Salida’s Stage Left Theatre will produce Crimes of the Heart on October10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and October 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the SteamPlant Event Center Theater.
Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Written by former actress, Beth Henley, to great acclaim, winning both the 1981 Drama Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, Crimes of the Heart is a timeless and powerful story of family, small town relationships, and personal loss and romance. Somehow, comic relief is woven throughout. The Magrath family comes together around their youngest sister’s crime of passion and the dying patriarch, Granddaddy, who is never seen in the play. It is revealed to us that each sister’s life is fraught with past trauma, loss and dreams. Each sister finds her own voice, however, once the love and support of the others is made clear. It was made into a major feature film in 1986 starring Cissy Spacek, Diane Keaton and Jessica Lange. Stage Left’s production is directed by Jan Justis.
The New York Times stated “While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.” (New York Times)
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and can be purchased online atstagelefttheatre.eventbrite.