Friday, February 8, 2008

'Crimes of the Heart' Staged at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Drama will present Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Crimes of the Heart" at the Norman James Theatre on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 20-22, at 8 p.m.

At the core of this enduringly popular comedy-drama are the three Magrath sisters. They're reuniting at the ancestral home in Mississippi when the youngest sister shoots her abusive husband.

The trio was raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments, and each has endured her share of hardship and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they're forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives.

Rising from regional-circuit obscurity to off-Broadway to Broadway, "Crimes of the Heart" became a runaway success, garnering a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play of the 1980-81 season, in addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 1986 film version earned three Academy Award nominations, included a Best Adapted Screenplay nod to playwright Henley.

The upcoming Washington College production, directed by Professor of Drama Timothy Maloney, features Aileen Brenner, Marielle Latrick and Dorothy Johnson as the Magrath sisters. Also in the cast are Katie Skarwecki, Phil Doccolo and Bobby Bangert.

Admission to "Crimes of the Heart" is $5 for the general public and $3 for Washington College students. Reservations are recommended; call 410/778-7835 or

February 8, 2008

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