Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-Winning Play
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The last date listed for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was Sunday September 21, 2014 / 2:00pm.
Heat, liquor, and deception combine in STAGEStheatre’s summer classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by Tennessee Williams. The Pollitt family gathers on Big Daddy’s birthday after discovering the wealthy patriarch’s health has taken a turn for the worst. As family members vie for Big Daddy’s affections to ensure their financial security, cracks in this desperate display of family devotion quickly surface.
At the heart of the argument is the worthiness of the youngest son Brick and his wife, Maggie. Having recently lost his best friend, Skipper, to suicide after rejecting his romantic advances, Brick is left with an overwhelming guilt. His reactionary and destructive behavior, mixed with Maggie’s desperation for marital intimacy creates a tension that comes scandalously close to utter ruin. Brick’s physical and emotional crutches prevent him from getting close to her, but Maggie’s stubborn devotion refuses to let him go. Sizzling with verbal fireworks, savage humor and sexual friction, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a timeless, indelible portrait of a wealthy Mississippi clan.
“Smoldering with sensuality, audacious characters, and rich in poetic language Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of the enduring classics of twentieth century American drama,” says Joe Parrish, director, “which is really what compelled me to want to bring it to the stage.”
Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist, novelist and poet, Tennessee Williams intended that Cat on a Hot Tin Roof “snare the truth of human experience”. As in his other great dramas, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, Williams explores the conflict between a fading ethos of Southern gentility and a savage modern world in the play.
His elegant style enabled him to tackle America’s sexual taboos and conservative social values with shocking frankness. When the play was first staged in 1955 it became a runaway hit and was made into a major feature movie starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof stars: Lysa Apostle, Mark Bowen, SP Callaway, Bill Carson, Sara LaFramboise, Rose London, and Joe Parrish.