Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

  • Date: February 16th, 2023 - February 18th, 2023
  • Every day
  • Location: Climenhaga Building, Poorman Black Box Theatre
  • Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Cost: Tickets:$10—Adults $7—MU Students (w/ID), MU Employees (w/ID), Youth (under 18); Seniors (60+) *Tickets are Buy-One-Get-One Free for Opening Night!* For Tickets:, 717-691-6036, or at the door as available

Crimes of the Heart

Written By Beth Henley
Directed by Ed Cohn

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the eldest, never left Hazelhurst -- she is the caretaker of the sisters' cantanherous Old Granddaddy. Meg, the middle sister, left home to pursue stardom as a singer in Los Angeles, but has, so far, only found happinessat the bottom of a bottle. And Babe, the youngest, has just been arrested for the murder of her abusive husband, Zachary Bottrelle. Their troubles, grave yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail. Under the scorching heat of the Mississippi sun, past resentments bubble to the surface and each sister must come to terms with the consequences of her own "crimes of the heart."

Feb. 16-18, 8 p.m. and 18-19, 3 p.m.
Climenhaga Building, Poorman Back Box Theater

Full program available here

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