'Crimes of the Heart' opens March 1 at WWCC

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"Crimes of the Heart," a 1981 Pulitzer Prize- and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning comedy by Beth Henley, will open 7 p.m. March 1 at Walla Walla Community College's China Pavilion, 500 Tausick Way.

Presented by the WWCC Theatre Arts Program, it is a touching, funny play about three eccentric sisters from the small southern town of Hazelhurst, Miss. They're rocked by scandal when Babe, the youngest sister, shoots her husband.

It stars three actresses who portray the high-strung sisters, Lenny (Stacie Trego), Meg (Candace Brown) and Babe (Courtney Bruner).

The sisters gather at Lenny's home on her birthday. Humor and suffering abound as they reunite around these troubling circumstances. Their reunion causes as much joy as tension, as each character deals in unusual ways with a painful past.

The tension is exacerbated by the meddling and opinionated local relative Chick Boyle (Becky Byrd); a now married but past love interest of both Lenny and Meg named Doc Porter (Kyle Finn); and a young lawyer, Lloyd Barnett (John Boone), who is intent on rescuing Babe from a murder charge as well as seeking his own personal revenge.

Kevin Loomer, WWCC Drama Department director/instructor, chose this play because of the great range of opportunities it brings to actors.

"It will make an audience laugh, cry, and perhaps even think about why we make those often irrational decisions that come more from our hearts than our heads," said Loomer, who is directing the production.

Curtain is 7 p.m. March 2-3 and 8-10 and 2 p.m. on March 4.

Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to curtain or at the WWCC Bookstore, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $6 for seniors and students. For more details, call 527-4575.

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