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  • ISBN 0451125878
  • ISBN13 978-0451125873
  • Language English
  • Author Tennessee Williams
  • Publisher Signet; First Thus edition (September 1, 1958)
  • Formats lrf lit docx lrf
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Dramas and Plays
  • Size ePub 1333 kb
  • Size Fb2 1212 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
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cat on a hot tin roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta" of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.

Tennessee Williams is a master playwright of the 20th century. He touches on social issues as homosexual relationships and a woman's place in a marriage before it was socially acceptable to do so. Being ahead of his time, Williams brings these issues into light in the forms of deep characters. I listened to a version of this play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, written by one of the greatest American playwrights, Tennessee Williams, debuted in 1955 with its portrait of rich southerner Big Daddy, Big Mama, and two brothers sort of vying for for their dying father's inheritance. Biff, a former successful football player, is now an alcoholic, and not sleeping with his lovely wife, Maggie the Cat.

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43 quotes from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: ‘I've got the guts to di. A drinking man's someone who wants to forget he isn't still young and believing ― Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. tags: alcoholism, depression.

43 quotes from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: ‘I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?’ . Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Quotes Showing 1-30 of 43. I've got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live? ― Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Tennessee Williams frequently re-wrote his plays, and he made significant .

Tennessee Williams frequently re-wrote his plays, and he made significant changes to CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF both before and after the Broadway debut, so there are at least three versions of the play.

Tennessee Williams died at the age of 72 after he choked on an eyedrop bottle cap in his room at the Hotel Elysee in. .

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Die Katze auf dem heißen Blechdach (Originaltitel: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) ist ein von Tennessee Williams geschriebenes Theaterstück über eine reiche amerikanische Farmer Familie. Es wurde 1958 unter gleichem Titel verfilmt.

Michael Billington: The American playwright's masterpiece, an explosive story of sexual repression, has suffered at the hands of directors and censors. Given that it is Tennessee Williams's best play, it is surprising how rarely we see Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Since its British premiere in 1958, it has had only three major London revivals. Although many people know it through the disastrously diluted Elizabeth Taylor-Paul Newman movie, it is not that often seen on regional stages, either: I can trace four Scottish revivals in the last 15 years, but few in England.

Tennessee Williams is considered by some to be one of the most influential architects of.

Tennessee Williams is considered by some to be one of the most influential architects of 20th century American dram. e created bedrooms, lots of bedrooms with tin roofs. Like us, Tennessee had a cool name. National Public Radio, All Things Considered: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof This radio piece aired on March 24th, 2005, and highlights the anniversary of Cat's premiere, offering some interesting history as well.

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Tennessee Williams frequently re-wrote his plays, and he made significant changes to CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF both before and after the Broadway debut, so there are at least three versions of the play. All three versions are set in the 1950s, in a large bed-sitting room in a Mississippi delta plantation house; all three versions require a cast of seventeen, including four children and four African-American servants; all three have a run time of about three hours including intermission.

Williams originally wrote CAT with less sympathetic Maggie, and with Big Daddy appearing only in Act Two, and with a fairly dark conclusion. Director Elia Kazan agreed to direct the play for Broadway, but strongly urged Williams make several changes. These included making Maggie more sympathetic, extending the role of Big Daddy into Act Three. Williams did not like all of Kazan’s suggestions, but he followed them, and the result was the 1955 Broadway play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Circle Award. It is the version most commonly seen in revival and the one on which the 1958 film starring Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor was based. In 1974 Williams re-wrote the play, restoring much of what Kazan had asked him to remove. So far as I know, this particular variation is only available through Dramatist Play Service, which publishes an acting script and which holds the licensing rights to this (and all other variations) of the play.

When published for the general reading public, as in this edition, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF contains two versions of Act Three, the first as Williams originally wrote it, the second as Kazan asked, returning Big Daddy to the stage and including a somewhat softer conclusion. This edition also includes an introduction by Edward Albee, an essay by Brian Parker, and notes by Williams.

