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Tennessee Williams’ best known tale of struggle and survival now in previews at The Shaw

“What is the victory of the cat on a hot tin roof? Just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can.”

Media Release #11

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, May 4, 2011 . . . Under the stifling heat of the Mississippi Delta, the Pollitt family gather together to celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy, the family patriarch. This show of family togetherness is quickly revealed for the sham that it is, however, as relationships already laden with tension start to fracture and eventually explode. Directed by Associate Director Eda Holmes, Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about mendacity and money, secrets and sins, is now in previews at the Shaw Festival.

Shaw Ensemble members Moya O’Connell, Gray Powell, Corrine Koslo and Jim Mezon bring the iconic family members Maggie, Brick, Big Mama and Big Daddy to full blooded life, along with fellow cast members Patrick McManus, Nicole Underhay, Ijeoma Emesowum, Morgan Hilliker, Emma Jemiolo, Emily Lostracco, Leah McPherson, Craig Pike and Jay Turvey. Production credits for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof include design by Sue LePage, lighting design by Lighting Design Director Kevin Lamotte, with original music composed by John Gzowski. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Allan Teichman and Assistant Stage Manager Eamonn Reil.

A new generation is discovering this American classic. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is resonating with younger audiences, making it the third most requested production of The Shaw’s popular $30-under-30 program behind My Fair Lady and Candida. 

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof began preview performances Tuesday, May 3, opens Thursday, May 26 and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 23. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is co-sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

The Shaw Festival’s milestone season began April 7, 2011, runs until October 30, 2011 and features an array of diverse theatre on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. This momentous season also includes productions of My Fair Lady, Heartbreak House, Candida, The Admirable Crichton, Drama at Inish – A Comedy, On the Rocks, Maria Severa, The President, Topdog/Underdog, When the Rain Stops Falling and a special 50th season two-day event, The Speed of Ideas: A Theatrical Forum featuring award-winning playwrights Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks and author and renowned theatre critic Michael Billington. For more information on our 50th season celebrations, please visit www.shawfest.com/Home/Our-50th-Season.

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In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

Please visit our website at www.shawfest.com/news for other Shaw Festival media releases. For more information, or to download images from our image bank to accompany this release, members of the media may contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222                   

Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
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