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The State College Community Theatre presents
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams
Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:00PM

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center
146 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801


The Pollitt family plantation household is celebrating Big Daddy’s sixty-fifth birthday. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: Big Daddy’s illness of the last five years; the greed of inheritance; the sins of the past; and the desperate, clawing hopes for the future. The Pollitt family fights tooth and nail as the truth (that Big Daddy is dying) makes the rounds. Big Daddy’s daughter-in-laws, Maggie and Mae, fuel the catfight. His eldest son and corporate attorney, Gooper, is wed to the fallen, yet fertile, socialite, Mae. The family golden, baby boy, Brick, is wed to his college sweetheart, Margaret. Maggie “the cat” fights against Gooper and Mae’s wiles as she tempts her husband into returning to their marriage bed. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant. But, she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that is costing her her marriage and has turned Brick to the bottle and onto the sofa. Maggie may only win this fierce family battle by successfully ensnaring Brick. As we watch the truth and judgments play out, Tennessee Williams’ best play at its most basic, confronts the issue that runs through all great drama: the conflict between truth and illusion. Set on a rich Mississippi plantation, Williams’ shows the conflict from many angles. He states, “I’m trying to catch the true quality of experience in a group of people, that cloudy, flickering, evanescent—fiercely charged!—interplay of live human beings in the thundercloud of a common crisis.” The play is “a snare for the truth of human experience.”