Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Note: This article has been revised. The orginal article mistakenly identified the estranged married couple as Maggie and Buck instead of Maggie and Brick.
Set in the Mississippi Delta, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is a story about greed, passion and an old man named Big Daddy. New Stage Theatre takes on Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play in October as this season's American Classic production.
The last time New Stage performed a piece by Williams was its 1992 production of "Glass Menagerie." Artistic Director Francine Reynolds says it is time for Williams to make a grand comeback. "He is a Mississippi great and a wonderful playwright. 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' is such a masterpiece of his."
Born in 1911 in Columbus, Miss., Williams wrote numerous short stories and prize-winning plays, including "A Streetcar Named Desire," his first Pulitzer Prize winner;"The Night of the Iguana," winner of the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award; and the Tony Award-winning "The Rose Tattoo."
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" explores the relationship between an estranged married couple, Maggie and Brick, and the relationship among family members vying for their share of Big Daddy's fortune. Big Daddy's illness creates a feeding frenzy in the family over his fortune. Maggie "The Cat" fights for the love of her husband, an alcoholic haunted by his high school friend's death. Like sharks to bait, family members feed on the couple's vulnerability. Death, jealousy and money catalyze the circumstances that expose each character's true nature in this thrilling drama.
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" is at New Stage Theatre Oct. 27 through Nov. 8; Wednesday through Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22; $18 for seniors and students.
The members of the estranged married couple are named Maggie and Brick, not Maggie and Buck.