"Crimes of the Heart"
CRIMES OF THE HEART is Beth Henley’s comedy about the McGrath sisters, and the way the family is drawn together on “…a bad day. A real bad day.” The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three sisters are reunited to give support to sister, Babe, who’s been charged with shooting her husband. Lenny, the eldest 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. Babe, the youngest sibling is out on bail after shooting her lawyer husband, Zachary, in the stomach because “I just didn’t like his looks.”
Their grave, yet somehow hilarious troubles are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick; by Barnett, the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of prison and by Meg’s old boyfriend, Doc. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
How to prepare for your audition:
-Scripts are available at the Crandall Library from Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Tuesday, Jan 16 for a 3-day sign out at the information desk.
-Auditions will be done individually with the casting committee.
-Wednesday January 17th, 7PM - General Meeting - at The Wood Theater
-Thursday January 18th, 7PM - Auditions - at The Wood Theater
-The show will be performed March 2,3, and 4, 2018
Casting 4 women and 2 men. All characters have a Southern dialect.
LENNY: 30; the oldest sister and the one who has remained at home to care for their Grandfather; still single; plain; low self-esteem but a loving, warm, caring sibling.
MEG: 27; the sister who went off to L.A. to become famous but whose dreams are still unfulfilled; attractive; spontaneous; still a flirt; likes to stir things up.
BABE: 24; the youngest sister and the one who creates the play’s drama when she shoots her lawyer husband in the stomach because, as she says, “I just didn’t like his looks”; perky; optimistic; affectionate; a bit naïve.
CHICK BOYLE: 25-35; Cousin to the McGrath sisters; lives next door; a nosy busybody who thrives on gossip.
DOC PORTER: 30; Meg’s old boyfriend; laid back; warm; has a slightly brooding attractiveness; honest; a nice guy.
BARNETT LLOYD: 27-30; a bright young lawyer; makes up in energy for what he lacks in experience; might have a bit of a crush on Babe; very likable; has a vendetta against Babe’s husband.
Meet the director - Terry Rabine:
Terry is the Producer of the Lake Theatre where he has directed productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Southern Comforts, Lake Effect, Skin Deep, Our Son’s Wedding, Over the Tavern, Old Love, Remember Me?, Power Play and A Bench in the Sun among others. Other directing credits include Charles Ludlam’s Reverse Psychology for The Northeast Theatre in Scranton, Steel Magnolias for The Leatherstocking Theatre in Cooperstown, and Macbeth, Lend Me A Tenorand The Nerd for Home Made Theater in Saratoga. Terry’s onstage credits include Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible, Glengarry Glen Ross and You Can’t Take It With You with Capital Rep. Other credits include Whose Life Is It Anyway, Sleuth, Biloxi Blues, I’m Not Rappaport and A Christmas Carol with Wilford Brimley. While living and working in New York City he appeared in the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Bowne’s controversial drama, Beirut, with the New Federal Theatre under the direction of Woody King Jr., and on daytime’s Guiding Light and All My Children.