Sarah Agnew as Major Barbara. Photo by Michal Daniel. 

Director Lisa Peterson will helm Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Guthrie next January, the theater has announced. The production, Jan. 14-Feb. 26, 2012 , will help kick off a national celebration of Williams, who died in 1983, in what would have been his centenary year. 

The drama revolves around the family of Big Daddy Pollitt, the largest cotton tycoon in Mississippi. He is dying of cancer but is unaware of it as he celebrates his 65th birthday. Meanwhile, his family, including son Brick, a onetime football hero, and daughter-in-law Maggie, has issues.

No casting has been announced.

Last summer John Miller-Stephany directed a production of Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Guthrie headlined by Stacia Rice, Gretchen Egolf and "Desperate Housewives" star Ricardo Chavira.

Peterson last directed Shaw's "Major Barbara" at the Guthrie in 2007 starring Sarah Agnew (pictured).  

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