Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.docx - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elia Kazan o Decision to name names o The only major playwright to stand by Kazan was Williams and

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Elia Kazan o Decision to name names o The only major playwright to stand by Kazan was Williams and believed he had his own private reasons to do so o When Kazan received Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and was asked to direct, told Williams he could not direct it without a massive transformation in the 3 rd act o Kazan’s motives had to do with Brick and his lack of a conversion after confrontation in Big Daddy o Reasons Established rep of greatest director of American theater because of All My Sons and Death of a Salesman and relationship of father and sons The Communist-Homosexual o Kazan refused to direct the script of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Williams presented him in 1954 o In the 1950s, Communisms was correlated with homosexuality to make hatred of communism become part of the inner life of American men. This psychosocial monitoring was supposed to eliminate any desire for the “feminizing” ideology of Marxian Communism o Any man who felt sympathy for those who had been subject to discrimination could be converted to communism o State department used pre-existing inclination to homophobia and linked it to an ideological and political protocol o Would look for past allegiances with socialism/communism or signs of homosexuality in HUAC meetings o Included Brick who may have had some homosexual inclining to show that it could be any married man o Had Williams been exposed as a gay man he would have lost his standing in American theatre; so when Kazan told Williams he had doubts about this play, Williams took this as a veiled threat: “If you don’t change this play, I won’t direct it, and you will be exposed and ruined.”

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