Memphis- Christian Brothers University (CBU) will open its 2010-2011 theater season with Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart in the University Theater, November 4-7. An opening reception will follow after the performance Thursday, November 4 and the audience is encouraged to stay and enjoy the cast members serving dessert featured in the play.
A fixture in community theater repertoire, Crimes of the Heart is an American classic. Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in 1974, the play revolves around the lives of three sisters who are brought back together after a lengthy absence by a surprising incident involving their younger sister. But this play is not a tragedy; it is a warm-hearted look at a family surviving society and themselves. The sisters understand unconditional love and know how to laugh at heartrending circumstances in order to get through the bad days.
It is difficult to pull a synopsis out of director Matthew Hamner because the characters’ pasts are revealed via gossip. “I don’t want to spoil for the audiences what is going to happen next,” stated Hamner. “Besides, all stories are exciting because they contain a mystery element.”
Show times for Crimes of the Heart are Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. There will be no show on Saturday. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $1 for CBU students and faculty members. Tickets will be sold at the door, no reserved seating. For additional information, contact Matthew Hamner at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 321-3026. ###