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Crimes of the Heart

By: Hope Menken

 As the fall 2023 theater season comes to an end, the HSU Theatre Department is still busy preparing to present to you their final show.


Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley. Set in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, this play follows Lenny, Meg and Babe Magrath who are waiting on news of their declining grandfather as he lives out the last few hours of his life. It will be showing Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Van Ellis Theater Tickets are free for HSU students, faculty and staff. Tickets for children and any discounted tickets are $5 and $7 for adults.


Crimes of the Heart is directed by HSU’s 2018 alum Riley Arnold who said, “I have really enjoyed getting to work with this group of students. I’ve never worked with them before, and they are very talented. They have made this process very simple and easy.” When asked what he hopes to convey to the audience he said, “Even though everyone has a different definition of family,the important thing is that everyone has someone to lean on. That’s most important.”


Here are some things the actors had to say about Crimes of the Heart:


“I’m most excited to do a show with some very talented and wonderful friends and to share a story that is so heartwarming,” Rachel Mastick, a freshman theater education major from Granbury, said.


“It’s a different style of play than what I’ve done in the past so I’m excited to expand my horizons and explore new styles of acting,” stated Kennan Dowling, a sophomore strategic communications major from Weatherford.


“I’m really excited to share this slice-of-life play with those who attend. There’s something for everyone and I hope the audience is able to relate to the character as I have with mine,” Sami Gade, a senior musical theater major from Austin, said.


      We have a fantastic theatre department here at HSU whose members love sharing their passion with its audiences. Be sure to come out to support our Thespians as they bring you the last show of the fall semester.


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