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12/11 & 12/12 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Wit

The Wit Theatre Company is holding open auditions for the Tennessee Williams masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Thomas Brugger.

Auditions will be held from 7-10PM on December 11th and 12th at the Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake St., Denver) in the basement.

Please bring a resume and headshot and be prepared to do a cold reading from the script. A prepared monologue is not needed. Actors will be required to use southern accents.

Rehearsals begin Monday January 2nd and run Monday-Thursday from 7pm-9pm

The show will open February 15th and will run for 6 performances. Location TBA

Call Thomas Brugger at 720-331-2648 with any questions about auditions and rehearsal schedule.

Synopsis:
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy’s daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she’s finally become pregnant by Big Daddy’s favorite son, Brick, but Brick won’t cooperate in Maggie’s plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumble from his position of most-beloved son. By evening’s end, Maggie’s ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Brick’s love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie’s loving arms.

Cast:
· Big Daddy (lead) – A self-made man and he knows he’s had a successful life. He lives at the top of his voice and is generally a tyrant. Mid 60’s.
· Big Mama (lead) – The doting wife of Big Daddy is terrified that the king of the house and plantation may be dying. 60’s.
· Brick (lead) – The former football hero is drinking himself to death over a dark secret in his life. He uses a crutch throughout the play and wears pajama bottoms. 30′s
· Margaret (lead) – Brick’s wife is sexy, charming, yet conniving and used to her own way as her position in society has raised her to be. Dresses in a flimsy negligee and tries to rekindle a romance, a sex life, any kindness from Brick. 30′s.
· Mae /Sister Woman (support) – Married to Gooper. Devoted to Gooper and anxious for him to get his due, and in turn, her too. 30′s
· Gooper/ Brother Man (support) – Older brother to Brick. Gooper has all of the responsibilities and chores and none of the thanks. 30′s
· Reverend Tooker (character role) – Longtime friend of the family. Dinner guest at this uncomfortable party. Pious, conventional. 40′s -60′s
· Doctor Baugh (character role) – The perfect gentleman invited to the mansion to give Big Daddy the hard cold truth. 40′s -60′s.

· Children (smaller roles) – Children of the family out of place in this time and space where death looms and lies are told. Ages 6 -12 year olds. Boys and girls.

* The children are not required to attend every rehearsal. Parents please note that rehearsals are held in the basement of a bar and your presence is required whenever your children are rehearsing.

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