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‘Cat’ purring with Masterson

Field, Clarkson also in prod'ns at fest

WASHINGTON — Mary Stuart Masterson has signed to play Maggie the Cat in the Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” part of a retrospective of plays by Tennessee Williams. Mark Lamos will direct.

Masterson will join George Grizzard, Dana Ivey, Emily Skinner and Patrick Wilson in the play, slated for the Eisenhower Theater June 12-July 4. T. Scott Cunningham has been cast as Gooper, and Brian Reddy will play Reverend Baugh.

Masterson, mostly known as a film actress (“Fried Green Tomatoes”), received critical acclaim and a Tony nomination for her perf in the Broadway revival of “Nine” last season.

Called “Tennessee Williams Explored,” the festival will include “The Glass Menagerie” featuring Sally Field in the role of Amanda Wingfield and “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Patricia Clarkson as Blanche DuBois. It also will include an evening of five one-act plays, three of them world premieres, by Williams and produced and directed by Shakespeare Theater artistic director Michael Kahn.

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