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ULM School of VAPA presents Crimes of the Heart, Feb. 22-25

Published February 14, 2024

Crimes of the Heart

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WHAT: ULM School of VAPA presents Crimes of the Heart 

WHEN: February 22, 23, & 24 at 7:30 p.m.; February 25 at 2:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Spyker Theater, 3803 Desiard St. 

TICKETS: ULM students: free; ULM faculty/staff: $5; General Admission: $10 Available at the door or at                                         Eventbrite.  

MONROE, LA The University of Louisiana Monroe School of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to present Crimes of the Heart, a 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, in production on February 22-25. Crimes of Heart will be presented at the Helen Spyker Theater, 3803 Desiard St. on the ULM campus. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. on February 22, 23, and 24, and there will be a 2:00 p.m. performance on Sunday, February 25. Admission is free for ULM students. Tickets are $5 for ULM faculty and staff and general admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door prior to each performance or in advance on Eventbrite. 

Crimes of the Heart was written by Beth Henley. The play revolves around the three Magrath sisters as they come together to try to figure out how to save the youngest, Babe, who has been arrested for shooting her husband. They also try to figure out how to save each other as a family, find themselves again, and try to get out from under their overbearing Granddaddy. 

“I am truly excited to make my ULM Directing debut with Crimes of the Heart", said Director, Steven Burnside. “It has been a joy working with this group of student actors for the first time in this role. I can't wait to bring this story to you, as an audience, and take you on a journey through the lives of the Magrath family in the small town of Hazelhurst, Mississippi.” 

This show is considered to be a dark comedy. While it is warm-hearted and quite funny in many moments, it deals with many serious subjects such as suicide, abuse, both mental and physical, alcoholism, and relationships. Each character commits their own "crime of the heart" at some point, as we all do, whether we realize it or not. What matters is how we react and deal with that crime, for ourselves as well as those around us. 

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Louisiana Monroe aims to provide students with the highest level of arts education, research and educational opportunities to majors and minors. VAPA aims to offer curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities to students enrolled at ULM, as well as provide cultural activities, special events and performances for university, local and area communities. VAPA at ULM offers degrees in various disciplines in art and music as well as experiences in dance and theatre. For more information, visit ulm.edu/vapa.