Crimes of the Heart' at En­sem­ble Theatre of Chattanooga.

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“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 a nd Ed­ward LaGuardia as Bar­nette.

Dire ct o r 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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion: en­sem­blethe­atre­ofchat­tanooga.com

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mon­ica Rollins Woodlief plays Lenny.

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