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Photo Flash: First Look at Chautauqua Theater's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch Artistic Director and Sarah Clare Corporandy Managing Director, presents Tennessee Williams' award-winning classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, now through July 7, to kick off its 30th Anniversary season on the Bratton Theater Mainstage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

Tennessee Williams' favorite among his own plays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is directed by Lisa Rothe (CTC's Ah! Wilderness; Off-Broadway Hold These Truths).

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features Broadway's Harris Yulin (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Price, Hedda Gabler) as Big Daddy and Candy Buckley (Scandalous; After the Fall, Ring Round the Moon) as Big Momma in their CTC debuts.

Conservatory actors Carly Zien (Yale School of Drama, Playwrights Horizons, TheatreWorks USA) and Peter Mark Kendall (Trinity Rep/Brown MFA program, CENTERSTAGE) are featured as Maggie and Brick, along with Matt Raich (Yale School of Drama) as Gooper, Mallory Portnoy (Juilliard) as Mae, Anthony Goes (CT Rep) as Dr. Baugh, and David Vegh (CTC's Night of the Iguana, The Show Off, Blue Window) as Rev. Tooker.

Making their CTC debuts are three local children in the cast for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Emma Dow, Jackson Stellhorn and Emma Jane Stephen.

The raw emotions and crackling dialogue of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof rumble like a thunderstorm in this masterwork of family guilt, frustration and greed. A powerful Southern family gathers at a birthday celebration for patriarch Big Daddy who is unaware he is dying. In a scramble to secure their part of his estate, family members hide the truth about his diagnosis from him and Big Mama. Tensions mount between the alcoholic former football hero Brick and his beautiful sexually frustrated but determined wife Maggie 'the Cat'. As their troubled relationship comes to a stormy and steamy climax, a shockwave of secrets is finally revealed.

This 30th Anniversary Season marks the first production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on the CTC stage. Previous mountings of Williams' work at CTC include The Glass Menagerie in 2009 and 1985 (starring Melissa Gilbert) andNight of the Iguana in 1992.

The artistic team includes Lee Savage (Set Designer), Theresa Squire (Costume Designer), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Designer), Lindsay Jones (Sound Designer), and B. Bales Karlin (Production Stage Manager).

Single tickets and group packages are on sale. Tickets to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are $30; ticket packages range from $65 - $150. Order by phone at (716) 357-6250, M-F 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or order online at www.ciweb.org.

Photo Credit: Mark Anderson

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Carly Zien (Maggie) and Peter Mark Kendall (Brick)


Carly Zien (Maggie) and Peter Mark Kendall (Brick)


Carly Zien (Maggie) and Peter Mark Kendall (Brick)


Harris Yulin (Big Daddy) and Candy Buckley (Big Momma)


Candy Buckley (Big Momma) and Harris Yulin (Big Daddy)


Carly Zien (Maggie) and Peter Mark Kendall (Brick)


Harris Yulin (Big Daddy) and Candy Buckley (Big Momma)

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