By Tennessee Williams
Directed by L. Peter Callender
January 26 - February 17, 2013
A scintillating new interpretation of Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, which investigates the lengths people will go to protect themselves and their loved ones. Maggie Pollitt is a young Southern wife doing everything she can to save her marriage to Brick, a one-time football star who continues to live, miserably, off his former glory. A series of explosive secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as Maggie and Brick join the rest of the Pollitts to celebrate family patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday.
One of Williams’s best-known works, and one of his favorite plays, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF originally opened on Broadway in 1955 under the direction of Elia Kazan; the play was made into a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, and was recently revived on Broadway featuring an all-black cast.
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African-American Shakespeare Company is funded in part by the Fleishhacker Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Zellerbach Family Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Grants for the Arts/SF Hotel Tax Fund, San Francisco Foundation, the California Arts Council, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and special school matinee performance sponsored by Macy’s.