Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents the Southern Gothic masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Kat Walsh, March 14-17, 2013 at the University of Michigan’s Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave, 48109. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors, $17 for tickets on Thursday, with students tickets just $11 for any performance. Tickets are available online at www.a2ct.org, by calling the office at 734-971-2228, at the A2CT office at 322 W. Ann St, or at the door. Additional information is available by visiting www.a2ct.org.
"Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" – Dylan Thomas
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, by iconic playwright Tennessee Williams, is the story of a Southern family in crisis. The Pollit family throws a party to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Big Daddy, "the Delta's biggest cotton-planter." All family members (except Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama) are aware that Big Daddy is dying of cancer; they have lied to Big Daddy and Big Mama to spare them pain on his birthday. Maggie, witty and beautiful, has escaped a childhood of poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family, but finds herself unfilled. The family is aware that favorite son Brick has not slept with Maggie for a long time, which has strained their marriage. Brick, an aging football hero, infuriates her by ignoring his brother Gooper's attempts to gain control of the family fortune. Brick's indifference and his near-continuous drinking relate to the recent suicide of his friend Skipper. Maggie fears that Brick's malaise will ensure that Gooper and his wife Mae end up with Big Daddy's inheritance. Over the course of one evening, the party devolves into a miasma of greed and mendacity that threatens to tear the family apart.
“At 14, I became enraptured with the world and characters Tennessee Williams created,” says director Kat Walsh. “I quickly picked up every play I could find by Williams and found beautiful, complex, and flawed characters immortalized through his poetic language. As a southerner and theatre director, it is an honor to work on Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and explore the complex dynamics of a family in crisis.”
The talented cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features Anna Heinl as Maggie, Chris Manna as Brick, Charles Sutherland as Big Daddy, Susie Berneis as Big Momma, Glenn Bugala as Gooper, and Alix Berneis as Mae. The cast also includes Steven White, Michael Joseph, Heather Liebal, Wendy Ascione-Juska, and Mary Kowalski.