crimes graphic2                  OPENS FRIDAY!  Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley


New Season Opens September 4 with the Pulitzer Prize Winner, Crimes of the Heart

The Studio is excited to open its new season with the American classic and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Crimes of the Heart, by Beth Henley!

To celebrate, we're giving our patrons a chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS by playing "Crimes Clues"!  We've posted three "clues" over the last two weeks about the show - one in our audience newsletter (sent out in the August 24 issue), one on our Facebook page (posted August 27), and one right here on this website (posted August 31). We've given you the "Clues," you tell us how they relate to the show! The first person to correctly "solve" all three by submitting their answers will win the tickets. Winner will be chosen right before opening weekend. If you're on our enews list, be on the lookout for the first clue. If not, you can subscribe to our enews here:  www.thestudiophx.org/subscribe.html. Then check our Facebook page for the second clue, and search this website for the third and final one! Submit ALL THREE ANSWERS NOW in one email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It's fun & easy! What's this show about?

In Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his final hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects.  Middle sister, Meg, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back at home after a failed singing career on the West Coast.  Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their troubles are both grave and laughable as, together, they try to escape the past and seize their future.

Directed by Brad Allen, The Studio production features members Dee Rich as Lenny, Debra Rich as Meg, Ashley Faulkner as Babe, Julie Lee as Chick Boyles, the sisters' cousin and Aaron Seever as Doc Porter, along with guest artist Joshua Vern as Barnette Lloyd.

A touching and consistently hilarious story that will linger in the mind long after the lights fade to black, Theatre Artists Studio presents Crimes of the Heart from September 4-20 at The Studio, located two blocks east of Tatum Blvd., and just north of Cactus Road on Paradise Village Parkway East, on the west side of the street. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 and over and Members of the Military. For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit our TICKETS page.

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor's Equity Association Members Project Code.

 

CRIMES CLUE #3 - 1981 (Hint: There is more than one correct answer on how this year relates to our show. How many can you find?)

 

Submit answers to ALL THREE OF THE "CRIMES CLUES" NOW to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Eighty-year-old artist Alexandra is in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. Alexandra's volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block may not be enough against her family’s own secret weapon: Estranged son Chris, who returns after 20 years and crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, in a final attempt to dissuade Mom from her ultimatum. No sooner are the words "Hi, Mom" uttered than detonation starts on the emotional bombs that have been lying in wait for the match to strike. The Velocity of Autumn is a wickedly funny and deeply touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life.

 

This production marks the Arizona Premiere of Velocity, fresh off of its Broadway run last spring with Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of Alexandra.

 

The Studio’s production stars well-known Valley director and actress Judy Rollings in the title role. “I love the character of Alexandra,” says Rollings. “She struggles heroically as she faces one of the biggest challenges in life. She is desperately trying to hold onto her independence and her dignity, while life and her children are trying to take both of them away.”

 

On relating to the character, Rollings said “I have grown sons who are the light of my life and sometimes the bane of my existence. I connect with Alexandra in her deep love for and struggles with her son, with her grief for what life takes away, and for the joy life can give. She's a brave, irascible, and feisty lady who has won my heart.”

 

Robyn Allen directs The Studio production, with Brad Allen performing the role of Alexandra’s son, Chris. Playwright Eric Coble has penned numerous scripts for both adults and children of various ages, including the stage adaptation of the Newberry Award-winning book, The Giver. He is available for interview.

 

Surprising, suspenseful, funny and exquisitely and devastatingly poignant, The Velocity of Autumn is presented by Theatre Artists Studio from April 10-26 at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, in Scottsdale. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 and over and Members of the Military. For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit: www.thestudiophx.org.

 

This production is being presented under the auspices of the Actor’s Equity Association Members Project Code.

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*Unless otherwise noted, all production photos on this website are courtesy of Studio Member, Mark Gluckman Photography.