Crimes of the Heart

May 03 - June 14, 2014 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage

An award-winning comedy with a Southern Gothic twist.

In this deeply touching Southern Gothic comedy, three young sisters reunite in their Mississippi hometown to await news of their hospitalized grandfather -- and that's just the start of their very bad day. With emotional troubles in the past and immediate troubles with the law, each of the dysfunctional Magrath sisters is forced to face the consequences of her crimes of the heart. Imaginative and hilarious, unpredictable and moving, this play is a contemporary classic, honoring playwright Beth Henley with both a Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award -- and later becoming an Academy Award-nominated film starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek. The New York Post noted, "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 theater to not see this play." 

Run time: 2 hours 40 minutes including one intermission


Chick Boyle
Sarah Agnew
Doc Porter
Sam Bardwell
                Lenny Magrath
Maggie Chestovich
Meg Magrath
Georgia Cohen
Barnette Lloyd
David Darrow
Babe Botrelle
Ashley Rose Montondo

Artistic Staff

Marcela Lorca
Set Designer
James Youmans
Costume Designer
Clint Ramos
Lighting Designer
Mark McCullough
Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
Jo Holcomb
Voice and Dialect Coach
D'Arcy Smith
Stage Manager
Jason Clusman
Assistant Stage Manager
Justin Hossle
Assistant Director
Markell Kiefer


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production photos by Joan Marcus



Minnesota Women's Press: In Guthrie production, sisters bond through tragedy and loss
Pioneer Press: What do these plays all have in common? Three sisters


Lavender Magazine: "The Guthrie has staged its funniest production in years with the 1980 contemporary classic Crimes of the Heart" 
TC Daily Planet
: "Crimes of the Heart" tugs at the heartstrings at the Guthrie Theater
Pioneer Press
: "Crimes of the Heart" review: Guthrie Theater does right by play


KARE 11: Sea Change's Nick Lane describes the three cocktails inspired by Lenny, Meg and Babe from Crimes of the Heart
WCCO-TV: Maggie Chestovich, who plays oldest Magrath sister Lenny, talks about the heart and humor in Crimes of the Heart, and does a Q&A with Curiocity
KARE 11: Actors Ashley Rose Montondo and Georgia Cohen talk about the play

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