Wittenberg Theatre Department Presents Crimes Of The Heart
Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance presents its first mainstage production of the 2011-12 academic year, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, directed by Corwin Georges, professor of theatre and dance and department chair. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 6-8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 909 Woodlawn Ave.
Set in Hazehurst, Miss., the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is dying in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, has been released from prison on bail after shooting her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave yet improbably hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helplessly falling in love with her. In the end, the play is a story is about escaping the past to seize the future.
Cast members include Laura Kay, class of 2012 from Cleveland, Ohio, as Lenny Magrath; Kate Stuard, class of 2014 from Cincinnati, Ohio, as Chick Boyle; Adam Paine, class of 2012 from Temperance, Mich., as Doc Porter; Hannah Blechman, class of 2012 from Fairfax Station, Va., as Meg Magrath; Krissy Hartman, class of 2013 from Strongsville, Ohio, as Babe Botrelle; and Ian Chadd, class of 2013 from Xenia, Ohio, as Barnette Lloyd.
Tickets cost $5 each – Wittenberg students receive one free ticket by presenting their ID card. Tickets go on sale in the Benham-Pence Student Center Service Center 10 days before the performances begin and one hour prior to each performance.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts