Crimes of the Heart playwright Beth Henley will have her first Los Angeles world premiere since the 1980s with her short play, Sisters of the Winter Madrigal. Joining her on the double bill is Frederick Bailey, who first presented a play with one of Henley's back in 1973 and now partners Sisters with his Dirty Ugly People and Their Stupid Meaningless Lives. The two world premieres play July 12-Aug. 19 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center under the auspices of Moving Arts.
Sisters is a medieval tale, pitting two unloved orphans against a society that will not accept them. One girl uses love to light the darkness she finds herself surrounded by while the other fights back with ambition and greed. A Pulitzer Prize winner and Oscar nominee, Henley's works include The Miss Firecracker Contest, Impossible Marriage and Family Week. Crimes of the Heart celebrated its 20th year anniversary in 2001 with a New York revival at Second Stage.
Dirty Ugly People pictures a farcical future in 2020, where there's no food or water, but desperate people still struggle to realize their simple, damaged hopes. Bailey wrote the Vietnam drama The Bridgehead before turning to screenwriting, where he has written for low budget film deities Roger Corman and Charles Fries.
Designing the both plays are L.A. Drama Critics Lifetime Achievement Award winner Victoria Profitt (sets) and Sean Murray (sound and original music).
Sisters of the Winter Madrigal and Dirty Ugly People and Their Stupid Meaningless Lives open July 14. Tickets are $18. The Los Angeles Theatre Center is located at514 South Spring Street. For reservations, call (213) 486-1681. — By Christine Ehren