CAST holds ‘Hot Tin Roof’ staged reading auditions

CAST Theater announces auditions for the staged reading of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. in the studio at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script so there is no need to prepare anything before you arrive.

Rehearsals will begin Jan. 17. The play will be presented as a staged reading March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and is being directed by Richard Parker.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” first heated up Broadway in 1955 with its gothic American story of brothers vying for their dying father’s inheritance amid a whirlwind of sexuality, untethered in the person of Maggie the Cat.

The play also daringly showcased the burden of sexuality repressed in the agony of her husband, Brick Pollitt.

In spite of the public controversy “Cat” stirred up, it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award for that year.

The play calls for four women, six men and four children (two girls and two boys).

For more information contact director Richard Parker at 541-490-4398.

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Meanwhile, the second of four staged readings at CAST this season, the farce “Travesties” by Tom Stoppard, runs Jan. 18 and 19, directed by Gregory Baisden.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m., tickets at the door for $5 per person. Stick around after each show for a “Talk Back” with the cast and director about absurdities, propositions and conundrums revealed by the play, which posits a meeting of James Joyce, Vladamir Lenin and Tristan Tzara (co-founder of the international Dadaist art movement) in Zurich during World War I.

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