Crimes of the Heart
Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley
Directed by Ami Coster
Season: 29 April - 14 May
1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
A charming black comedy set in a small Mississippi town. Three sisters search for meaning and happiness in their lives after suffering a veritable heap of misfortune. They must reunite to make sense of their individual challenges and family issues. Lenny the eldest has devoted her life to caring for their ailing Grandfather; Meg has run away to pursue a singing career in Hollywood; while Babe is facing trial for shooting her abusive husband. Combine an enthusiastic lawyer, a nosy neighbour and a lonely ex boyfriend and we have a hilarious mix of conflicts, crisis and revelations.
Ami studied directing at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney and has since worked professionally and in amateur circles as an actor and director for numerous theatre companies and drama schools in Sydney and Canberra. She has also toured Australia, Indonesia and Europe.
Having now settled in Auckland, Ami is delighted to be welcomed into the Dolphin Theatre. Crimes of the Heart is not only one of her favourite plays but marks her directorial debut at the Dolphin.
as Chick Boyle
Christie is a newcomer to Dolphin and glad to be back on stage after an 18-year hiatus. She's excited to be playing Chick, a character totally different to any other she's played. She finds Chick’s motivation and turns of phrase glorious to play, as they add such humorous energy to scenes. Chick is ambitious, with energy Christie shares, but she notes that the darker aspects of her character and her self-absorption are especially wicked delights to play. She has enjoyed working with Dolphin’s dedicated crew and is keen to make them proud.
as Doc Porter
Julian is pleased to finally ‘come home’ to the Dolphin after a long absence, last appearing here in 2010 as Feste in Twelfth Night. Meanwhile he has lent his hand to directing, winning the Dolphin award for Best One-act Play in 2011 for the very dark Doll. His first full-length play was Les Liaisons Dangereuses for Ellerslie Theatrical Society. He has appeared in various roles across Auckland, from the quintessential dystopian victim Winston Smith in Orwell’s 1984, to Antigonus, exiting pursued by a bear, in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale.
as Lenny Magrath
Lyndsey is ecstatic to be back on the Dolphin stage. She last performed in Ladies Down Under, in 2014, and loves performing with Cassandra again, along with the wonderful cast.
A wholesale officer by day, Lyndsey has always wanted to be on the stage or messing about in the costume cupboard, and she hopes to make a career of make-believe yet. Lyndsey has enjoyed the challenge of extracting comedy from the tragic in the role of Lenny and hopes the audience will appreciate the show with a tear and a smile.
as Meg Magrath
Cassandra returns after portraying Norma Helmer in A Doll’s House, which earned her the 2012 ACTT best actress award. Work in theatre, film, television and modelling here and internationally – plus the joy of motherhood – keeps her busy, but Cassandra is thrilled to be back at Dolphin. She can relate to Meg’s wild and restless heart and is thoroughly enjoying peeling back the layers of why Meg is the way she is.
Cassandra hopes to shine a light on the connection we all share of having bad days and the need to work through them together with love and laughter – in Meg’s words: “the important human need to talk about our lives”.
as Babe Botrelle
For the past four years, Imogen has been in the United Kingdom, training and attending invaluable workshops and masterclasses with some top institutions, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Now back home, she is excited to be performing for the first time at Dolphin. ‘It’s been a wonderfully creative experience, and working with Ami as director has been great.’ Imogen hopes you will fall in love with birthday wishes, lemonade and the Magrath girls, the same way she did when she first read the script.
as Barnette Lloyd
This is Phillip's second appearance at the Dolphin, having played the troubled Jason in last year's drama Rabbit Hole. In Crimes of the Heart he plays a very young ‘lawyer with an almost fanatical intensity that he subdues by sheer will’. When he is not acting, Phillip likes to paint landscapes, write scripts for short plays, do interpretive dance, garden and cook large volumes of chilli. He has enjoyed stretching his comic muscle with his larger-than-life character in Crimes of the Heart and believes audiences will find this play's blend of humour and drama a joy to watch.
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