Tickets on sale for Theatre TJC’s Southern comedy-drama, ‘Crimes of the Heart’ | TJC

Tickets on sale for Theatre TJC’s Southern comedy-drama, ‘Crimes of the Heart’

In its second production of the 2023-24 season, Theatre TJC presents playwright Beth Henley’s instant classic, “Crimes of the Heart.”

The production is under the direction of Dr. David W. Crawford, TJC theatre professor.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 8-11, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, in Jean Browne Theatre, located in Wise Cultural Arts on the TJC central campus.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors ages 65 and up, students and active military. The TJC Box Office hours are 1-6 p.m. weekdays. For reservations, call 903-510-2212. Tickets are also available online at

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize, this Southern gothic comedy-drama is centered around the Magrath sisters, each of whom is having “a very bad day” — Meg’s performing career is a wreck, Lenny is celebrating her birthday alone, and Babe has just been accused of shooting her husband.
Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of the three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

The cast and crew
Cast: Emily Titlow of Mount Enterprise, as Lenny Magrath; Hannah Davis of Tyler, as Chick Boyle; Otto Straus of Lindale, as Doc Porter; Corlie Hardy of Rusk, as Meg Magrath; Rachael Gibbs of Winona, as Babe Botrelle; and Raymond Arrington of Rusk, as Barnette Lloyd.
Theatre faculty production staff: Dr. David W. Crawford, stage direction, properties and theatre management; Jacob L. Davis, set design and sound; Denise Weatherly-Green, costume design and makeup; Ethan Beam, performing arts facilities director and box office manager; and Lara K. Smith, theatre department chair.
Student production staff: Caiden Leon-Duffy of Tyler, stage manager; Conor Kimlicko of Albany, New York, assistant director/assistant stage manager; Travis Speer of Forney, lighting design; and Corlie Hardy of Rusk, Amasa Hartong of Van, Emileigh Jones of San Angelo, Hallie Line of Whitehouse, Kendal Saxon of Tyler, and Oakley Serrano of Tyler, makeup design.
Student running crew: Amasa Hartong of Van, box office and properties; Elise Ray of Sunnyvale, costumes; Bryce Lipp of Van, lighting controls; Crystal Mendoza of Tyler, makeup and hair; and Conor Kimlicko of Albany, New York, sound controls.
The 2023-24 season also includes:
• “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, adapted by David Catlin, Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, Jean Browne Theatre
• “Summer and Smoke” by Tennessee Williams, Wednesday-Saturday, April 24-27, Jean Browne Theatre
About the TJC Cultural Arts District
Located in the heart of the College’s central campus, the TJC Cultural Arts District features a variety of art and science programs across four venues, including:
• Rogers Palmer Performing Arts Center
• Jean Browne Theatre
• The Earth and Space Science Center featuring Hudnall Planetarium
• Tyler Museum of Art
From top-notch theatrical productions and performances by outstanding music and dance departments to incredible visual artwork, TJC offers some of the finest arts and entertainment in the East Texas region.
For more information on upcoming events, or to download the current TJC Cultural Arts publication, go to

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