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CU to present 'Crimes of the Heart'

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Cumberland University's spring theater production will be the tragicomedy "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley, which will run March 2 through 5 at the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center.

Set in small-town Mississippi, the play is about three sisters who have gathered to say goodbye to the family patriarch. The New York Times described the play as, "A little bit Chekhov and a little bit Eudora Welty, it tells a twangy story of three Southern sisters loving, feuding and fussing through a very bad day."

"Crimes of the Heart" won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

Directed by CU Theater Instructor Chris Byrd and presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., the cast features Sam Roddam as Lenny Magrath, Emma Brown as Meg Magrath, Kayla Rice as Babe Botrelle, Joy Shearer as Chick Boyle, Austin Reeves as Barnette Lloyd and Austin Kemp as Doc Porter.

Admission is free, and no reservations are needed. Performances on March 2, 3 and 4 begin at 7 p.m.; the March 5 performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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