Crimes of the Heart set to open at historic theatre
Posted on 3/17/2017 6:38:00 AM.
(Seguin) -- Curtains open this weekend for "Crimes of the Heart." The play, written by Beth Henley, is set to run for the next two weekends at the Stephen and Mary Birch Texas Theatre.

Director Pat Hoppe says the play is set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in the mid 20th Century. She says it's a dark comedy that brings together the stories of three sisters.
 
"Oh my goodness, it's about three dysfunctional sisters or somewhat dysfunctional sisters and they've all had loveless stories in their life so you get to find out what their crimes of the heart are. The show opens with Babe who has shot her husband. You can not know why unless you come to the show and find out why. She doesn't want to tell anybody and so the three sisters get together. They haven't been together for awhile. Meg comes home from California, because she has been summoned by her older sister, because their sister Babe has shot her husband. So we get to see the interaction of the three sisters," said Hoppe.
 
Hoppe says the production is being made possible with a number of cast members. She also says luckily with the stroke of good fortune, this particular play will feature a handful of college students.
"I was looking for young people. So I asked Dave at TLU, Dave Legore who is the theatre director there if I could sit in on auditions for his upcoming show and he said I could. So I did that and he introduced me and said I was looking for some people for my show and these young people showed up and I'm so glad they did. I have two TLU people. A University of Texas person and a Baylor University student. So I'm well. I've got lots of good college kids," said Hoppe.
 
Hoppe says she's excited that the Seguin community will get to enjoy yet another theater piece. She says tickets can be purchased in advance or at the box office.
 
"We have something special this year. Since we have TLU students in the play, we're going to offer a bargain to our TLU students. They can come to the show for $10 because they're special. They do have to come to the box office to do that. Opening nights are $20, because as usual, we're having our champagne reception after the show. All other performances are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door," said Hoppe.
 
Show times are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 17-19 and again from March 24-26.
 
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, Gift & Gourmet, Keepers and online at thetexas.org or Ticketstothecity.com.


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