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Waldorf College to stage Pulitzer-winning Crimes of the Heart

Waldorf College

Forest City, Iowa – Three sisters will reunite in Waldorf College’s tragic comedy Crimes of the Heart, on stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre from April 11-14.

Originally created in 1978 by Beth Hanley, Crimes of the Heart is a story about three sisters reuniting in their ailing grandfather’s house in Mississippi, after facing trials and tribulations of life. The play won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“Even though it’s a tragic story, the play is really funny in parts,” said Caleb Stroman, assistant professor at Waldorf College and director of the play, who described the story as black comedy. Set in the kitchen, Stroman faced challenges of installing plumbing on the set and displaying kitchen items such as a stove. “There will also be a lot of food on the set!”

The play features a cast of six students. The three sisters will be portrayed by freshmen Kaylin Tlam and Cassidy Atchison, and sophomore Chelsey Shreeve.

“The rehearsals have been running really well so far. It’s a lot of fun to work with a small cast,” said Stroman who directed William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale earlier in the season. “The audience will really enjoy the comedy, that’s what will draw them in.”

Crimes of the Heart will be the last play for the Waldorf College Theatre season. Earlier plays this season included Lost Socks, The Winter’s Tale, and Pippin.

Tickets for the show are available at $10 for adults, $8 for students and $2 for Waldorf students. To book tickets, please call 641-5 85-8585, email or visit to buy tickets online.