Opening July 24, Ruth Stage's revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof continues performances at The Theater at St. Clements. Previews for the production began July 15, which will complete its run August 14.
Set on the Mississippi estate of cotton tycoon Big Daddy Pollit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof explores the difficult relationships between Big Daddy's troubled son Brick, Brick’s outspoken wife Maggie, his ambitious elder son Gooper, and daughter-in-law Mae.
Starring are Sonoya Mizuno (Crazy Rich Asians) as Maggie and Matt de Rogatis (Lone Star) as Brick, joined by Daytime Emmy winner Christian Jules Le Blanc (The Young and the Restless) as Big Daddy, Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden) as Big Mama, Milton Elliott (Biloxi Blues) as Rev. Tooker, Tiffan Borelli (Million Dollar Quartet) as Mae, Carly Gold (The Ferryman) as The No Neck Monsters, and Spencer Scott (The Glass Menagerie) as Gooper. The originally announced cast has all returned for the postponed production.
Jim Kempner (Red) joins the cast as Doc Baugh, with originally announced Austin Pendleton taking on the role beginning July 25.
Joe Rosario (Flowers for Algernon) directs the play, which features scenic design by Matt Imhoff (Disney’s High School Musical), lighting design by Steve Wolf (The Glass Menagerie), and sound design by Ben Levine (All Is Calm). Jesse Meckl serves as stage manager (Wars of the Roses).
"Our goal in presenting Cat On a Hot Tin Roof is to illustrate this authentic American dynasty from a modern perspective, while showing the timelessness of a dysfunctional family,” said Rosario in a statement. “To be the first group to ever perform this show Off- Broadway, in the House that Tennessee Williams built no less, is a special privilege."
This production is the first Off-Broadway staging of the play allowed by Williams' estate. Originally scheduled to play January 14-February 13, it was postponed due to the pandemic. On Broadway, the 1955 Pulitzer-winning drama has been revived five times, most recently starring Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker in 2013. Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman star in the 1958 film adaptation.
For tickets and more information, visit RuthStage.org.