TITLE: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
AUTHOR: Tennessee Williams
DIRECTOR: Sharyn Case
RUN: April 4 – May 2, 2020, Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Mon. Feb. 10 & Tues. Feb. 11, 2020
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date: Wed. Feb. 12, 2020
Time: 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: Saturday, Feb. 15, Noon – 3pm, 2020
Regular Rehearsals: Starting Feb. 17, 2020, Mon. – Thurs., 7pm – 10pm; Saturdays 10am – 1pm, and select Sundays, 5pm – 8pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. Sides from the script will be provided at auditions for cold readings.
The classic story of a large Southern family facing a crisis. Big Daddy has been diagnosed with Cancer, although his wife, Big Mama, in denial, has chosen to believe he is cancer free. It is his birthday and the family has gathered to “celebrate.” Brick and Maggie, Big Daddy’s son and daughter-in-law, are deeply estranged and Maggie is frustrated because she has no child to inherit when Big Daddy dies. The rest of the family, Gooper and Mae and their 3 children, are grasping and greedy, trying their best to ingratiate themselves with Big Daddy before it is too late.
In spite of all the tension, there is love between these family members, particularly on the part of Big Mama. She has been married to Big Daddy for 45 years and cares deeply for him and he, in his grudging way, cares about her.
This is the classic story of a family divided and tense, with as many motives and undercurrents as there are characters.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
MARGARET (Maggie the Cat) (F, 26 – 37) Pretty, sexy, anxious, sometimes desperate. In love with her husband, but frustrated by him and his family. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
BRICK (M, 34-39) Distant, sometimes cold, indifferent to Maggie and self-medicating with alcohol, Brick is full of guilt over Skipper, a late close friend with whom he was in love. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
MAE (SISTER WOMAN) (F, 38-42) Effusive, grasping and greedy, cruel and taunting toward Maggie; gushing and condescending. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
GOOPER (BROTHER MAN) (M, 40-45) Fawning, greedy, overly anxious to please; a little dim. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
BIG MAMA (F, 60ish) Breathless, but tense, talks too much, laughs at herself even though it hurts her. She is a big woman but not necessarily fat. She has opinions, but wants to believe the best. Booming laugh, big personality. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
BIG DADDY, (M, 60-70) Tall, imposing, true patriarch of the family. Commanding presence, sometimes cruel (particularly to Big Mama), realistic and demanding. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
REVEREND TOOKER (M, 40ish) Obsequious, grasping, always looking to better his Church and seeking donations; can be vivacious and animated. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
DOCTOR BAUGH (pronounced Baw) (M, 40+) Honest, earnest, realistic but compassionate. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
SOOKEY (F, 30+, African Ameriacn) The family’s maid. Self-assured and competent. (Deep Southern dialect required.)
MAE & GOOPER’S CHILDREN (3), (2 Girls, 8-12, 1 Boy, 8-12) Loud, undisciplined, “kids”. (Deep Southern dialect required.)