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By Tennessee Williams

The definitive textual content of this American classic—reissued with an advent by means of Edward Albee (Who's petrified of Virginia Woolf? and a fragile stability) and Williams' essay "Person-to-Person."

Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American tale of brothers vying for his or her loss of life father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered within the individual of Maggie the Cat. The play additionally daringly showcased the load of sexuality repressed within the discomfort of her husband, Brick Pollitt. even with the general public controversy Cat stirred up, it was once provided the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that yr. Williams, as he so frequently did together with his performs, rewrote Cat on a scorching Tin Roof for plenty of years—the current model was once initially produced on the American Shakespeare pageant in 1974 with the entire adjustments that made Williams eventually claim the textual content to be definitive, and was once such a lot lately produced on Broadway within the 2003-04 season. This definitive version additionally contains Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes at the a variety of endings, and a brief chronology of the author's lifestyles. considered one of America's maximum residing playwrights, in addition to a chum and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise advent to the play from a playwright's standpoint, studying the candor, sensuality, energy, and effect of Cat on a scorching Tin Roof then and now.

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The definitive textual content of this American classic—reissued with an advent by way of Edward Albee (Who's terrified of Virginia Woolf? and a fragile stability) and Williams' essay "Person-to-Person. "

Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American tale of brothers vying for his or her loss of life father's inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered within the individual of Maggie the Cat. The play additionally daringly showcased the weight of sexuality repressed within the suffering of her husband, Brick Pollitt. even with the general public controversy Cat stirred up, it used to be offered the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that yr. Williams, as he so usually did along with his performs, rewrote Cat on a scorching Tin Roof for plenty of years—the current model used to be initially produced on the American Shakespeare pageant in 1974 with the entire alterations that made Williams ultimately claim the textual content to be definitive, and was once such a lot lately produced on Broadway within the 2003-04 season. This definitive version additionally comprises Williams' essay "Person-to-Person," Williams' notes at the quite a few endings, and a quick chronology of the author's lifestyles. one in all America's maximum residing playwrights, in addition to a chum and colleague of Williams, Edward Albee has written a concise creation to the play from a playwright's point of view, interpreting the candor, sensuality, energy, and effect of Cat on a scorching Tin Roof then and now.

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My dad, my dad – well, obviously, a winner. A big winner, very successful guy. They continue to play Ping-Pong. After a point or two, MARCUS continues. MARCUS Although it’s interesting. The mythology in my family is that my dad is a big winner. But it’s in my head too – my dad’s big success. I’m not saying it’s not true, but it’s mythology as well. 29 They play some more Ping-Pong. When MARCUS starts the next section about his dad, JAMIE grabs two bottles of beer from the bag at the side of the stage, opens them, and hands one to MARCUS .

MARCUS It’s a big challenge. JAMIE I think the only way I would want to do this is to ask Stephen himself. I’d want to bring Stephen in here. 4 I would ask him, “Stephen. Stephen? Which would you prefer? Your legacy? ” JAMIE Of being able to go to the bathroom by yourself. MARCUS No, absolutely. What makes you a winner? You revolutionize the world’s understanding of the nature of our existence, shall we say – JAMIE I’m not sure he’s revolutionized it. MARCUS No? Hasn’t he? JAMIE I think he’s made it accessible, or popular.

JAMIE Winner. They’ve won. MARCUS (overtop) Fuck. JAMIE (continuing) That’s a bad winner. It’s a shitty winner. MARCUS grabs a pair of Ping-Pong paddles from the bag at the side of the stage. He hands one to JAMIE . 27 JAMIE I’m no good at Ping-Pong. MARCUS I don’t care. JAMIE Ping-Pong, like tennis, is only good when you’re playing someone of equal calibre. MARCUS I like playing people who aren’t as good. JAMIE Because you get to kick the shit out of them. MARCUS No, it’s actually hard. It’s challenging to play just well enough so that it feels competitive, and everybody has a good time.

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