Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Pulitzer Prize Winner


February 6 - March 3, 2019

When I write I don’t aim to shock people, and I’m surprised when I do. But I don’t think that anything that occurs in life should be omitted from art, though the artist should present it in a fashion that is artistic and not ugly. I set out to tell the truth. And sometimes the truth is shocking.
— Tennessee Williams | Playwright


The centerpiece of The Stage’s “Explosively Charged” Season 36 is the revered American Classic by one of the country’s most celebrated playwrights, Tennessee Williams.  ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is a fiery collision of generations, mendacity, sexuality, and the ties that bind. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes us on a steamy jaunt -- filled with rich southern humor -- through bourbon-soaked lies on a search for the truth.

Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece sizzles in this hot tale of the ties that bind. On a steamy night on the Mississippi Delta the Pollitt Plantation swarms with angst as the family gathers to celebrate the 65th birthday of their hot-tempered patriarch, Big Daddy.  The heat begins to rise as the Southern family is thrust into crisis when Big Daddy announces he must choose one of his sons to inherit his estate.  As Brick, his favorite favorite son, and his wife Maggie struggle to guard their demons the rest of the family claws at any opportunity to topple their dynasty.  With the future of the family in peril-- accusations swirl, ulterior motives are exposed and mendacity reigns.