Television stars Morgan Fairchild, Faith Ford and Crystal Bernard are starring in the Garry Marshall-directed production of Crimes of the Heart, running Oct. 15-Nov. 28 and officially opening Oct. 20 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA.
The three stars are well known to TV audiences. Fairchild starred in "Flamingo Road," among other shows; Ford played Corky Sherwood on "Murphy Brown" for many years; and Bernard starred as Helen on "Wings."
Also in the cast are Paul Satterfield, Stephanie Niznik and Jake Wall.
Marshall, director of "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," and creator of "Happy Days" and "Mork and Mindy," built the 99-seat Falcon Theatre in 1997.
Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart tells of three strong but beleaguered Southern sisters. One faces life as a spinster, another copes with a failing singing career, a third has shot her husband in the stomach. Crimes of the Heart was originally produced at the Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival and then went on to a successful run Off Broadway and then on Broadway, where it opened Nov. 4, 1981, and closed Feb. 18, 1983. The Broadway cast included Mary Beth Hurt (who was replaced later in the run by Holly Hunter), Mia Dillon (replaced by J. Smith Cameron), Lizbeth Mackay and Peter MacNicol. Pulitzer and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards followed. Bruce Beresford directed a film version of the piece, with Henley scripting.
Other Henley works include The Lucky Spot, Abundance and the recent Impossible Marriage.
The Falcon is also running a series of plays for young audiences, including Anastasia Krupnik, adapted and directed by Meryl Freedman from Louis Lowry's story about a precocious ten-year-old girl (Oct. 2-Nov. 28); Friedman's adaptation of Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson (Feb. 11 March 26, 2000); and Lori Marshall's adaptation of Hansel and Gretl, staged by Kevin Larkin (March 4-April 3, 2000). Schoolhouse Rock Live! is also under consideration. The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive; for tickets call (818) 955- 8101.