Performances play to April 19 at the intimate second stage of the WSP.
Barrymore Award winner Madi Distefano directs a cast that includes Barrymore Award winner Jennie Eisenhower; Kaci M. Fannin; Barrymore Award winner Lenny Haas; and Damon Bonetti. Opening is April 2.
Criminal Hearts "takes place in a swank Chicago apartment…or what's left of it. Ata Windust (Jennie Eisenhower) spends her days with nothing but a mattress, pizza boxes and Dr. Pepper. Her marriage is over and now avoiding the outside world and sharpening pencils are the only activities that fill her time. Things change; however, when con-woman Bo (Kaci M. Fannin) and her partner Robbie (Damon Bonetti) comes through the window looking to rob Ata's high-class digs. The only problem is that Ata's ex-husband (Lenny Haas) has already cleaned the place out. Forming an unlikely friendship based on revenge and half-truths, Ata and Bo end up finding things they didn't even know they were looking for."
First produced in 1992 by the Theatre Company of Detroit, Criminal Hearts is the creation of the mysterious playwright Martin, whose work includes Talking With and Keely and Du. She has never made a public appearance.
The design team consists of Meghan Jones (set), Kathryn Rauch (costume), Shon Causer (lighting) and Matthew Lorenz (sound). Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, is at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are $30 and are now available at (215) 574-3550 or (215) 982-2787. Tickets are also available at WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.