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'Tin Roof to tackle
W illiams's his experience, the play presents
some new obstacles.
acclaimed play to "I'm not used to doing Ameri-
can realism, so there was that
come to A2CT challenge," Ingagiola said. "I'm
much more used to doing classi-
By REBECCA GODWIN cal pieces and Shakespeare."
For theDaily The celebrated play by Ten-
nessee Williams tells the story
With only one week left until
opening night, one of the main
actors in Ann Arbor Civic The-
atre's "Cat on a
Hot Tin Roof" Cat on a Hot
had to bow outT
for personal in Roof
reasons. The Thursday,
remaining cast Friday and
and crew found Saturdayat
themselves in 8 p.m.and
a difficult posi- Sunday at
"We have a 2p.m.
lot of work to Arthur Miller
do and the cast Theatre
knows that. And From $11
they are ready
for the chal-
lenge," Director Kat Walsh said.
A good portion of this work
falls on University graduate
James Ingagiola, who stepped
up to play the role of Brick.
Ingagiola is no stranger to the
Ann Arbor theater commu-
nity, having written, directed
and starred in countless shows,
including A2CT's production'
of Shakespeare's "Much Ado
About Nothing." But even with
of the Pollits, a dysfunctional,
but very wealthy, Southern fam-
ily. With the aging patriarch, Big
Daddy, dying of cancer, the fam-
ily must deal with its own greed,
lies and inner turmoil or risk
tearing the family apart.
Like most shows, the cast
begins each practice with a
series of warm-ups that include
a mix of vocal exercises as well
as a few simple yoga stretches.
Sometimes, though, Walsh likes
to introduce some elements of
fun into an otherwise very dra-
One such exercise had the
cast performing the entirety of
the show in under an hour using
only their characters' subtext
and staging for the dialogue. The
task allowed the actors to get
crazy, while also letting them
explore their characters' ulte-
rior, and often unsaid, motives.
While the upcoming open-
ing night adds pressure for
the ensemble, they must also
deal with the stress from their
careers outside of the play.
Walsh works for the Office of
University Development and
Anna Heinl, who plays Maggie,
works as an attorney in South-
"I work and live 45 minutes
away so it's a long commute,
but it's worth it for this amaz-
ing experience with these great
people," Heinl said.
Despite busy schedules, the
actors wouldn't dream of giv-
ing up theater. The passion they
have for the work keeps them
coming back time and again.
"I think what's important is
that you believe in the transfor-
mative power of the arts," Walsh
explained. "You believe in the
questions being asked and you
fight to be on that stage."
Ingagiola, who takes a more
personal view of the arts, added,
"It's the communion of work-
ing with other actors and com-
municating ideas to an audience
which I really enjoy."
When the audience walks
out, Walsh and the cast hope
they leave discussing the story
told and the themes within that
"When a play is asking the
right questions and does the
right job, people don't walk
away talking about the director
or the actors or the set; they're
Rumor has it, Angie Miller has the support of the cast of "Spring Breakers."
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forgive until it's fixed: Not since
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