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'Crimes of the Heart' staged in Mulitiform Theatre

Oct. 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Celebrating its 100th season, University Theatre at Western Michigan University presents seven performances of "Crimes of the Heart," Thursday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 29.

Performances in the Multiform Theatre begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21 and 26-28, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

"Crimes of the Heart" is the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of the three Magrath sisters and their dysfunctional family reunion. Still in the aftershock of their mother's well-publicized suicide, Meg, the unsuccessful singer and still-rebellious wild-child; Lenny, the oldest child and caretaker of their ailing grandfather; and Babe, fresh out of jail after shooting her husband in the stomach, all gather at the family home to plan Babe's legal strategy and celebrate Lenny's 30th birthday.

Set in Hazlehurst, Miss., amidst the pecans, poundcake and lemonade of the Deep South, "Crimes of the Heart" ran for 535 performances on Broadway and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New American Play as well as a Tony Award nomination.

University Theatre's production of "Crimes of the Heart" is directed by theatre faculty member James Daniels. The cast includes Brooks Applegate, Amanda Cowper, Catherine Dildilian, Ryan Guess, Jillian Kurtz and Jillian Rea. The creative team includes Laura Williams, stage manager, Benjamin Saint O. Louis, scenic designer, Julia Kosanovich, costume designer, Samantha Soska, lighting designer, Brenna C. Cronin, assistant director, and Rachel Higgins, vocal and dialect coach.

Tickets for University Theatre productions can be purchased by calling (269) 387-6222 or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office weekdays between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Senior citizens and WMU students, faculty and staff and senior citizens receive discounts on the regular ticket price of $17 each.

For more information on the University Theatre season, visit www.wmich.edu/theatre.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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