I’ve loved CRIMES OF THE HEART ever since I first read it years ago and it has always been my hope to someday direct it. CRIMES is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking as three “quirky” young women in a small southern town struggle to escape the future preordained by the notoriety that defined their youth.
A notoriety that that they neither asked for or deserved, leaving them outcasts in their own home town. The women that Beth Henley has drawn in this play make us smile and touch our hearts as they try to deal with the crimes that they have suffered and perpetrated. They look for a better tomorrow, but they just can’t seem to catch a break or find the key that will allow them to escape their history.
CRIMES is one of those rare plays where every character is interesting, multi-layered, funny and human. My CRIMES cast has been amazing. Open, engaged, honest, and fun. I am in awe of each and every one of them. Our marvleous set, designed by Ron Kremptz is a true seventh character in the play, creating the complex, cheery, and also oppressive home of the unseen old Granddaddy. The properties and set dressing by Maureen Schuenstuhl offer so much detail and richness that one can watch the show multiple times and still discover new surprises. Harrison Moye's lighitng and Richard Banghart's sound complete the picture, bringing the looks and sounds deep south to the RVP Barn stage.
Beth Henley was 27 when she won the Pulizter Prize for CRIMES. The humor allows us to laugh at the foibles and faults of the Mcgrath sisters, but for young adults in their 20’s and 30’s, sorting out one’s past and finding one’s way is not easy. They need to know that things do not always get better, and problems do not get solved overnight. But if they can just hold on and remember to laugh and to love, then there can be understanding, and hope, and change. CRIMES OF THE HEART is for anyone who has ever had a really, really bad day.