Broadway producer to guest-direct student performance of 'Crimes of the Heart'

Award-winning Broadway actress, director and producer Jana Robbins will guest-direct the production "Crimes of the Heart," April 15-19 at Gettysburg College's Kline Theatre.

"Crimes of the Heart" was written by Beth Henley, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. At the center of this tragic comedy are three sisters - Meg, Babe and Lenny - who reunite in their home state of Mississippi after Babe shoots her abusive husband. Raised in a dysfunctional family, the sisters are forced to deal with various relatives and past relationships while facing the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" each has committed.

"I was thrilled to be cast in ‘Crimes of the Heart' on Broadway back in 1982," Robbins said. "It has been a pleasure to work with students as they train for a future in theater either on stage or as directors and designers. It is apparent to me why Henley's play won the Pulitzer Prize, with its combination of pathos and comedy, as we watch each of our characters trying to come to terms with their lives, loves and losses in the little town of Hazelhurst, Miss."

The performances will take place in Kline Theatre located off North Washington Street on April 15, 16, 17, and 19 at 8 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for Friday and Saturday night performances. For tickets and more information, call 717-337-6060.

Gettysburg College students performing include juniors Kirsten Egenes and Jacob Henkoff, sophomore Gianina Galatro and first-years Robert Gicking, Veronica Rosenberger and Rachel Lovelidge. The set was designed by Sarah Moses as her senior project. Senior Chelsea Bucklin worked directly with Robbins as a production manager.

"As a senior, this opportunity could not have come at a better time," Bucklin said. "Working on a tight schedule with high expectations has helped me to get a taste of working in professional theatre. Jana Robbins has pushed all of us to excel and produce a show of Broadway caliber."

About Robbins

Robbins has played leading roles on Broadway in "Good News," "I Love My Wife," "Romance/Romance," "Gypsy" and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Her list of off-Broadway and repertory credits include both straight plays and musicals. She has guest starred on "Cheers," "Roseanne" and "Babylon 5," among others and in the movie "The Women" (2008).

A recipient of the Jewish National Fund's "Tree Of Life Award," Robbins directed "Little Women," which she produced on Broadway. She will also produce "White's Lies" which opens May 16. She recently won several Helen Hayes Awards for the Kennedy Center production of "Ragtime."

Posted: 4/9/10

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2010

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