Crimes of the Heart

By Beth Henley

Directed by Heather Wilson-Bowlby

August 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30PM

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. 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.

Production Staff

Director – Heather Wilson-Bowlby
Stage Manager – Kevin Leichman
Assistant Stage Manager – Mackenzie Rosko
Technical Director/Production Designer – Rod Oden
Costume Designer – Melody Yates
Props Master – Eva Rosko


Barnette – Maxwell Greger
Babe – Krissey Browder
Doc – Hoke Pittman
Meg – Skyler Sanders
Chick – Alison Proba
Lenny – Annie Boger


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