The Studio Theatre’s production of Crimes of the Heart on stage this week introduces two promising young actors, high school student Kalysta Szauer who plays the accused Babe Botrelle and Oren Barter, who is better known in the lakecity for his musical talents, and takes to the stage for the first time as lawyer Barnette Lloyd.
Set in the early 1970s in an old Mississippi family home, the play brings three sisters, with three very different lives, together as their grandfather is dying.
“With some good, old-fashioned family dynamics, the sisters laugh and cry together as they rediscover each other and their true strength as a family,” says director Colleen Crossley.
“The play opens with the youngest sister Babe (Kalysta Szauer) having just shot her husband because she ‘didn’t like his looks.’”
Middle sister Meg (Kathy MacDonald) comes home to find everything the same and everything different and her old boyfriend Doc Porter (Shane Tollefson) married with two children.
The oldest and long-suffering sister Lenny (Juli Harland) is coaxed into doing things she’s never done and cousin Chick (Stacey Poirier), their critical cousin, just keeps stirring the pot.
Crimes of the Heart is on stage at the Studio Theatre, May 2 to 5 and May 9 to 12 and May 17 for the festival.
Tickets are available at About Face Photography.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the shows start at 8 p.m. at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre at Glendale Elementary School.