Cat on a Hot Tin Roof runs through December 8 on the Mainstage.
One of Tennessee Williams' best-known plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is set in the Mississippi Delta plantation home of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton grower. The family has gathered to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday and his recent diagnosis of good health. However, when we discover that Big Daddy's diagnosis is a lie and that he is actually dying of cancer, it is clear that the Pollitt family have other motives for being here.
Williams' narrative focuses on Big Daddy's favorite son, Brick, who is descending into alcoholism following the death of his college friend and his wife Maggie's struggle to make him the man and husband his father expects him to be so that Brick can take over his dying father's plantation. Larger than life, Big Daddy wields power over everyone and yet he is powerless to save his son or to defeat death.
One of the challenges of mounting a production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is that everyone has a familiarity or, at least, a passing knowledge of the play. Everyone thinks that they know the truth about the Brick and Maggie and Big Daddy. Salem State Theatre’s production will look more closely and intimately at the Pollitt family. Like in life, just when you think you know someone, there is always something hidden you may have missed.
November 21-23 and December 5-7 at 7:30 pm. December 8 at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at www.salemstatetickets.com and may also be purchased at the door. Please call: 978.542.6365 for additional information.More Stories
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