The 10th Anniversary Summer Season of the Kearsley Park Players culminates with a production of the classic American drama “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams’ best-known works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The Kearsley Park Players production will be presented for one weekend only at the Opera House in Crossroads Village at 6140 Bray Road. Performances will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 25, Friday, September 26, and Saturday, September 27, with the only matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, September 28. Tickets are $5.00. Reservations can be made by calling (810) 736-7100 (ext. 6) during daytime business hours.
Directed by Kay Kelly, the experienced cast includes Ella J. Thorp as Maggie, Michael Kelly as Big Daddy, Matthew Szukhent as Brick, Laura Friesen as Big Mama, Ian Thomas as Gooper and Kari Kilpela as Mae.
Of particular interest is the fact that Michael Kelly and Laura Friesen (Big Daddy and Big Mama) are reprising roles they played together in a 1977 production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” while students at the University of Michigan-Flint. As Kelly relates, “It was a very successful production back then but I was a 26-year-old playing Big Daddy. Today, I understand who Big Daddy is much better than I did then.”
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” features several recurring motifs, such as social norms, greed, hypocrisy, decay, sexual desire, repression, and death. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is the story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband and wife Brick and Maggie and their interaction with Brick’s family over the course of one evening gathering at the family estate in Mississippi. The party is to celebrate the birthday of patriarch Big Daddy, “the Delta’s biggest cotton-planter”, and his return from a health clinic with what he has been told is a clean bill of health. All family members (except Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama) are aware of Big Daddy’s true diagnosis: he is dying of cancer. His family has lied to Big Daddy and Big Mama to spare the aging couple from pain on the patriarch’s birthday but, throughout the course of the play, it becomes clear that the family has long constructed a web of deceit for itself.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be the final production of this season’s schedule for the Kearsley Park Players and is part of “2014 Theatre in OUR Parks”, a collaboration between the City of Flint Parks and Recreation Department and Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission with funding from the Ruth Mott Foundation.
The full list of performances is as follows:
Thursday, September 25 – Crossroads Village – 7:30 pm
Friday, September 26 – Crossroads Village – 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 27 – Crossroads Village – 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 28 – Crossroads Village – 2 pm (only matinee)
More information at kearsleyparkplayers.com.