Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The definitive text of this American classic—reissued with an introduction by Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance) and Williams' essay "Person-to-Person."Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for... show more
The definitive text of this American classic—reissued with an introduction by Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance) and Williams' essay "Person-to-Person."Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years—the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive, and was most recently produced on Broadway in the 2003-04 season. This definitive edition also includes Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes on the various endings, and a short chronology of the author's life. One of America's greatest living playwrights, as well as a friend and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise introduction to the play from a playwright's perspective, examining the candor, sensuality, power, and impact of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof then and now.
Publish date: September 17th 2004
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
A Mississippi plantation on a sultry evening and a dysfunctional family with all its secrets and untold truths. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of these plays that I would much rather have watched on the stage than have read it, because I imagine it must be even more powerful while being performed on a...
Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?...Something's left out of this story. What did you leave out?This was probably the first book on my to-read list I have added. It is enormously good, and then suddenly stops being that enormously good-I've read the three endings, and have issues with each. ...
On a sultry summer evening family meets and secrets are revealed...so far, so a zillion other plays. Here, it's not really what the secrets are that's interesting, it's who the characters are and where the author's sympathies lie. The first act slowly winds up to a very dramatic finish and tension...
"Living with someone you love can be lonelier - than living entirely alone!- Margaret, Act 1"Life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is - all - over..."- Margaret, Act ISo here is Tennessee Williams coming out, with his customary rage and insight. And darkness.Once again,...
This was my first exposure to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - I had heard of it, but never seen or read the play until now. I was impressed with Williams' ability to hit on such serious topics without the overall work seeming preachy and over-serious. Unlike most plays I've read, the cast list did not inclu...