‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ heats things up at WCSU in March
DANBURY, CONN. —Western Connecticut State University’s spring 2016 theatre arts production, Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” directed by Sal Trapani, will open on Saturday, March 5, in the MainStage Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 5, 11 and 12; with 2 p.m. matinees on March 6, 12 and 13. Tickets are $20 for the public and $15 for seniors and non-WCSU students, plus fees. To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof-tickets-20706865793.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” earned the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for playwright Williams. His best-known work, it was reportedly also his personal favorite. Set in a Mississippi Delta plantation home, the play examines the relationships among family members of a wealthy cotton tycoon.
Professor of Theatre Arts Trapani said, “This is a great story and our production really focuses on the acting. It provides the opportunity for our wonderful actors to shine in a searing drama of lust, lies, greed and death.”
The WCSU cast will include Nicholas Raines, of Brookfield, as Brick; Shaylen Harger, of Orange, as Maggie; Eric Jagun, of Prospect, as Big Daddy; Alex Allyn, of Trumbull, as Big Mamma; John Mudgett, of Newtown, as Gooper; Lauren Bell, of Southbury, as Mae; Howard Powell, of West Haven, as Reverend Tooker; Ryan J. Taylor, of New Fairfield, as Dr. Baugh; Marisabel Sanchez, of New Haven, as Lacey; and Shaynanna Grey, of New Haven, as Sookie.
The crew also includes Pam McDaniel as producer, Frank Herbert as technical director, Elizabeth Popiel as set designer, Scott Cally as lighting designer, Irene Thelen as costume designer, Zachary Lowe and Andrew Gusiora as sound designers, Kori Hansen as technical supervisor, Joni Johns Lerner as costume supervisor, Claire Gaudette as stage manager, and Theresa Carroll as production manager.
Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.