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Play made famous as movie by Elizabeth Taylor opens this weekend at Rockwall playhouse

“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” playwright Tennessee Williams’ classic steamy production made famous as a movie by Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor – who died yesterday at age 79 – opens at the Rockwall Community Playhouse this weekend.

It will continue Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through April 10.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.RockwallCommunityPlayhouse.org or by calling the Theatre at 972-722-3399.

Prices are $20 for adults and students, and $15  for seniors.

The play is directed locally by ShelleyAubrey.

One of Williams’s best-known works, said to be his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955.

Set in “the bed-sitting room of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta” of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, primarily between his son Brick and Brick’s wife, Maggie the “Cat”.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof features several recurring motifs, such as social mores, greed, superficiality, decay, sexual desire, and death. Dialogue throughout is often rendered phonetically to represent accents of the American South.

The play was adapted as a motion picture by the same name in 1958, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman as Maggie and Brick, respectively.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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