Rochester College’s theatre department will present “Crimes of the Heart,” written by Beth Henley and directed by Dr. Nancy Arnfield, during two weekends in September. 

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects. Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. 

In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future, but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

Evening performances of “Crimes of the Heart” will be Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., while matinee performances will be Sept. 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. All productions take place on the campus of Rochester College at 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Tickets are $5 for students and $12 in advance ($15 at the door). To purchase or reserve tickets online, visit www.rc.edu/rctheatre. For group sales or more information, call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail theatre@rc.edu.