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'Crimes of the Heart' to Open
Dec. 2 at UW-Eau Claire

 MAILED:  Nov. 18, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's production of "Crimes of the Heart," a play written by Beth Henley, will premiere at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, in Kjer Theatre. Additional performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 4 and 8-11, and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, "Crimes of the Heart," teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young sisters betrayed by their passions. The scene is Hazlehurst , Mississippi , where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their dying grandfather. The oldest sister, Lenny, is thirty and unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, is back after a failed singing career in Hollywood; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their reunion causes much joy, but great tension at the same time.

Sophomore Melissa Briggs, Cottage Grove , Minn. , will play the role of Lenora Magrath, and senior Briana Hardyman, Darlington , will play the role of Meg. Junior Sarah Jo Waterman, Chippewa Falls , will play the role of Babe, and senior Deborah J. Selvig, Eau Claire , will play the role of Chick and is also the costume and makeup designer. Junior Aaron Loy, Rosemount , Minn. , will play the role of Barnette Lloyd, and senior Eric G. Traxler, Boyceville, will play the role of the Doc.

The production is directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor in music and theatre arts. Jody Sekas, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, is in charge of scenic and lighting design and Art Gulig is the technical director.

Sophomore Maja-Lena Akerblom, Shorewood, is the stage manager and senior Paul Bleier, Wautoma, is the props designer.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $9 for the general public; $7 for those 62 and older; $6 for those 17 and younger and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff with a university ID; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students with a university ID.

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Updated: November 16, 2004