski’s circle of friends are upstairs neighbors Steve and Eunice (Corey Honkonen and Tabitha Ordway); and Mitch (Brad Fillion).

Blanche is fleeing the family home with more baggage than her suitcase, while Stella is hiding secrets of her own. A new romance with Mitch, who is a little more refined than the other poker players at the table, gives Blanche hope for her future. A frustrated Stanley digs deeper for the truth as Stella attempts to keep the lid on the simmering household. The building tension finally erupts in an act of violence that shatters Blanche’s world and leaves the others forever altered. Supporting cast includes Ellen Clausen, Devin Fletcher, Randall Merrifield and Scott Anthony Smith.

Tickets for this show may be purchased at the door the night of the performance; by calling 800-595-4849; or at camdencivictheatre.com. Tickets are: $16 for orchestra seats and $12 for seasts in the wings or balcony. There is a $2 discount for student and senior citizens.

This classic drama contains strong language, sexuality and violence. It is not recommended for young people.