Opening May 22nd, 2015
Tennessee Williams' Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Confusion, betrayal, dishonesty, love, desire, trust – Tennessee Williams covers a lot of ground in his Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece. In Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, a southern family comes together to celebrate the birthday of the family patriarch, affectionately known to them as Big Daddy. But Big Daddy (played by Tracy Trimm, from Greenfield) is dying from cancer, a fact that his own doctors have concealed from him and his wife, Big Mama (Ashfield resident Jane Barish). Now his two sons and their wives are engaged in an intensive struggle to secure their part of his estate, mercilessly reminding each other of past mistakes, egregious errors in judgement, inflexible attitudes, well-known “secrets,” even child rearing abilities; they are unrelenting in their willingness to start a confrontation.
Brick (Tom Dahl) is the former football hero now alcohol abusing favorite son, whose beautiful, devoted, and headstrong wife Maggie (Myka Plunkett) tries to patch up their troubled marriage to improve their position in Big Daddy’s eyes. Brick’s brother Gooper (Reynolds Whalen) and his fiercely protective wife Mae (Jen Campbell) have seemingly done everything right, but perceive correctly that they are about to get the short end of the inheritance stick. What began as a family birthday celebration becomes a perfect storm of troublesome disclosures, heartbreaking secrets and ultimately, unspoken love.
This production, Ashfield Community Theater’s 19th season, also features Allen Gabriel, Sue Davis, Merle O’Neil, and David Knowles. Toby Bercovici directs.
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof opens on the Ashfield Town Hall Stage on Friday, May 22nd with additional performances on May 23rd, 29th and 30th. All shows are at 7:30 pm. There is one matinee performance at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 24th.
This production is supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission through Local Cultural Council grants.
For more than eighteen years the Ashfield Community Theater has produced high quality plays performed by regional actors and enjoyed by thousands of audience members from all over southern New England.