Department of Fine Arts
University Theatre Presents:
|The Francis Marion
Theatre's final mainstage production of the 2002-2003 season, to
run April 16-19, will be Crimes
of the Heart. Beth
Henley won the Pulitzer Prize as well as the New
York Critics Circle Award for this irreverent, warm-hearted portrayal
of three very different sisters struggling to make sense of their
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three McGrath 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 at thirty 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.
troubles, that are 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 to
true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the
mind long after the curtain has descended.
These three women learn to greet the tragic, absurd twists of
fate with courage, love and the
ultimate saving grace of laughter.
Lenny MaGrath - Jessica Willis
Chick - Aubrey Phillips
Meg MaGrath - Rachel Harrison
Doc Porter - David Sistare
Babe Botrelle - Christen Gilbert
Barnette Lloyd - Joey Webster
The Francis Marion University Theatre began the season with Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal and continued the season with the Experimental Theatre's series of Student Directed One-Act Plays. The winter production was Lanford Wilson's Book of Days.
Reservations for Crimes of the Heart may be made beginning April 7 by calling the box office at 661-1365. The box office will be open to reserve seats Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm. All tickets are free to the public. Curtain is at 8:00.
For additional information contact Mr. Gourley in FAC 222, 661-1536, email@example.com.
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in FAC 222, 661-1536, firstname.lastname@example.org.