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Crimes of the Heart

Comedic drama
by Beth Henley
Aug. 19 – Sept. 4, 2021


All shows at 7:30 pm

Thursday, August 19
Friday, August 20
Saturday, August 21

Wednesday, August 25 (value night)
Thursday, August 26
Friday, August 27
Saturday, August 28

Wednesday, Sept. 1 (value night)
Thursday, Sept. 2
Friday, Sept. 3
Saturday, Sept. 4

Content advisory: This production contains adult language, situations, and the use of herbal cigarettes.

CRIMES OF THE HEART is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

About the Show

In Hazlehurst, MS, the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest, is thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, is back home after a failed singing career; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband. The sisters escape the past to seize the future, on a journey that’s touching and hilarious along the way.

About the Playwright

Beth Henley was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Her plays have been produced internationally and translated into over ten languages. CRIMES OF THE HEART (The Golden Theatre) and THE WAKE OF JAMEY FOSTER (Eugene O’Neill Theatre) were performed on Broadway. Off-Broadway productions include: THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTEST, AM I BLUE, THE LUCKY SPOT, THE DEBUTANTE BALL, ABUNDANCE, IMPOSSIBLE MARRIAGE, and FAMILY WEEK. Her play RIDICULOUS FRAUD was produced at McCarter Theatre as well as South Coast Repertory Theatre. Ms. Henley’s THE JACKSONIAN premiered at the Geffen Theatre in January 2012 to great acclaim. Robert Falls directed and the cast included Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Amy Madigan and Glenne Headly. It was performed Off-Broadway at the New Group. Studio Theatre produced the world premiere of her newest play, LAUGH in 2015. Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for CRIMES OF THE HEART. Other awards include: American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwriting Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for CRIMES OF THE HEART and RIDICULOUS FRAUD; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007; ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010. Ms. Henley has the honor of serving as Theatre Arts Presidential Professor at LMU, Los Angeles. She is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Dramatist Guild and the Academy of Arts and Science.

Production Team


Brigid O’Brien as Lenny Magrath
Emily Wallander as Chick Boyle
Mark Krueger as Doc Porter
Abbi Minessale as Meg Magrath
Madison Penzkover as Babe Botrelle
Logan Milway as Barnette Lloyd


Director: Kelly Goeller
Stage Manager:  Allyson Imig
Scenic Designer and Technical Director: Christopher Kurtz
Costume Designer: Sharon Sohner
Lighting and Sound Designer: Chris Meissner
Properties Designer: Teresa Alioto
Run Crew: Del Lovejoy