Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – by Tennessee Williams – Auditions

Bay Area Stage announces
AUDITIONS for CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
by Tennessee Williams

January 12, 13, 14 at 7 PM.

No Appointments. Arrive at 7 PM.
Cold read from script.

No AEA.

Callbacks are on January 16 at 7 PM –

Nine (9) performances: 3/20/2020 – 4/5/2020.

Rehearsals begin January 20 at 7 PM and are Monday through Thursday from 7 PM to 10 PM.

WHERE:
Bay Area Stage Theatre
515 Broadway St., Vallejo, California 94590
(707) 649-1053
www.bayareastage.org

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams’s more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the Mississippi of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy plantation tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat”, Brick’s wife. The play brilliantly illustrates the extent to which humans twist, shape, destroy, or downright ignore truth to comply with socio-cultural demands and expectations.

Character Breakdown:

Margaret – The play’s cat. Maggie’s loneliness and Brick’s refusal to make her his desire, has made her hard, nervous, and bitchy. The woman constantly posing in the mirror, Maggie holds the audiences transfixed. The exhilaration of the play lies in the force of the audience’s identification with its gorgeous heroine, a woman desperate in her sense of loneliness, who is made all the more beautiful in her envy, longing, and dispossession.

Brick – The favorite son and mourned lover. Brick embodies an almost archetypal masculinity. At the same time, the Brick before us is also an obviously broken man because of his repressed homosexual desire for his dead friend Skipper.

Big Daddy – Brick’s father. Affectionately dubbed by Maggie as an old-fashioned “Mississippi redneck,” Daddy is a large, brash, and vulgar plantation millionaire who believes he has returned from the grave. Though his coming death has been quickly repressed, in some sense Daddy has confronted its possibility. In returning from “death’s country,” Daddy would force his son to face his own desire.

Big Mama – Brick’s mother. Fat, breathless, sincere, earnest, crude, and bedecked in flashy gems, Mama is a woman embarrassingly dedicated to a man who despises her and in feeble denial of her husband’s disgust. She considers Brick her “only son.”

Mae – A mean, agitated “monster of fertility” who schemes with her husband Gooper to secure Big Daddy’s estate. Mae appears primarily responsible for the burlesques of familial love and devotion that she and the children stage before the grandparents.

Gooper – A successful corporate lawyer. Gooper is Daddy’s eldest and least favored son. He deeply resents his parents’ love for Brick, viciously relishes in Daddy’s illness, and rather ruthlessly plots to secure control of the estate.

Reverend Tooker – A tactless, opportunistic, and hypocritical guest at Big Daddy’s birthday party. As Williams indicates, his role is to embody the lie of conventional morality. Note especially in Act III his off-hand anecdote about the colors of his cheap chasuble fading into each other.

Doctor Baugh – The sober Baugh is Daddy’s physician. He delivers Daddy’s diagnosis to Big Mama and leaves her with a prescription of morphine.

The Children – Mae and Gooper’s children. They appear here as grotesque, demonic “no- necked monsters” who intermittently interrupt the action on-stage. Under Mae’s direction, they offer up a burlesque image of familial love and devotion. Need Three (3) Boys or Girls between 8 and 12 years

HISTORY:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features motifs such as social mores, greed, superficiality, mendacity, decay, sexual desire, repression and death. Dialogue throughout is often rendered phonetically to represent accents of the Southern United States. The original production starred Barbara Bel Geddes, Burl Ives and Ben Gazzara. The play was adapted as a motion picture of the same name in 1958, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman as Maggie and Brick, with Burl Ives and Madeleine Sherwood recreating their stage roles. Williams made substantial excisions and alterations to the play for a revival in 1974. This has been the version used for most subsequent revivals, which have been numerous.

Bay Area Stage is an award-winning, federally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theatre. Text me: (707) 561-1960 for more information if needed.


Date/Time

Date(s) - Mon, Jan 13, 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location

Bay Area Stage Theatre
515 Broadway St, Vallejo

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