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  • Onehunga, Auckland, 1061
  • New Zealand

Pulitzer Prize winner 1981
New York drama critics Circle award 

Crimes of the Heart

By Beth Henley
Directed by Ami Coster

Sunday 14 February
Rehearsal Hall
Dolphin Theatre
12 Spring St
1:30pm – 4:00pm

Call Backs
Tuesday 16 February

Warm hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative; this play teems with humanity and humour as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also unmistakably the tale of a very troubled family.

It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it...it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play
— New York Post


The scene is Hazlehurst Mississippi, where the three McGrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny the oldest sister is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects. Meg, the middle sister has arrived home after a failed singing career in Hollywood;  while Babe, the youngest is out on bail after having shot her abusive husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious are highlighted by their priggish cousin Chick; Barnette the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail, and Doc Porter, Megs' old beau who arrives back in town. In the end this is the story of how its' young characters escape the past to seize their future; but the telling is so true and touching and consistently funny that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has closed.

Production Dates

Friday April 29 - Saturday 14th May
Two week season only

Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake
— NY Times

Available Roles

Lenny (30 years)
A lonely heart who puts family first; Lenny has stayed in the family home so she can look after her ailing grandfather.  Conservative and shy, she is the one who keeps the family communication going.  
Meg (27 years)
The wild child of the family who has outgrown her hometown and headed to Hollywood to pursue her singing career.  Deeply troubled by the past, she is searching for a new start in life.  

Babe (24 years)
An innocent caught in an abusive marriage, Babe clings to family to find a way out of her current predicament.  She also struggles to cope with her emotions - a bad day for Babe could be fatal.  

Chick (29 years)
A brash and judgemental  cousin who sees the McGrath  sisters as an embarrassment to her standing in the community.   

Barnette (mid 20s)
An enthusiastic, highly moral young lawyer who takes on Babes' case partly because he has a vendetta against her husband Zachary, but also harbours a secret crush on Babe.  
Doc Porter (35 to 40 years)
Megs’ past boyfriend who she abandoned during hurricane Camille, leaving him injured; as a result of which he never managed to achieve his doctors degree. Now married with two kids, he returns to confront Meg as to why she deserted him.

Audition Form

For scripts fill out the following form or call P.A.
Jan Saussey
625 4109
0274 579 999

Name *
Available Roles *
Check the available roles you wish to audition for.

For your audition:

Please bring with you a prepared monologue. You will need to demonstrate a light southern American accent (Mississippi). Actors please read the play completely. Scenes from the script will be part of the audition. 


Tues & Thurs 7:30 – 10:00 pm & Sun
(times negotiable)