Wendy Lehr to Direct Crimes of the Heart at Bloomington Civic Theatre

| April 25, 2012

(Bloomington, MN) Bloomington Theatre and Art Center is excited to announce Crimes of the Heart, a Bloomington Civic Theatre (BCT) production taking place in the Black Box Theater May 18 through June 10, 2012. Crimes of the Heart is sponsored by Mall of America and Larkin Hoffmann.

Written by Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart is a deeply touching and funny play about three eccentric sisters from a small Southern town rocked by scandal. The telling of how they escape the past to seize the future is consistently hilarious yet so true and touching that it will linger in the mind long after the last line has been spoken. Crimes of the Heart won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the New York Drama Circle Award for Best American Play.

The cast of BCT’s production of Crimes of the Heart includes David Beukema (Barnette), Mike Postle (Doc), Tracy Hodgdon (Lenny), Lindsay Marcy (Meg), Erin Mae Johnson (Babe), and Billie Jo Konze (Chick). Wendy Lehr will take the Bloomington Civic Theatre’s director’s chair for the first time with this production.

Wendy Lehr

Wendy Lehr began her theater career in Minnesota in 1962.  From 1966-1986 she was a resident actress at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) where she returned from 1990-1998 as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education.  She was a member of Arizona Theatre Company, acting from 1986-1990. Upon leaving CTC she performed locally at Jungle Theater, Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Illusion Theater and History Theatre, as well as Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Theater Latté Da and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.  Regional credits include Seaside Music Theater (FL), Lyric Opera Cleveland and Kansas City Rep. Wendy has directed over 20 productions at CTC, including five premieres and three national tours. She has directed at Park Square Theatre, Seaside Music Theater, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), University of Minnesota and Hamline University. In 2005 she helped create Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) where she served as Artistic Director until 2009. The Lehr Theater in downtown Saint Paul was named by SPCPA in her honor. Wendy is the recipient of the 2008 Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Commitment in the Arts and the Ivey 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Crimes of the Heart runs Friday, May 18 through Sunday, June 10. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm. The Thursday May 31performance is ASL Interpreted, and the Friday June 1 performance is Audio Described. A post-show ‘talk-back’ with the cast and crew takes place after the Sunday matinee on May 27. All performances are held in the Black Box Theater at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd. in Bloomington, MN. All seating is general admission, and tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by calling the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Box Office at 952-563-8575, or online at www.bloomingtoncivictheatre.org.

Category: Community News, Culture, Theater

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