place in the bedroom of Maggie and Brick Pollitt, a young, combative
couple under pressure to give the family’s dying patriarch an heir. Jo had
already decided on a sparsely furnished bedroom dominated by a double bed, an ever-present reminder of their sexless marriage. He wrote to
Williams, “You have no idea, Tennessee, how exciting this is to work on.
This makes up for months and months of slaving over trivia.”
Preliminary drawing for the bed headboard. Jo Mielziner, 1955, Cat on a Hot Tin
Roof, image courtesy of Billy Rose Theater Collection, NYPL, © Jo Mielziner Estate.