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Crimes of the Heart 2011 Last Modified: Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Crimes of the Heart
by Beth Henley
Directed by Mary Hill

Performance Dates:
March 2011
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Synopsis Program Description:

From Dramatists Play Service:

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in our theatre. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

"While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake." —NY Times.

"It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it…it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play." —NY Post.

"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY Magazine.

Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Director Mary Hill

Lauren Hardin as Lennie Magrath

Christina Riggins as Chick Boyle
Cast of characters in order of appearance:
Role Actor
Lennie Magrath: Lauren Hardin
Chick Boyle: Christina Riggins
Doc Porter: Thomas Griffin
Meg Magrath: Miranda Hood Brewer
Babe Botrelle: Betsey Buys
Barnette Lloyd: Andrew Holland
Production Staff
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Mary Hill
Assistant Director: Karina Martinez
Stage Manager: Jaime Louton

Our Crew
Sound and light Technicians: Jay Painter
Mistie Martinez
Set Construction: Walter Dodson
Thomas Griffin
Prop Managers: Diane Darcus
Cate Thornton
Wardrobe Managers: Barbara Morgan
Cate Thornton
Publicity: Gene Forsyth
Jackie Stuelke
Programs: Bill & Barbara White

Pocket Community Theatre Staff
Production Committee Chair: Cate Thornton
Treasurer: Robert L. Simpson
Office: Margaret Forsyth
Graphic Arts: Neil Richardson
Photography: Renee Burns
Webmaster: John Lukas
Building Maintenance: Walter Dodson
Thomas Griffin as Doc Porter

Miranda Hood Brewer as Meg Magrath

Betsey Buys as Babe Botrelle

Andrew Holland as Barnette Lloyd

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