Chattanooga Now Ensemble Theatre opens 'Crimes of the Heart'

Chattanooga Now Ensemble Theatre opens 'Crimes of the Heart'

October 12th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

Monica Rollins Woodlief plays Lenny.

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If you go

› What: “Crimes of the Heart”

› Where: Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, 5705 Uptain Road

› When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Oct. 13-14 and 20-21; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 15 and 22

› Admission: $10 and $15

› For more information: 423-987-5141

Jennifer Arbogast Wilson is Meg in "Crimes of the Heart."

Jennifer Arbogast Wilson is Meg in "Crimes of...

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

"Crimes of the Heart," the play by Beth Henley that won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be presented in six performances by Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga beginning Friday, Oct. 13.

Set in the sweltering backdrop of Hazlehurst, Miss., the Magrath sisters are grieving the loss of their mother, who took her own life and the life of their family cat.

Lenny, played by Monica Woodlief in this production, is faced with the onset of her 30th year while still single and lacking any direction in her life.

Meg, played by Jennifer Arbogast Wilson, has returned to Hazlehurst not quite the famous singer she always thought she would be.

Casey Keelen is cast as Babe, whose new marriage has ended in a literal hail of gunfire.

Though each sister is drowning in a mess of her own, they somehow manage to create a bond and support system that may be strong enough to hold their whirlwind of a family together.

Rounding out the cast is Ashley Burkhart as Chick, Eric "Red" Wyatt as Doc and Edward LaGuardia as Barnette.

Director Deborah Meeks describes the production as "multifaceted."

"Yes, it is about those 'crimes of the heart' that, when left unattended, send us on a downward spiral of self-destruction," says Meeks. "But it is also, most certainly, about overcoming. It is about identity and self-worth. It is about relationships and what binds us together."

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