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303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
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At the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street N, Issaquah, WA 98027
Box Office: (425) 392-2202 | Admin: (425) 392-1942


Crimes of the Heart

CRIMES OF THE HEART

By Beth Henley


It's 1974 in rural Mississippi, and Babe Magrath is having a bad day. She didn't like the way her husband looked, and so…she shot him. Needless to say, he's not too happy about it. Now out on bail, Babe reunites with her two sisters to make sense of their most recent misfortunes. Meg is back from a failed career in the music industry. Lenny is lamenting her forgotten 30th birthday. Their mother is dead, and so is the cat, and so too, nearly, is Granddaddy—not to mention their horse, who has just been hit by lightning. But not all is bad, and the sisters find plenty to laugh about as they navigate the troubled world they may or may not have brought upon themselves.

Crimes of the Heart is Beth Henley's brilliant dark comedy, called "a pure vein of Southern gothic humor" by The New York Times. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Henley later adapted the story into a film starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. Now, three talented local actresses step into the roles of the eccentric Magrath sisters under the affectionate direction of Kathryn Van Meter (Mary Poppins). Don't miss this charming and hilarious portrait of women in the South and the crimes of the heart that can only be shared between sisters.

January 21 — February 28, 2016
March 4 — 27, 2016 in Everett

Showtimes:
Select Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 8:00 PM
Saturdays at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM


Preview Performance: January 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM
ASL Interpreted Performance: February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Post-Show Discussion: February 23, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes including intermission. (3 acts: 15 minute intermission between act 1 and 2, 5 minutes break between act 2 and 3)

Know Before You Go: Download the Performance Preview Guide »


  • Fun Facts about Crimes of the Heart
    • Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1981 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, and the 1982 Theatre World Award. In addition, it was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play.

    • Author Beth Henley grew up in Mississippi with three sisters and has stated that her own experiences influenced the story of Crimes of the Heart.

    • The 1986 movie of the same name had a screenplay that was also penned by Beth Henley and starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay.

    In Crimes of the Heart, there are an unusual amount of "consumable" props – that is, props that need to be replaced every show. When Meg eats an apple on stage, it's merely an apple to our audience – but to our props department, it's one of 79 apples used through the course of the run. That amounts to a lot of ongoing preparation!

    Here are a few of the consumable props in Crimes of the Heart, by the numbers:

    • 2844 matches
    • 2607 birthday candles
    • 948 chocolates
    • 158 lemons
    • 79 packets of oatmeal
    • 79 newspapers
    • 79 cakes
  • Cast

    *The Actors and Stage Managers are members of the Actor's Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

    Sydney Andrews

    Babe
    Sydney Andrews*

    Robert Bergin

    Barnette
    Robert Bergin

    Orion Bradshaw

    Doc
    Orion Bradshaw

    Angela DiMarco

    Chick
    Angela DiMarco

    Brenda Joyner

    Meg
    Brenda Joyner

    Rhonda J. Soikowski

    Lenny
    Rhonda J. Soikowski


    Understudies
    Emily Cawley

    Babe
    Emily Cawley

    Jonelle Jordan

    Meg/Chick
    Jonelle Jordan

    Carol Louise Thompson

    Lenny
    Carol Louise Thompson

    Evan Whitfield

    Doc/Barnette
    Evan Whitfield

  • Gallery
  • Video
  • Press
    Miryam's Theatre Musings

    "The oldest sister, Lenny, played with a heart-rending neediness by Rhonda J. Soikowski, is celebrating her 30th birthday, alone and depressed, when her beautiful and vivacious sister Meg (Brenda Joyner) breezes in, having failed to achieve the stardom she expected in California but willing to lie about her success. Soon Babe, the youngest, arrives, out on bail for having shot her husband. Sydney Andrews gives Babe all the emotional immaturity the script demands, complete with cloying dimwittedness." Seattle Times

    Miryam's Theatre Musings

    "It’s easy to see why women actors love playing the characters in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Strong actors are cast in the Village Theatre production. The women get to have all kinds of emotion and demonstrate their familial bonds and struggles." Miryam's Theatre Musings

    The Eastside Scene

    "'Henley sets all her plays in the South,' Van Meter said. 'I think there is an attraction to the heightened, genteel language. This has been one of my favorite projects I've ever worked on.'" The Eastside Scene

    The Examiner

    "Intimately set, stripped down, dark, comedic" Issaquah Press

    The Examiner

    "The production is brilliantly staged, providing the audience with space to empathize with these regular yet strange folks while not taking them too seriously." Examiner

    Drama in the Hood

    "While Crimes of the Heart is no evening of light comedy it is an evening of solid entertainment. By act III…I had truly come to care about these three troubled sisters." Drama in the Hood

    The Eastside Scene

    "The first-time Village actresses bring depth to their characters with each twist and turn … 'Crimes' shows its strength in the way the Magrath sisters play off each other and grow as a family greater than its individual parts." The Eastside Scene

    "…audience members who see a prop will go, ‘Oh my god, I remember when my mom’s kitchen or grandmother’s kitchen had that in the ’70s.’" The Issaquah Press

  • Single Ticket Prices

    Ticket Prices

    General Senior Youth
    Section
    A
    B
    A
    B
    A
    B
    Sat Mat / Sat Eve / Sun Mat
    $68
    $53
    $64
    $49
    $56
    $41
    Tue Eve / Wed Eve / Thu Mat /
    Thu Eve / Fri Eve / Sun Eve
    $63
    $48
    $59
    $44
    $51
    $36
    Preview
    $55
    $40
    $55
    $40
    $55
    $40

    * Youth 18 & Under | Senior 65 & Older

    Seating Chart

    Numbered Seating Chart

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