WHO: The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
WHAT: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams
WHEN: 7:30 PM April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 2:00 PM April 11 and 18, 2021
WHERE: The Little Theatre, 726 E. Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach
TICKETS: $20 adults, $19 seniors, $10 students
BOX OFFICE: Purchase tickets online at www.nsbplayers.org or by phone at 386-423-1246. Tickets may also be purchased in person, Fridays at the box office from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm and two hours prior to every performance.
Set in 1955, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize – winning drama examines the web of deceit that threatens to tear apart a rich, dysfunctional Southern family. Over the course of one sultry Mississippi night, accusations of greed, homophobia, dishonesty and sexual desire are revealed.
The story follows two brothers, Brick and Gooper Pollitt and their wives as they return to the opulent, Southern plantation home of their father, Big Daddy, to celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday. Big Daddy’s been told his recent health scare was unfounded, making it seem as if there is much to celebrate. However, there is deceit and greed that surrounds the seemingly good news, leading to accusations and devastating consequences.
Amidst these confrontations, Brick’s wife, Maggie, desperately tries to overcome a tainted past and dire loneliness to win back her husband after an ill-advised intimate encounter with his best friend, whose recent death has sent Brick into a deep drunken spiral over his own guilt. Big Daddy’s oldest son Gooper and his wife Mae know that Big Daddy is, in fact, dying and try to get him to agree to a will in their favor. Meanwhile, Maggie desperately hopes to conceive a child with Brick to ensure their continued favored position in the Pollitt family.
Tennessee Williams’ literary masterpiece explores family relationships against the backdrop of social mores, greed, sexual desire, repression and death. The scorching summer heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. While Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage, the future of the entire Pollitt family is at stake. Which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
The Little Theatre’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is directed by Jim O’Connell.
NOTE: This show contains adult themes.