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October 27, 2013

'Crimes of the Heart' auditions Monday and Tuesday

MERIDIAN —     Auditions for Mississippi native Beth Henley's tragic comedy "Crimes of the Heart" will be held Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Meridian Little Theatre.

    Performance dates are scheduled for Dec. 5-11 at the Highway 39 North playhouse.

    The Pulitzer Prize winning play is about the three McGrath sisters – Meg, Babe and Lenny – who reunite at old granddady’s home in Hazlehurst after Babe shoots her abusive husband.

    The trio were raised in a dysfunctional family with a penchant for ugly predicaments and each has endured her share of hardships and misery. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they are forced to deal with assorted relatives and relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of “the crimes of the heart” she has committed. The play also includes two male characters, Doc Porter and Barnette Lloyd.

    Those auditioning will be asked to read from various cuttings from the script. While it is unnecessary to come both nights, persons auditioning may be asked to do a “call back” to read again at a later time. 

    To work backstage, a sign-up sheet will be available both nights.

    For more information, call the MLT office at (601) 482-6371 or go online meridianlittletheatre.com

    Following are character descriptions:

Lenora (Lenny) Magrath

    Lenny, at the age of 30, is the oldest of the three sisters. Her sisters have forgotten her birthday, only adding to her feeling of rejection. Lenny is frustrated after years of carrying heavy burdens of responsibility. Most recently, she has been caring for Old Granddaddy, sleeping on a cot in the kitchen to be near him.

    Lenny loves her sisters but is also jealous of them, especially Meg, whom she feels received preferential treatment during their upbringing. Meg has been surrounded by men all her life, while Lenny has feared rejection from the opposite sex and become withdrawn as a result. She fears continuing the one romantic relationship, with a man named Charlie Hill from Memphis, which has gone well for her in recent years.

    While almost continuously pushed beyond the point of frustration, Lenny nevertheless has a close bond of loyalty with her sisters. The sisters' cousin Chick is constantly criticizing the family (culminating in her calling Meg a "low-class tramp"); when Lenny is finally pushed to the point that she turns on her cousin, chasing her out of the house with a broom.     This is an important turning point in the play by demonstrating the ultimate strength of family bonds - and their social value – in Henley's play.

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