The play is famous. Big Daddy Pollock owns a large plantation in the Mississippi delta, where he lives with his wife, Big Mama. His oldest son Gooper, his very pregnant wife Mae, and their five children are frequent visitors; his younger son Brick and his very sexy wife Maggie have been permanent houseguests for some time. As the play progresses, we discover that Brick and Maggie have a deeply strained relationship and that Gooper and Mae plan to use their discord to take control of the estate when Big Daddy, who has terminal cancer, dies. Although the different third acts vary significantly, both hinge on Maggie’s determination to blackmail Brick into resuming physical intimacy in order to have a child, an event that will motivate Big Daddy to leave them the estate.

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is noted for the fact that the central characters—Brick and Maggie, Gooper and Mae, and Big Daddy and Big Mama—are extremely combative, not only with the other characters but with their own partners. Some people regard the play as a three-hour-long argument, and the extremes presented in the play would not be topped until Edward Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF in 1962. The play is famous for the number of motifs and themes Williams presents, most particularly those of greed and deceit. At the time it debuted on Broadway, the play’s statements about homosexuality were considered scandalous, and they were so hot that the 1958 film version does completely changes the story line in order to avoid mention of it. The language of the play was also considered extreme, containing numerous profanities, vulgarities, and racial slurs.

CAT is a bitter but fascinating play with characters who are willing to go to almost any extreme to win what they want—and like A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE’s Blanche, Brick is a character who elects to live inside a fantasy that protects him from harsh realities, some of them of his own making. Uncomfortable, jittery, and explosive, it is a classic of 20th Century dramatic literature. Strongly recommended.

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…may throw the first stone, to paraphrase a Biblical injunction. I still remember the “racy” movie posters, featuring Elizabeth Taylor, when this play was first issued as a movie in the 1950’s. I neither saw the movie, nor watched a production of the play. Thanks to a recent reading of The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Books) I decided that I needed to read more of this quintessential American (and Southern) playwright. “Cat…” was first produced in 1955, and would win the Pulitzer Prize.

The play is set in the largest mansion in the very heart of the rich farmland of the Mississippi delta, near Clarksville. There are three acts, but the time period is continuous. ‘Big Daddy’ is now 65, and owner of the plantation. He is still “rough-hewed,” having once been the overseer of the plantation that was owned by two “sisters” (gays), Jack Straw and Peter Ochello. Homosexuality, a “racy” topic in the 1950’s, is a theme throughout the play. ‘Big Daddy’s’ wife is, sure enough, ‘Big Mama.’ They have two sons, Brick and Gooper, who are each married, respectively, to Maggie and Mae. Each of the women have societal pretenses, one raised in Memphis, and the other Nashville. Gooper is the oldest, and with Mae has five “no-neck” children, with a sixth on the way. Brick and Mae are childless. He is also a serious alcoholic, morose over his lost college athletic “glory days,” and his relationship with his buddy, Skipper, now dead. The reason for Brick and Maggie’s childlessness – that he will not sleep with her – and his probable homosexual relationship with Skipper is developed as the play progresses. ‘Big Mama’ frankly criticizes Maggie for failing to perform her “bed duties,” and keep her son happy. They all live in the mansion house, and are jockeying for the inheritance. It is a “heady” mix.

Mendacity, greed, sexual longing are all themes woven throughout the play. About half this Kindle edition contains various essays of commentary, the most meaningful one from Tennessee Williams himself. The influence and relationship of Williams with the director Elia Kazan is described. I even learned that this play was the favorite of Fidel Castro, who greeted Williams on their first meeting with the exclamation: “Oh, that Cat!” The play’s evolution and various versions are discussed (perhaps more than most people need to know), and an entirely different third act is also included.

Reading, or watching a performance of Williams’ plays is an important part of the “curriculum” of any student of American drama – whatever the age of that student. 5-stars for “The Cat.”