Jewell Theatre Company to perform Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart

The Jewell Theatre Company will bring Beth Henley’s 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart to stage next month.

The Southern Gothic tragicomedy, also lauded as an early feminist play, will be presented at 7 p.m. April 6-8 at Peters Theater on the William Jewell campus. There will also be a matinee at 2 p.m. on April 8.

Crimes of the Heart is set in Hazlehurst, Miss., and follows the lives of the three Magrath sisters — Lenny, Meg and Babe. Reunited in their grandfather’s home after Babe is arrested for shooting her husband, the women must learn to escape their past in order to seize the future.

In addition to the 1981 Pulitzer Prize, the play also received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Henley was recently honored with the 2017 William Inge Distinguished Achievement in American Theater Award during the William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kan.

Tickets for the performance are $5 for students, the Jewell community, and seniors, and $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased in the Peters Theater lobby, or reserved by calling the box office at 415-7590 or by visiting

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