Drama presents first major show in Black Box

Sean Mullins
Technology Columnist

“Crimes of the Heart” is being performed by the drama department in the Black Box Theater at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Written by Beth Henley, the Pulitzer Prize winning play focuses on three sisters brought back to their hometown when one of them is on trial. The play revolves around their family drama and personal issues.

The play was chosen to spotlight its female writer and leads. Todd Schaefer, drama teacher, feels that there needs to be more female representation in theater.

”We tend to have an issue on Broadway right now where female writers, stories with female leads, stories based around women, written and directed by women in major theater circles are kind of lacking,” Schaefer said.

Much like the recent production of “Never the Sinner,” “Crimes of the Heart” addresses social issues like dysfunctional family life. According to junior Trinity Madison, who plays the role of Meg, the department wants to produce a show that’s enjoyable in its own right, but also leaves the audience thinking afterwards.

”Not only was it really controversial and addressed a bunch of stuff for its time, it also addresses a bunch of stuff for our time,” Madison said. “It’s one of those plays that, even though it was written in the 70s, it still hits close to home, which is so beautiful.”

This is the first major show performed in the Black Box Theater. The Black Box Theater was intended to replace the Little Theater, but this is the first time it’s been equipped with lighting and sound. After “Crimes of the Heart,” the rest of the season will be performed in the Black Box.

While the audience only sees what’s onstage, the drama department recognizes the show wouldn’t be possible without people working behind the scenes.

Junior Grace Engel, who plays the role of Babe, is grateful for everyone who helped make the show what it is.

“All of the people who might not be onstage, but who worked on the show, like people who painted the set, all the crew members are so important,” Engel said.

Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.


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