Casting Call for CRIMES OF THE HEART

June 9 @ 6pm at Chico Theater Company

Directed by Amanda Detmer

Performs August 16 to September 1, 2019

Sides will be provided for auditions


Lenny Magrath: (Female) The oldest of the three sisters; her sisters have forgotten her birthday, only adding to her feeling of rejection; is frustrated after years of carrying heavy burdens of responsibility; most recently, she has been caring for Old Granddaddy, sleeping on a cot in the kitchen to be near him; loves her sisters, but is also jealous of them, especially Meg, whom she feels received preferential treatment during their upbringing (Meg has also been surrounded by men all her life, while Lenny has feared rejection from the opposite sex and become withdrawn as a result).

Chick Boyle: (female) The sisters’ first cousin, a very demanding relative, extremely concerned about the community’s opinion of her; when news is published of Babe’s shooting of Zackery, her utmost concern is how she’s “gonna continue holding my head up high in this community”; critical of all aspects of the Magrath’s family and always bringing up past tragedies, such as the mother’s suicide; is especially hard on Meg, whom she finds undisciplined and calls a “low-class tramp,” and on Babe, who “doesn’t understand how serious the situation is” after shooting Zackery.

Meg Magrath (female) The middle sister; as an 11-year-old child, she discovered the body of their mother (and that of the family cat) following her suicide; this traumatic experience provoked her to test her strength by confronting morbidity wherever she could find it, including poring over medical photographs of disease-ridden victims and staring at March of Dimes posters of crippled children; at the beginning of the play, she returns to Mississippi from California, where her singing career has stalled and where, she later tells Doc, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the psychiatric ward of the county hospital.

Babe Botrelle: (female) The youngest Magrath sister; at the start of the play, she has shot her husband, Zackery, a powerful and wealthy lawyer; at first, the only explanation she gives for the act is the defiant statement, “I didn’t like his looks! I just didn’t like his stinking looks!”; eventually, she reveals that the shooting was the result of her anger at Zackery’s cruel treatment both of her and of Willie Jay, a 15-year-old African American boy with whom Babe had been carrying on an affair.

Doc Porter: (male) Meg’s old boyfriend, is still known affectionately as “Doc,” although his plans for a medical career stalled and eventually died after he was severely injured in Hurricane Camille; his love for Meg (and her promise to marry him) prompted him to stay behind with her while the rest of the town evacuated the storm’s path; many people now have the perception (as Meg and Lenny discuss) that Meg “baited Doc into staying there with her”; he now has his own wife and children, but nevertheless remains close to the Magrath family; although Meg abandoned him when she left for California, he remains fond of her, and Meg is extremely happy to have his friendship upon her return to Mississippi.

Barnette Lloyd: (male) Babe’s lawyer, an ambitious, talented attorney, views Babe’s case as a chance to exact his personal revenge on Zackery; “The major thing he did,” he says, “was to ruin my father’s life”; also seems to have a strong attraction to Babe, whom he remembers distinctly from a chance meeting at a Christmas bazaar; is prevented from taking on Zackery in open court by his desire to protect Babe’s affair with Willie Jay from public exposure; is willing to make this sacrifice for Babe, and the play ends with some hope that his efforts will be rewarded.

SYNOPSIS: The three MaGrath sisters are back together in their hometown of Hazelhurst, Mississippi for the first time in a decade. Lenny, the eldest, never left Hazelhurst — she is the caretaker of the sisters’ cantankerous Old Granddaddy. Meg, the middle sister, left home to pursue stardom as a singer in Los Angeles, but has, so far, only found happiness at the bottom of a bottle. And Babe, the youngest, has just been arrested for the murder of her abusive husband, Zackery Botrelle. Under the scorching heat of the Mississippi sun, past resentments bubble to the surface and each sister must come to terms with the consequences of her own “crimes of the heart.”

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