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This edition: Elizabeth Ashley, actress, critic John Lahr debate the idea of an all-black revival of Tennessee Williams' classic, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 22, 2008.

The background of the classic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof will be the focus of this weekend's "Theater Talk," the PBS chat show that offers interviews with top theatre practitioners.
Actress Elizabeth Ashley, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Maggie in the 1974 revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat and The New Yorker critic John Lahr discuss Tennesse Williams and what led him to create this classic American drama. They also debate the idea of doing Tennessee Williams' fifties southern-family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with an all-Black cast.

The Cat revival — starring Terrence Howard, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Anika Noni Rose — officially opens March 6, 2008 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Debbie Allen directs.

Guest List

Elizabeth Ashley Actress

John Lahr Writer, The New Yorker