Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Tucson: UA's Arizona Repertory Theatre presents "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"



From: Anne Gardner []
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 10:12 AM
Subject: Press Release for fall "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"


UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre performs the classic drama ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’


Dates & Times:

Evenings: September 3-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m.

Matinees: September 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 1:30 p.m.


Place: Marroney Theatre on the UA campus located near the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.


Cost/Admission: General $28, Senior Citizen/UA Employee/Military $26, Student $19.


Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162.


Parking: Theatregoers may park in the Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Ave. just north of Speedway Blvd.  For weekday evening performances, you can pre-pay for parking.  Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight, take your parking ticket immediately to the garage cashier after parking.  Cashier is located on the east side of the main level.  Parking fee will be $3 (cash only).  After the performance, insert the parking ticket at the gate to exit.  Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.


Production Information: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” by Tennessee Williams.  Presented by the UA School of Theatre Arts Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) and directed by Brent Gibbs.


Season Producer Sponsor: The Harris

Production Sponsor: Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast


In this acclaimed masterpiece by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams, family tensions run high and are as thick as a humid southern summer night.  While one brother and his scheming wife are vying for his dying father’s inheritance, the other seeks escape in a bottle as he avoids dealing with his turbulent marriage to Maggie “The Cat” in a place where the “walls have ears.”  Explosive and poignant, this contemporary drama, made famous by the 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, examines the dysfunctional Southern family’s rivalries, avarice and secrets. 


Actor Roberto Guajardo, who plays Big Daddy, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Lumie award by the Tucson Pima Arts Council and Community Partners, for “sustained excellence and innovation in his field of art over a significant number of years.”


Director Brent Gibbs calls “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” a brutally honest play that takes place in a “hot humid world where the gentile trappings of Southern nobility cannot obscure the primal urges of greed, sex and violence.”  He also notes that Williams once wrote, “I have never written about any kind of vice which I can’t observe in myself.”


Contains adult language and mature themes.


This production is offered through the generous support of the 2008 Summer Arts Festival, a program of the Office of Summer and Winter Session.


Audience Enrichment: Learn more about “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” through an exciting post-show discussion on Sunday, September 7, immediately after the performance in the Marroney Theatre. Meet the actors during a Q&A segment facilitated by guest speakers.  All discussions are free and open to the public.


Experience more of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” through a new blog spot at  It features photos, articles, and other information designed to enhance your experience with the show. 


Media Contact: Paula Newsome,  (520) 626-2686,


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