Performance Photos by Matthew Gattozzi & Bret Brookshire: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams, Austin Shakespeare, Nov. 15 - Dec. 2, 2018
Noted for its Southern sexy verve, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Wiliams has a new staging by Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella. Gwendolyn Kelso returns as “Maggie the Cat,” after wowing audiences as “Blanche” in A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most of popular shows the professional company has ever produced. New to Austin Shakespeare is Zac Thomas as “Brick,” the husband who is succumbing to alcoholism as his wife tries to save him and their marriage. As his dynamic father, “Big Daddy,” Ev Lunning returns to the stage, with a new actor debuting with Austin Shakespeare, Elise Jacobs as “Big Mama.”
“Tennessee Williams is both a poet and a playwright, and in Cat his beautiful potent story unfolds in a Mississippi bedroom,” said Ciccolella. “In one powerful night that is meant to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, truths are revealed that have been masked by each member of the family.”
The cast also includes Austin Shakespeare alumni actors: Robert Deike (Gooper), Corinna Browning (Mae), Patrick Schmidt (Reverend Tooker), Derek Webster (Dr. Braugh).
Scenic design is by Tara Houston; costumes are designed by Benjamin Taylor Ridgway, assisted by Katie Marie Hooper; lighting design is by Patrick W. Anthony; sound design is by William Meadows; and original music by Jeff Britting.
ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents theater of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, staging performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking and eminently accessible -- connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays by Shaw, Schiller, and Stoppard at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participants weekly and the company’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language. In 2018, Austin Shakespeare was honored with a grant from the prestigious Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program
November 16 - December 02, 2018
701 Riverside at South First,
Austin, TX, 78704
Nov. 16 – Dec. 2, 2018, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. (no performance on Thanksgiving)
WHERE: Rollins Theater, Long Center for the Performing Arts
TICKETS: Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Long Center box office.
Two-show subscriptions, including Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink, start at $64 and are available here: https://bit.ly/2x0UIf2
For more information www.AustinShakespeare.org