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November 9, 2009

RSU Theatre to Present ‘Crimes of the Heart' Nov. 13-14

RSU Theatre will present Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Crimes of the Heart" – a story about three sisters reunited in their grandfather's home after the youngest sister shoots her husband – on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14.

The play will be presented at 7:07 p.m. in the Will Rogers Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and free for all RSU students, faculty and staff.

The play as a mixture of tragedy and comedy, said David Blakely, RSU theatre coordinator. "The sisters come to better understand themselves as they uncover why their mother took the family cat with her when she died," he said.

Henley received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Crimes of the Heart" in 1981. The play also was named the Best American Play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle and received a Tony Award nomination. The film version was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay.

Henley also wrote the play "The Miss Firecracker Contest," which was adapted into a film in 1989. She continues to write plays and screenplays from her home in California. She is an alumna of Southern Methodist University.

For more information on the RSU Theatre production of "Crimes of the Heart," call (918) 343-7521.