[NEohioPAL] Cat on A Hot Tin Roof Play Reading with Brian Westerley at Beachwood Library

Margaret Reardon via NEohioPAL neohiopal at lists.neohiopal.org
Sat Jul 19 07:50:31 PDT 2014

Monday August18 7 pm
25501 Shaker Blvd
Beachwood OH
Join us for a reading of  Tennessee Williams' steamy classic! 
About the Play  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is the story of a Southern family in crisis, especially the husband and wife Brick and Margaret (usually called Maggie or "Maggie the Cat"), 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 Pollitt, "the Delta's biggest cotton-planter," and his return from the Ochsner 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 Pollitt family has long constructed a web of deceit for itself.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
Register at http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/ or call 216-831-6868.About Brian Brian Westerley has lived & worked in Ohio as well as Los Angeles.  While in L.A., Brian became an accomplished director, working with The Blank Theatre & Drama West.  He directed the world premieres of "The Day I Said Goodbye" (which he also starred in) & "Shark Tank" (another starring role).  He has also written & directed the plays "Caught Up in a Moment" & "Denial is Not a River in Egypt."  Brian most recently directed "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" & immediately followed that by appearing as Brick in the Stow Players production.  A skilled actor, Brian appeared in the L.A. Opera’s production of "Tosca" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Brian has won numerous awards for his theatrical work, including trophies for directing, Outstanding Supporting Actor ("Twilight of the Golds") & three in a row as Outstanding Lead Actor ("Butterflies are Free," "A Christmas Story
 & "Peanutman").  He has been seen in productions of "Dearly Departed," "Jake’s Dilemma," "Next Fall," "Confessions from the Ladies Room" & "Panic.
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