Middlebury Actors’ Workshop: ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’
The Paramount Theatre will present the Middlebury Actor’s Workshop production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning classic drama, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ on Thursday, October 24 at 7:30. ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is Williams’ most produced work, having enjoyed four major Broadway revivals, countless regional productions and the Academy Award-winning film with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.
Brick and Maggie, battling a troubled marriage, are at the center of a family struggling to come to grips with their secrets, desires and lies, as they gather to celebrate Brick’s father’s 65th Birthday. When it is revealed that Big Daddy is dying of cancer, the sins of the past and desperate hopes for future control of his vast fortune turn family members against one another.
Local actor, director, and educator Steve Small stars as the ailing patriarch, Big Daddy. Small, director of the ART high school theater training program at the Hannaford Career Center, and a founding member of MAW, was last seen as Lennie in the company’s 2011 production of ‘Of Mice And Men’. Big Daddy’s favorite son Brick and his wife Maggie are played by New York-based actors Charlie Murphy and Katie Hartke. Hartke met MAW Artistic Director Melissa Lourie, when the two worked together at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
“Working on a play of this caliber, with such an incredibly talented cast is a thrill,” says Lourie. “I feel so lucky to have gotten Katie and Charlie up to Middlebury and to Rutland, and to introduce them to our communities.” Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director, commented, “It is a distinct pleasure to welcome talented director, Mellissa Lourie and her stellar cast of ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ back to The Paramount for our fourth venture together. This enterprising company is doing finely articulated work. Steve Small was a powerful and deeply-felt Lennie in ‘Of Mice And Men’ and his performance as Big Daddy is not to be missed. We sincerely hope the greater Rutland community will take advantage of this “one performance only” opportunity – a rarified one to be sure.”
Tickets ($20.00) are available and on sale at The Paramount Center Box Office at 802-775-0903 and online at ParamountLive.org.