The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart, will open at the Historic Pelzer Auditorium this Friday, January 18, and continue for three weekends through February 3. 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 oldest 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; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future. Crimes of the Heart is directed by Jay Briggs and features Katie Halstensgard, DeAnna Gregory, Emilie Bracchitta, Mary Katherine Sosebee, Kyle Thompson, and Aaron Pennington. Tickets are only $12, with discounts for seniors, military, and students, and can be purchased online at www.milltownplayers.org, by calling (864)947-8000, or at the door. The Historic Pelzer Auditorium is located at 214 Lebby Street in Pelzer.
Pictured (L to R) are Emilie Bracchitta, Katie Halstensgard, DeAnna Gregory. (Photo by Escobar Photography)