Imperial Artistry in association with Red Line Productions is thrilled to present the award-winning masterpiece Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley for a limited season at the Old Fitz Theatre from March 15.
It would be easy to simply describe Beth Henley’s witty and character-driven play Crimes of the Heart as a wistful tragicomedy about the lives and loves of three sisters brought back together by an horrific act of violence. However, by setting the play five years after Hurricane Camille — a catastrophic category five disaster that fell on Mississippi in 1969 — Henley has also allowed classic Southern Gothic tropes to permeate the story of these funny, frightened and brave women.
Babe has shot her husband and, whether they’re prepared for it or not, her sisters Lenny and Meg find themselves standing right beside her in the eye of the storm. They must confront head-on the grief, abandonment and botched attempts at stardom that have wrenched them apart. Old loves return, relationships are tested and society is unforgiving. In the end it all comes down to how hard they’re willing to fight for each other.
Janine Watson (Dolores, Three Sisters), winner of the prestigious 2016 Sandra Bates Directors Award, directs a cast of talented and experienced actors including Caleb Alloway (The History Boys, Home and Away), Rowan Davie (Infinity Taster, Angels in America), Amanda McGregor (The Crucible, Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories), Laura Pike (Holding the Man, Hoges), Renae Small (Mary: The Making of a Princess, When the Rain Stops Falling) and Amy Usherwood (Away, Shortland Street).
Winning the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Crimes of the Heart was also nominated in the same year for the Tony Award for Best Play and in 1986 was adapted into a multi-Academy Award nominated film starring Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange.
CRIMES OF THE HEART
15 March – 8 April
Tues-Sat 8:15pm, Sunday 6:30pm
$42 adult, $35 concession, $30 previews and cheap Tuesday
Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Janine Watson
Cast: Caleb Alloway, Rowan Davie, Amanda McGregor, Laura Pike, Renae Small and Amy Usherwood
Set and Costume Design by Jonathan Hindmarsh
Lighting Design by Alexander Berlage
Stage Management by Lachlan McNab