Crimes of the Heart


by Beth Henley

We join the three Magrath sisters as they reunite in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to attend the family patriarch, Old Granddaddy, as he lives out the last hours of his life in this tragicomedy by American playwright, Beth Henley. Nominated for the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play Winner and winner of the1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Henley’s play has the distinction of not only being written by a woman but of having three female lead characters. Crimes of the Heart was adapted for film in1986 and garnered three Academy Award nominations. 

Products of a dysfunctional family prone to ugly problems, Meg, Babe and Lenny has each endured her share of trouble and misery. Terribly serious and also somehow hilarious, their troubles are highlighted by their stuffy cousin, Chick, and the awkward young attorney whose efforts to keep Babe from jail are complicated by his inability not to fall in love with her.

In a “Southern Gothic” atmosphere where laughter and craziness and love all come together, each of these three sisters faces her own “crimes of the heart.” This play is tough, tender and eccentric—like its characters-- and worthy of our attention.

Suggested for: Mature audiences

Students $12    Adults $25 

Produced by Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Directed by Sandy Ziviani



Generously sponsored by

Bob Scott and Tim McDonald

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Late seating is not guaranteed.
In respect for our performers and audience members, please refrain from wearing excessive fragrances or talking. 
Photography of any kind is prohibited in the theater during performances. 

“Crimes of the Heart” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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