Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will perform “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” select days from April 8 to 18 at 726 E. Third Ave.. After Brick Pollitt (Steven Reece) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Cassandra Small), visit his family's Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy.

The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will perform “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams at 7:30 p.m. April 8-10, 15-17 and 2 p.m. April 11 and 18 at 726 E. Third Ave.

Set in 1955, Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama examines the web of deceit that threatens to tear apart a rich, dysfunctional Southern family. Over the course of one sultry Mississippi night, accusations of greed, homophobia, dishonesty and sexual desire are revealed.

The story follows two brothers, Brick and Gooper Pollitt, and their wives as they return to the opulent, Southern plantation home of their father, Big Daddy, to celebrate his 65th birthday. Big Daddy’s been told his recent health scare was unfounded, making it seem as if there is much to celebrate. However, there is deceit and greed that surrounds the seemingly good news, leading to accusations and devastating consequences.

Amid these confrontations, Brick’s wife, Maggie, desperately tries to overcome a tainted past and dire loneliness to win back her husband after an ill-advised intimate encounter with his best friend, whose recent death has sent Brick into a deep drunken spiral over his own guilt.

Big Daddy’s oldest son Gooper and his wife Mae know that Big Daddy is, in fact, dying and try to get him to agree to a will in their favor. Meanwhile, Maggie desperately hopes to conceive a child with Brick to ensure their continued favored position in the Pollitt family.

Tennessee Williams’ literary masterpiece explores family relationships against the backdrop of social mores, greed, sexual desire, repression and death. The scorching summer heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. While Brick and Maggie dance around the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage, the future of the entire Pollitt family is at stake. Which version of the truth is real, and which will win out?

The Little Theatre’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is directed by Jim O’Connell. This show contains adult themes.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors and $10 for students. Buy tickets online at nsbplayers.org or call (386) 423-1246. Tickets may also be purchased in person from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays at the box office and two hours prior to every performance.

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