By Andrew Gans
09 Jul 2009
|Photo by David Fairchild Studios|
Directed by Brady Schwind, the production will play the L.A. venue through July 26.
The cast features Kathleen Early as Maggie "the Cat," Aaron Blake as Brick Pollitt and Michael Prohaska as Big Daddy Pollitt with Nadya Starr (Big Mama), Mark A. Cross (Gooper), Jennifer L. Davis (Mae), Beverly Oliver (Sookey), E Fé (Lacey), Gordon Wells (Reverend Tooker), Chris O'Connor (Dr. Baugh), Hannah Kreiswirth (Dixie) and Abigail Kinnahan (u/s Maggie/Mae).
Cat, according to press notes, "tells the drama of seething passions that beset a wealthy Southern family whose lives are stripped of pretense in a shattering moment of revelation."
In a statement director Schwind said, "Tennessee Williams is perhaps the name most singularly associated with great American Theatre. It has been a goal from the very beginning of The Neighborhood Playhouse's formation to someday present one of his works, which are, quite rightfully, carefully guarded by Williams's estate.
The creative team includes Andrew Vonderschmitt (scenic design), Christopher Singleton (lighting design), Nancy Ling (costume design), Holly Baker-Kreiswirth (production manager), Michael Aldapa (hair/wig design) and Michael Juneau (technical direction).
Producers are Suzan Fairchild and Karin L. Frasier.
Performances are held at the historic Neighborhood Church, where the Neighborhood Playhouse is in residence: 415 Paseo Del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Tickets, priced $22-28, are available by calling (800) 595-4849 or by visiting www.neighborhoodplayhouse.net.