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Edge Theatre Company to Present CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, 10/18-11/17

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The Edge Theatre Company is proud to present Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" October 18 - November 17 at 1560 Teller Street in Lakewood. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 - $22 and are available online at www.theedgetheater.com or by calling 303-232-0363.

This classic favorite is the story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband and wife Brick and Margaret (usually called Maggie or "Maggie the Cat"), and their interaction with Brick's family over the course of one evening gathering at the family estate in Mississippi. The party is to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Big Daddy Pollitt and his return from the Ochsner Clinic with what he has been told is a clean bill of health. All family members (except Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama) are aware of Big Daddy's true diagnosis: he is dying of cancer. His family has lied to Big Daddy and Big Mama to spare the aging couple from pain on the patriarch's birthday but it becomes clear that the Pollitt family has long constructed a web of deceit for itself.

Director Angela Astle stated, "As a director who believes in non-traditional casting, I have the freedom to see an actor as being right for the part-regardless of size, shape, and color. If you saw Russell Costen's work in Athena Project's Tell Martha Not to Moan this past spring and summer, you could imagine him as a great Big Daddy. As a matter of fact, Russell Costen is Big Daddy. In this well-known Tennessee Williams classic, audiences will peer through imaginary windows, believe they are sweltering in the heat of Mississippi in late summer, and witness an explosion in the bedroom they are sitting in; they will also imagine that a white owner of a Southern plantation can be played a black actor. I invite you to join us at The Edge and see with your imagination."

The cast, under the direction of Angela Astle, includes Emma Messenger (Big Mama), Russell Costen (Big Daddy), Maggy Stacy (Maggie), Brian Landis Folkins (Brick), Marc Stith (Gooper), Kelly Dwyer (Mae), Ryan Goold (Rev. Tooker), Bob Byrnes (Doc Baugh), Geri Crawley (Sookey), Banji Osindero (Lacey), Sonsharae Tull (Brightie/Small) and the Pollitt Children.

This 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama received a Broadway revival in 2013.

Photo by: RDG Photography


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