The University of the Ozarks Theatre will present Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Crimes of the Heart," April 16, 17 and 18, in the Walton Fine Art Center's Seay Theatre.
The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17. A matinee performance will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. The play contains mature language.
Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the box office on the day of the show or online at www.ozarks.edu/theatre.
Written in 1978, "Crimes of the Heart" is a character study of three sisters, each attempting to discover her own identity. They collectively deal with family problems and individual challenges. The bizarre yet believable characters in Henley’s Southern gothic comedy struggle to deal with despair, loneliness, and failure. Black humor enables the MaGrath sisters to find meaning and happiness in life, even if it is only momentary.
The play opened on Broadway in November 1981 to great acclaim and won the 1981 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 1986 film adaptation was directed by Bruce Beresford and garnered three Academy Award nominations, including one for Henley for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The University Theatre cast includes, Annie Williams as Lenny, Jessica Jobst as Chick, Meghan Mansur as Meg, Phoebe Randle as Babe, James Allen as Barnette and John Davis as Doc.
Professor of Theatre Bruce B. Brown is the director and scenic designer, and Lucas Hoiland is the technical director and lightning designer. The stage manager is Utah Robertson, costume design is Lauren Charters, sound design is Kady Holmes, and graphic design is Sandra Davis. Other crew members include, Flynn Hudson, Houston Hall, Ariana Lujan, Lynda Browder, Darrick Conroy, Friedl Nugent, Theresa Greer and Brittany Oviedo.