Directed by Kathleen Turner, the Beth Henley play will begin previews Jan. 18, 2008, with an official opening Feb. 7. This production is based on the recent Williamstown Theatre Festival mounting that was also directed by Turner. The New York company will feature feature Patch Darragh (Doc Porter), Jennifer Dundas (Lenny Magrath), Sarah Paulson (Meg Magrath), Lily Rabe (Babe Botrelle), Jessica Stone (Chick Boyle) and Chandler Williams (Barnette Lloyd). Darragh, Dundas, Paulson, Rabe and Williams were featured in the Williamstown company.
The limited engagement will run through April 13.
Crimes of the Heart, according to press notes, is "a sharply funny play about the sometimes frayed edges of sisterly bonds. The Magrath sisters have trouble with men. Lonely Lenny (Dundas) never married, failed singer/actress Meg (Paulson) lost count, and the youngest, Babe (Rabe) married an abuser — and shot him. Now the sisters reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazelhurst, Mississippi to face life's most absurd tragedies. Alone, each woman might call it quits. Together, they'll have the most hilarious time of their lives."
Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located in Manhattan at 111 West 46th Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or by visiting www.roundabouttheatre.org.