Drawing: Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire

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The 2014 summer production of Tennessee Williams’ 1948 Pulitzer Prize winning drama A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at London’s Young Vic Theatre became the fastest-selling show in the venue’s history with the run extended due to demand.

Gillian Anderson gained critical acclaim for her performance as Blanche DuBois, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress and her second Olivier award nomination. Directed by Benedict Andrews, the production also featured Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. The theatre collaborated for the first time with the National Theatre Live to broadcast the show live to over 1100 venues on 16 September 2014. It will also transfer to St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York next year.

I met Gillian at the Young Vic where she signed a sketch I did of her in the role of Nora from THE DOLL’S HOUSE, which collected her first Olivier nom. I left this sketch of the three  STREETCAR leads at the theatre, hoping they would sign it. Time passed and nothing returned, so I forgot about it. Vanessa signed an individual drawing for me. The dealers harassed Ben and tended to avoid graphing, so I didn’t bother him. Then, last week, this arrived in the mail, signed by Gillian. It’s one of the many surprises of this game. The longest time an item has taken to come back was three years, so don’t give up hope…or change your address.

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