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‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’ Showcases The Timeless Tale About Family Dynamics

Georgia Ensemble Theatre's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens Sept. 12.
Georgia Ensemble Theatre's production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opens Sept. 12.
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Tennessee Williams‘ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” takes the stage at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. The story is set in the 1950s, and it’s about a dysfunctional wealthy Southern family.

The patriarch, “Big Daddy” is unaware that he is dying of cancer. As the family gathers together on his 65th birthday, little does he know they are all fighting over their own piece of inheritance.

Lois Reitzes spoke with the director James Donadio and actor Kate Donadio MacQueen who plays the female lead, Maggie the “Cat.”

“The reason that the play still holds up is because it’s still dealing with inter-family dynamics, which really haven’t changed since time and memorial,” said James Donadio.

Speaking of family dynamics, Kate and James are father and daughter. This was the first production that the duo had worked together in this capacity.

“Well, I was fairly nervous going into the performance. I mean, no one ever wants to appear less than perfect in front of their parent, especially me in front of my father, who’s work I’ve admired my whole life. But, knowing each other for as long as we have, we already had a short-hand and we trust each other very well. Since we have such an established relationship, I believe it’s been much easier to navigate this role,” said Kate Donadio.

James Donadio also said that the Georgia Ensemble’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” was taken from five different versions of the play. The Broadway performance premiered on stage in 1955 and was created into a film with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman three years later.

The play runs Sept.12- 28 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.