from CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL | Provincetown Town Hall | September 2022
Big Daddy Pollitt is dying of cancer, but he won’t admit it. His wife, Big Mama, won’t admit that Big Daddy never loved her. That sonofabitchofaGooper and His Wife Mae won’t admit that everybody hates them. And no one will admit that Brick — beloved youngest son, closeted alcoholic, and ex-football hero — is an actual brick. Only Brick’s wife, Maggie the Cat, seems to understand the reality of their situation.
They’ve all gathered to celebrate Big Daddy’s last birthday and stake their claim to the family plantation. Who will inherit the Richest Land on This Side of the Valley Nile? Will the truth come out? And how many kids do Mae and Gooper have anyway? When Big Daddy and Brick disappear, it’s up to Maggie and Big Mama to pick up the pieces and make sense of the madness.
Deconstructing the little-known first draft of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, BRICK? is an absurdist game of make-believe turned heart-aching family tragedy, and a startling look at the skeletons we keep in the closet.