A Streetcar Named Desire

Blanche DuBois' closing sentence, "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers" is probably the most famous quote from Tennessee Williams' renowned play. In my book's redesign, I decided that the reader himself/herself is the stranger, and therefore the one to decide whether to be kind to Blanche's character. Every time Blanche is mistreated in the book, the lines can be ripped out and thus "cancelled" in the plot, while nicer, more sensitive phrases are revealed on the red layer underneath. All of the book's pages have two layers: the exterior, White Layer- clean, proper and representing "reality"; and underneath it the Red Layer- passionate, psychotic and representing the inside of Blanche's head and her imagination. As the plot develops and Blanche's insanity unravels, the red layer is gradually revealed more and more from under the surface (the more she is mistreated and more lines are ripped out), until the two layers completely switch at the rape scene after which Blanche looses all her remaining mental stability. Project made at Shenkar College of Engineering & Design under the guidance of Noa Schwartz.

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