Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

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Paperback, New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2004, ISBN# 0811216012

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The tragic lives of a guilt-ridden alcoholic, his sexually-frustrated wife, and a tyrannical patriarch are violently exposed in Williams' renowned play.

About this item

The tragic lives of a guilt-ridden alcoholic, his sexually-frustrated wife, and a tyrannical patriarch are violently exposed in Williams' renowned play.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat. The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt. In spite of the public controversy Cat stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year. Williams, as he so often did with his plays, rewrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for many years--the present version was originally produced at the American Shakespeare Festival in 1974 with all the changes that made Williams finally declare the text to be definitive, and was most recently produced on Broadway in the 2003-04 season. This definitive edition also includes Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes on the various endings, and a short chronology of the author's life. One of America's greatest living playwrights, as well as a friend and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise introduction to the play from a playwright's perspective, examining the candor, sensuality, power, and impact of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof then and now.


Contributed by: Albee, Edward
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Sep 2004
ISBN-13: 9780811216012
ISBN-10: 0811216012
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.25
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75

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