Bruce S. Ticker
- Rats in a Hot Swish Hunt
A Broadway team does the unthinkable. They add a new ending to a play that outs the protagonist. This is 1955, when homosexuals were beaten and arrested for being homosexuals, and words like perversion and degenerate were used to refer to homosexuals. This revised play runs one night, triggering a political firestorm that climaxes in a McCarthy-style Senate hearing in which the artists are pressured to compromise their integrity. Inspired by the sexual ambiguity that consumes “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” the 1955 play written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Elia Kazan.
Three-Act: less than 2 hours – sets: Broadway theater stage, Manhattan Bar, U.S. Senate hearing room
8M: 3 can be doubled, race-neutral
5F: 2 can be doubled