Since at least Chekov, playwrights have been fascinated with a trio of women at the center of a play. Southerner Beth Henley put her own twist on this concept with her 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner Crimes of the Heart.
Focusing on the three Magrath sisters and their assorted friends in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, the story looks at how they come together because one of the sisters is accused of shooting her estranged husband. A comedy with some dark undertones, it was a hit Off Broadway and then transferred to Broadway after winning the Pulitzer.
Arkansas Rep presented it in April 1985. The cast featured Evelyn Carol Case, Cathey Crowell Sawyer and Laurel Anne White as the three sisters. Maggie Murphy, Jeff Bailey and Mark Johnson rounded out the cast. The show was directed by Cliff Baker, who had directed the same show (with a different cast and design team) at the Alley Theatre earlier in 1985.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.