Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley

Poster of Crimes of the Heart

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 and worried about her 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 Chick, their priggish cousin; Doc Porter, one of Meg’s high school beaus; and Barnette, 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.

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Performance Dates & Times

January 26, 2012 - 8:00pm

January 27, 2012 - 8:00pm

January 28, 2012 - 2:00pm

January 28, 2012 - 8:00pm


Davenport-Pierson Auditorium

Venue Accessibility: 
Lobby is accessible via building entrance by the north Elm Street gate. Upper seating level is accesible via lobby entrance. Lower seating and stage level is accesible via elevator in lobby.


Lenny Magrath
Babe Magrath
Barnette Lloyd
Doc Porter
Chick Boyle

Production Team

Costume Designer
Graphic Designer
Lighting Designer
Props Supervisor
Set Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager