FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Theatre will present Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart,” April 16-19.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 843-661-1365, Monday through Friday, between 1 and 5 p.m., for seating availability.
“Crimes of the Heart,” won a Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
The scene is Hazlehurst, Miss., where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours at the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 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, that are grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick; by the awkward young lawyer Barnette Lloyd, who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her; and by Doc Porter, Meg’s old boyfriend. In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future.
The play is directed by associate professor Glen Gourley, with professor David Granath serving as lighting and scenic director, and costume design by assistant professor Amy Sherwood.
The cast of “Crimes of the Heart,” with hometown, is:
Lenny: Jessica Willis, Saluda
Meg: Rachel Harris, Florence
Babe: Christen Gilbert, Bluffton
Chick: Aubrey Harris, Orange Park, Fla.
Doc Porter: David Sistare, Lake City
Barnette Lloyd: Joey Webster, Dillon
Assistant director and stage manager: Brad Sponic, Goose Creek
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