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‘Crimes of the Heart’ to be performed by CCU students

February 19, 2014

“Crimes of the Heart,” a tragicomedy by Beth Henley, will be presented by Coastal Carolina University’s Department of Theatre from Thursday, Feb. 20, to Saturday, March 1, at the 79th Avenue Theatre. Tickets are now available.

“Crimes of the Heart” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about three eccentric sisters who reunite at their grandfather's home in Hazelhurt, Miss., when one of them gets in trouble. Each is dealing with her own serious but humorous troubles including their priggish cousin Chick and a lawyer who is falling in love with the youngest sister.

Described as “Southern Gothic screwball comedy,” the play is directed by Steve Earnest, a professor of theatre, assisted by musical theatre student Conor Devoe.

Ashley Reese is stage manager, with assistant stage managers Brian Marshall and Shelbie Brakefield. Production crew members are Gregg Buck, set designer; Todd Wren, lighting designer; Telvin Armour, sound designer; Jack DiCarlo, props coordinator; and Meghan Voyack, props assistant.

Cast members are Melissa Cabey, Gabrielle Harker, Suzanna Grindle, Mary Hannah Lewis, Garrett McCann and Nathan Smith. Understudy cast members are freshman BFA actors Emily Pfeiffer, Kathryn Albers, Meg Groves, Kelly Kapur, Daniel Pippert and Peter Seifarth. The understudy performance ill be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The understudy show is sfree to the public.

Show times are:

* Feb. 20 through 22 at 7:30 p.m.

* Feb. 26 through 28 at 7:30 p.m.

* March 1 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ticket prices are: $15 general admission, $5 CCU/HGTC students, $10 faculty/staff, $10 Alumni/OLLI/senior citizens/teens, and $5 children. Tickets can be purchased through or Wheelwright Box Office.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 843-349-ARTS (2787).

The 79th Avenue Theatre is at the intersection of U.S. 17 and 79th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.