“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” part of the National Theatre Live series, will be screened in the Taylor Little Theatre on Nov. 11 at 12:55 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $12 for students/youths and free for MU students with ID.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” written by Tennessee Williams, debuted in 1955 in New York City.
The play tells the story of a Southern family in crisis, focusing on a man named Brick and his wife, Margaret (referred to as Maggie or Maggie the Cat) over the course of one evening at the family estate in Mississippi.
Brick and Margaret have gathered with Brick’s family to celebrate the birthday of the patriarch, Big Daddy Pollitt, and his return from the hospital.
However, only Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama, do not know that he is actually dying from cancer, as the rest of the family members have lied to them in order to save them pain during the celebration.
Another piece of the family drama is that beautiful and determined Margaret, who escaped childhood poverty in order to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family, is unhappy and unfulfilled in her marriage.
Brick, an alcoholic and aging football hero, infuriates Margaret by ignoring his brother Gooper’s attempts to gain control of the family fortune; Margaret wants to inherit Big Daddy’s estate following his death.
Margaret is also jealous of Brick’s close relationship with his professional football buddy, Skipper, which Margaret believes is romantic.
These secrets and sexual tensions threaten to destroy Brick and Margaret’s marriage.
As the Pollitts layer lie upon lie, they must navigate the truth in order to hold the family together.