Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 at Spencer Theatre

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece packs all the power today as when it premiered in 1955. The story of “Maggie the Cat,” her tormented husband Brick, and their night at patriarch Big Daddy’s birthday party remains a powerful study of character, conflict, and suspense. Even as Big Daddy decries the “mendacity” of others, family secrets and revelations threaten to tear the clan apart. A feast for favorite Kansas City actors, Cat, observes The Kansas City Star, remains “as emotionally true and intense as any modern drama.” You must not miss one of the landmark plays of the 20th century.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play in 3 acts. It runs for 2 hours and 50 minutes with 2 10-minute intermissions.

Please note that clove cigarettes and cigars will be utilized during this performance.

Photo credit: Vanessa Severo and Nathan Darrow photographed by Don Ipock

Written by
Tennessee Williams Directed by
Lisa Rothe
  • “Raw, explosive, steamy, sultry... A pot-boiler of a play. Vanessa Severo leads a dynamite cast as Maggie the Cat, the sexually frustrated wife of Brick Pollitt [portrayed by Nathan Darrow of “House of Cards”]… This production is worthy of national recognition… Compelling, thought-provoking, rough, sublime, shocking–it’s all there. This is Tennessee Williams at his finest. BOOK TICKETS NOW.”

    Bob Evans, KC Applauds
  • “A gleaming Cadillac production, deftly directed, elegantly designed and festooned with vivid performances from one of the best casts you’re likely to see on any stage.”

    Robert Trussell, KC Studio
  • “Sizzling, sensuous, and smoldering…features a cast of all-stars. Severo plays Maggie with sensuous success, and Darrow was a stand out giving us a Brick that is raw, like a live nerve. O’Conner plays Big Daddy with a power that is felt throughout the room while Merle Moores’ Big Mama is full of heart and soul that wrenched my own heart out. Amy Attaway is stellar, offering us a Mae that made me laugh and also dislike her, while Darren Kennedy’s portrayal of Goober definitely drove home why no one likes Goober. Damron Russel Armstrong as Reverend Tooker brought the energy and had the biggest laughs. The entire ensemble is on point… Director Lisa Rothe’s skill is evident mere seconds into the show.”

    Megan Greenlee, Perform.Ink

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Lisa M. Rothe
Assistant Director:
Amy O'Connor
Production Stage Manager:
Mary R. Honour
Assistant Stage Manager:
Rachel M. Dyer
Scenic Design:
Lee Savage
Costume Design:
Theresa Squire
Wig/Hair Design:
Alison Hanks
Light Design:
Cecilia Durbin
Sound Design:
Lindsay Jones
Dialect Coach:
Scott Stackhouse
Damron Russel Armstrong

KCRep: Antigone, Two Trains Running, Raisin in the Sun. New York: The Cradle Will Rock (Theatre 2020). Regional: Children of more

Reverend Tooker, As Cast
Amy Elizabeth Attaway

KCRep: What Would Crazy Horse Do? Local: The Revolutionists, Project Dawn (Unicorn Theatre); Photograph 51, M. Butterfly (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); more

Louisa Bartlett

KCRep: debut. Local: The Wizard of Oz (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Newsies (Shawnee Mission North High School). Training: more

Danny Cox

Born Daniel Cox Jr., in Cincinnati Ohio, 1943. Danny started his professional at age 17 in Folk Music and has more

Doctor Baugh, As Cast
Nathan Darrow

KCRep: To Kill A Mockingbird. New York: Summer and Smoke (CSC/Transport Group); Richard III (Old Vic/BAM). Regional: A Number (People’s more

Darren Kennedy

Most recently seen as Benedick in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s Much Ado About Nothing, other HASF productions include more

Lainey McManamy

Lainey McManamy is excited for the opportunity to return to KC Rep after playing Tiny Tim in last year’s A more

Merle Moores

KCRep: August: Osage County, Death of a Salesman, Diary of Anne Frank, Hamlet, A Christmas Carol, The Fantasticks, The Seagull, more

Big Mama
Paul Vincent O'Connor

KCRep: debut. Regional: 16-year member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Wooly Mammoth Theatre, The Geffen, The Old Globe, South Coast more

Big Daddy
Vanessa Severo

VANESSA SEVERO (Maggie) was thrilled to have Frida…A Self Portrait further developed, enriched and nurtured at KCRep OriginKC, 2019. Frida…A more

Ben Stoker

KCRep: debut. Local: The Ballad of Lefty & Crabbe (The Living Room Theatre); It’s A Wonderful Life (Peter Bailey, TheatreSquared); more

Iris Woosley

IRIS WOOSLEY (Sookey) is a senior undergraduate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has endless gratitude for the greatest more

Sookey, As Cast

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