URI Theatre presents Crimes of the Heart, opens Feb. 20

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KINGSTON, RI — February 14, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island Theatre Department will present Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that is described as a darkly comic family feud.

The show will be staged Feb. 20 through 22 and Feb. 27 to March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Feb. 23 and Mar. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Robert E. Will Theatre in the URI Fine Arts Center on the Kingston Campus. General admission is $20, $15 for seniors, URI faculty/staff, and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 401.874.5843 or online at web.uri.edu/theatre.

“Crimes of the Heart” tells the tale of the three MacGrath sisters from Hazelhurst, Miss., who are at a crossroads in their lives. The play takes us on a journey in which Lenny, the eldest sister who is about to turn 30, Meg, the middle sister who is home after an unsuccessful try at a singing career, and Babe, the youngest who just shot her husband, must overcome the legacy of self-destruction stemming from their mother’s earlier suicide. With the help of the men who love them and their own better natures, the sisters reunite with love in this quirky, laugh-out-loud comedy.

The URI production is directed by Bryna Wortman, associate professor, (Much Ado About Nothing, Marvin’s Room, The Sea Gull, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), costume design is by Marilyn Salvatore, guest artist, set design is by Steven V. Wilson, senior design major, lighting is by Christian Wittwer, associate professor, and sound design is by Mike Hyde, guest artist.


Julia Bartoletti of Charton, Mass. as Meg

Daren DeFrank of West Hartford, Conn., as Lenny

Benjamin Miller of Barrington, R.I., as Doc Porter

Stephen Peterson of Torrington, Conn., as Barnette Lloyd

Catherine Poirier of Woodstock, Conn., as Chick

Devin Vietri of Narragansett, R.I., as Babe


Randi Lynn Budlong of Middletown, R.I., as Babe

Ben Church of East Providence, R.I., as Doc

Amaris J. Gagnon of Agawam, Mass., as Meg

Philip Ryng of North Kingstown, R.I., as Barnette Lloyd

Emma Sacchetti of Norwalk, Conn., as Chick

Lauren Ashley Thiele of North Muskegon, Mich., as Lenny

Pictured above

Meet the MacGrath sisters: Lenny (Daren DeFrank of West Hartford, Conn.) who shows little patience with Meg (Julia Bartlett of Charton, Mass.)

Hot Stuff: Lenny (Daren DeFrank of West Hartford, Conn.) pours coffee for Doc Porter (Benjamin Miller of Barrington, R.I.) who is politely waiting for her younger sister.

A Healthy Visit? Julia Bartoletti of Charton, Mass. as Meg with Benjamin Miller of Barrington, R.I., as Doc Porter.

URI Theatre photos by Randy Osga. More images are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/uritoday/sets/72157640891490593/