Kansas City Repertory Theatre has announced the cast and design team for its season opener, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Tennessee Williams.
Directed by Lisa M. Rothe, the cast includes Amy Elizabeth Attaway (Mae), Nathan Darrow (Brick), Darren Kennedy (Gooper), Merle Moores (Big Mama), Paul Vincent O’Connor (Big Daddy), and Vanessa Severo (Maggie).
The creative team features lighting design by Cecilia Durbin, scenic design by Lee Savage, sound design by Lindsay Jones, and costume design by Theresa Squire. Rachel M. Dyer serves as assistant stage manager and Mary R. Honour as production stage manager.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” tells the story of “Maggie the Cat,” her tormented husband Brick, and their night at patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday party. Even as Big Daddy decries the “mendacity” of others, family secrets and revelations threaten to tear the clan apart.
“’Why is it so damn hard for people to talk?’ This central question links “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” with new millennial conversations or lack thereof; an example of what makes this play so astonishingly current,” explains Rothe. “I am eager to explore this question with our dynamic cast, whose performances will no doubt breathe new life into this classic play.”
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” runs September 6 through Sept. 29 at the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus (4949 Cherry St., KCMO 64110). For more information visit kcrep.org.