The acclaimed comedy, according to press notes, is "about the intrigues and scandals of the three MaGrath sisters, who reunite on the occasion of Babe MaGrath's having shot her husband."
Crimes of the Heart premiered Off-Broadway in 1980 and then ran on Broadway at the The Golden Theatre, garnering the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. In 1986 the play was made into a film directed by Bruce Beresford.
The reading casts Ireland as Lenny, Lyonne as Chick, Mamet as Babe, Stan as Doc, Ullman as Barnette and Williams as Meg.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.