Babe Magrath has just shot her husband. She was aiming for his heart, but to her dismay, she got him in the stomach. The Magrath women are once again making front page news in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, to the exasperation of their bossy cousin Chick. As the Magraths reunite to deal with their newest tragedy, their secrets start bubbling to the surface. With as much humour as pathos, Beth Henley weaves a beautiful portrait of three unconventional sisters and the love that unites them.
Directed by Laura McLean, the cast includes Joanna Williams, Melanie Reich, Jordan Kerbs, Christine Bortolin, Andrew Lynch and Jay Clift. Set and Costume Design by Laura Fukomoto, Lighting Design by Nicole Weismiller and Sound Design by Jay Clift. Stage Management by Shelley Stein-Wotten and Assistant Stage Management by Anthony Castiglioni.
Written over 30 years ago, Crimes of the Heart still stands out as one of the most nuanced and heart-wrenching depictions of sisterhood ever written for the stage. Gender disparity onstage and off continues to be an issue today; even more so when Beth Henley wrote this play in 1980. The women seen in this play are flawed but powerful and refreshingly real. Bright Young Theatre, a creative team of all women, is delighted to bring forward and produce this ground- breaking play that has been an inspiration to generations of female artists.
Bright Young Theatre was formed in 2012 by UBC Alumni Christine Bortolin, Jordan Kerbs, Melanie Reich, Ashley Noyes and Joanna Williams. BYT’s first production was Miss Cosmos: The 53rd Annual Intergalactic Space Bride Competition in the Vancouver Fringe Festival, which was written, directed and produced by the members of BYT.
Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Little Mountain Gallery, March 30th – April 3rd and April 8th- 10th 2016. http://crimesbyt.brownpapertickets.com and at the door
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