Cumberland University


Phoenix Players to Present 'Crimes of the Heart'

Cumberland University's Phoenix Players will present Beth Henly's "Crimes of the Heart" at the June & Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center on the CU campus from Thursday, Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 24.

The play, a Tony Award winner and a 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner, tells the story of three sisters who reunite at their childhood home in Missouri after their grandfather falls ill. Once there, they are faced with trials new and old that ultimately bring them closer together, according to Dr. Larry T. Menefee, professor of speech and theatre at Cumberland University.

"Crimes of the Heart" was also produced as a feature film in 1986, garnering a number of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. The film starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek, who won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her performance in the film. "Crimes of the Heart" is currently being directed off-Broadway by acclaimed actress, producer and director Kathleen Turner.

For the Cumberland University production, Charlie Hodge will portray Lenny Magrath; Helen Libanan will take on the role of Babe Magrath, and Chelsea Hochradel will portray Meg Magrath. Jeremy Jenkins will appear as Doc Porter; Megan Hunt will portray Chick, and Jack Yatsko will appear in the role of Lloyd Barnett.

Show times are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 21-23 and for 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and children age 12 and under. CU students, faculty, staff and CUFAC (Cumberland University Fine Arts Council) members will be admitted free of charge with a valid University ID.