Kelowna Actors Studio, presents Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award winning play, Crimes of the Heart, Oct. 15 thru Nov. 1.
It’s Mississippi, 1974. Somebody has shot the meanest man in town, and everybody’s saying it was Babe, his sweet little wife. Lucky for everyone, Babe has terrible aim.
With her husband in the hospital and her lawyer blinded by a vendetta of his own, it’s up to Babe and her sisters to set things right. With Meg back in town after a failed attempt in the music business including a nervous breakdown, and poor Lenny – everyone having forgotten her 30th birthday…and, her pet horse being struck by lightning! Bad luck runs deep in the MaGrath clan.
Crimes of the Heart is like the perfect glass of lemonade. It’s sweet, tart, and refreshing—a quirky Southern comedy complete with a town gossip, a redneck thug, a sexy handyman and three sisters who would do anything for each other. Warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments ensue.
Crimes of the Heart is brought to life by an ensemble featuring six of the area’s most accomplished comic actors and gifted newcomers:
Dorothy Dalba (Lenny) is an award winning actress who has performed in several Kelowna Actors Studio productions, including The Miracle Worker, Diary of Anne Frank and Godspell.
Laura Benty (Meg) was last seen at Actors Studio in The Music Man as Eulalie Mackeknie Shinn. Her other credits include Shrek-The Musical, Company and Les Miserables. She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
Shanelle Connell (Babe) – One of the leading actors in Actors Studio’s Adult Master classes, Shanelle’s talent has brought her to main stage productions such as, The Cat in the Hat (also directed by Margaret Gobie) and The Music Man. She currently is studying graphic design and web development while juggling her acting passion.
Shawn Purves (Barnette Lloyd) is no stranger to our audiences. He is the master of many character roles in such Actors Studio productions as The Music Man, Shrek-The Musical, 9 to 5, Miracle on 34th Street and the coveted role of the ‘Cat’ in The Cat In The Hat.
Andrew Zender (Doc) makes his Actors Studio debut. A University of British Columbia theatre grad he is a leading actor from Penticton, His most recent credits include, Boeing Boeing, Les Miserables and Much Ado about Nothing.
Tamara Ross (Chick) also makes her debut at Kelowna Actors Studio. Past shows include Charlottes Web, Calendar Girls, A Christmas Carol and The Government Inspector Hound.
Directing the production is Margaret Gobie, who looks forward to taking a fresh look at a contemporary classic. ‘“It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion”, she commented, ‘“Its about the human need to talk about our lives and still be able to laugh at everything life throws at us. That’s what makes this show so extraordinary and entertaining!”
The creative team for Crimes of the Heart includes many longtime Actors Studio collaborators: Mike Nordlund (scenic designer) has designed sets for a number of Studio productions, Hazel Rodgers is resident costume designer: Randy Leslie (Artistic Director/Producer/Lighting Designer) returns to Kelowna Actors Studio for his 76th production; Jordan Leboe creates the sound design and stage manager is Janet Anderson.
Kelowna Actors Studio is at 1379 Ellis St. in Kelowna. Call 250-862-2867.