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"Crimes of the Heart" Cast Announced - OWC Fall Theater Production Set For October 17 to 20

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

8/27/07 - NICEVILLE --- The cast for Okaloosa-Walton College's theatrical production of the comedy "Crimes of the Heart" has been announced. The show is set for the Sprint Theater at the OWC Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center on October 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and October 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Called "warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative", the play is filled with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. Tickets; $15 for adults and $10 for youth, are available starting September 4 at the OWC box office at 729-6000 or in-person Monday to Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m.; except holidays.

In the role of sister "Lenny" is Alicia Leonard of DeFuniak Springs. Rachel Hoskins of Fort Walton Beach portrays "Meg", while the third sister "Babe" is played by Joleigh Jarvis of Niceville. The role of "Chick" is played by Nalia Bauer of Crestview, while Bruce Culpepper of DeFuniak Springs plays "Doc" and Doug Bagnall of Eglin AFB plays "Barnette".

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, "Crimes of the Heart" was initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established its author, Beth Henley, as a major voice in theatre. "While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake," wrote the New York Times about the play.

Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, "Crimes of the Heart" centers on the three Magrath sisters who have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach.

Their troubles; grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the futurebut the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

OWC's Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division annually produces two theatrical performances in the Sprint Theater; the smaller, more intimate of the two theater halls at the OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Seating is limited and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. The arts complex is located on the college's Niceville campus at 100 College Blvd.