Emily Swallow Will Head Cast of Guthrie Cat On a Hot Tin Roof; Lisa Peterson Directs

News   Emily Swallow Will Head Cast of Guthrie Cat On a Hot Tin Roof; Lisa Peterson Directs Emily Swallow (“Ringer,” “Southland” and “The Good Wife”) will be Maggie the Cat in the Guthrie Theater production of Tennessee Williams' Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, which begins performances Jan. 14, 2012, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Directed by Lisa Peterson, the production will officially open Jan. 20 for a limited engagement through Feb. 26.

The cast will also feature Peter Christian Hansen as Brick, David Anthony Brinkley as Big Daddy, Melissa Hart as Big Mama, Chris Carlson as Gooper and Michelle O’Neill as Mae with H. Adam Harris as Lacey, Stephen D’Ambrose as Rev. Tooker, Fred Wagner (Dr. Baugh), Joetta Wright (Daisy), Reggie Phoenix (Brightie) and Sha Cage (Sookey).

Rounding out the cast are Noah Ross, Ruby Davenport, Jillian Jacobson, Henry McCormick and Sullivan Rice as the Pollit children.

"It's the 65th birthday of wealthy southern patriarch Big Daddy Pollitt, who is unknowingly dying of cancer, and his sons Gooper and Brick have arrived on the scene of the family’s Mississippi plantation in hopes of inching closer to their $10 million inheritance," according to the Guthrie. "Yet as Brick descends into alcoholism following the death of a college friend, his fragile relationship with his wife Maggie continues to crumble, and the lies and illusion become too much for the family to bear."

The artistic team includes Rachel Hauck (set designer), Ilona Somogyi (costume designer), Scott Zielinski (lighting designer), Paul James Prendergast (composer/sound designer), Lucinda Holshue (voice and dialect coach), Carla Steen (dramaturg), Marcela Lorca (movement), Peter Moore (fight director), Susan R. White (stage manager), Justin Hossle (assistant stage manager) and Jennie Ward (assistant director). For ticket information visit www.guthrietheater.org.

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