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Performance - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Sunday, Apr 28, 2019 at 2:00pm

Venice Theatre
140 West Tampa Avenue
Venice, FL 34285

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a Southern family in crisis. Its patriarch, a hot-tempered wealthy plantation owner, faces impending death as his adult children squabble in desperate attempts to secure the family inheritance. Throughout the course of the play, it becomes clear that the family has long constructed a web of deceit for itself. As director Ron Ziegler puts it, "Everyone is lying to themselves."

Those characters will be familiar to seasoned theatre goers as well as classic film buffs who know the 1958 movie starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.

Venice Theatre Executive Director Murray Chase plays the role of Big Daddy for a second time in his career. "This time I am closer to the appropriate age and stage in life," he says. A native of Mississippi and a Tennessee Williams scholar, Chase brings much experience and knowledge to the role. Playing his troubled son Brick is Patrick Tancey. Brick's wife who describes herself as feeling, "as taut and insecure as a cat on a hot tin roof" is played by Amanda Heisey. In addition to the three leading actors, the cast also features Mary Kurtz (Big Mamma) as the gentle, truth-fearing matriarch, Shawn Genther (Gooper) as the scheming elder son, Stacy Gilson (Mae) as his competitive wife, and Jack O’Keefe (Doctor Baugh) and Dan Cole (Reverend Tooker) as the family doctor and minister who allow themselves to participate in the lies festering in the household.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof boasts a rich history in American drama with many stage and film versions over the years. Stars have included Kathleen Turner, Ashley Judd, Debbie Allen, Ned Beatty, James Earl Jones and Phyylicia Rahad to name a few.

Tockets: $25 Adults | $17 College | $15 Child

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