Ruth Stage announced today that two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden) will reprise her role as ‘Big Mama’, as well as announcing the complete casting for their provocative and controversial modern staging of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Ruth Stage’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof returns to the Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 W 46th Street) after a hit off-Broadway premiere run last summer. The original 35 performance run was the first time in history that the Tennessee Williams estate had granted permission for the show to be staged off-Broadway.
“Alison Fraser redefined the role of the pained ‘Big Mama’ and delivered a knockout punch that was both haunting and powerful,” added Ruth Stage ahead of today’s release.
Ms. Fraser will be joined by previously announced leads: Courtney Henggeler (“Cobra Kai” series regular) in her New York City stage debut as the central role of ‘Maggie the Cat,’ Matt de Rogatis reprising his critically acclaimed role as ‘Brick, and Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Frederick Weller (To Kill a Mockingbird, “In Plain Sight”) as ‘Big Daddy’.
Completing the cast are Christine Copley as ‘Mae’, Adam Dodway as ‘Gooper’, Milton Elliott as ‘Rev. Tooker’, and Jim Kempner as ‘Doc Baugh’.
In addition, Tony Award winning Broadway producer Joseph Grano (Jersey Boys) has joined the shows’ production team. Mr. Grano is currently producing A Beautiful Noise on Broadway.
This landmark production will be helmed by returning director Joe Rosario and his creative team which features Matt Imhoff as the set designer, Christian Specht as the lighting designer, Tomas Correa as sound designer and Jesse Meckl as the stage manager. Casting is by Ruth Stage.
Ruth Stage’s off-Broadway premiere of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece concluded its run on August 14, 2022, playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations. On the heels of the show’s success, the Tennessee Williams estate has issued an unprecedented re-engagement license to the maverick theatre group.
Performances of Ruth Stage’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are set to begin on Friday, February 24, 2023, ahead of an opening night set for Sunday, March 5, 2023. This strictly-limited 42 performance re-engagement will run through Friday, March 31, 2023.
Tennessee Williams’ sultry, southern storm of a play about greed, deceit, self-delusion, sexual desire and repression, homophobia, sexism, and the looming specter of death won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955. Ruth Stage’s modern and haunting interpretation is set in an estate in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon. The play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s highly dysfunctional family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the Cat, Brick’s wife.
The production is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets, priced between $39 and $125, are on sale now and can be purchased at either www.ruthstage.org/cat or www.telecharge.com.