Lakewood Theatre Company

Auditions: Crimes of the Heart, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 - by appointment


Auditions for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart are by appointment on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Audition signup begins September 4, 2013.

Location: Lakewood Theatre Company 368 S. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. Call 503-635-3901 beginning September 4, 2013 to schedule an appointment.

Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley, is directed by Diane Englert.

The director is seeking 4 women (20s-30s) and 2 men (ages mid 20 - early 30s). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. All roles require a solid Southern (Mississippi) dialect. Please only audition if you fit (look) the age range and can do the dialect. All roles receive remuneration. 


  • Please bring a current headshot & resume.
  • Auditions consist of readings from the script. The auditioner may do a prepared/memorized one-minute monologue but is not required. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the director's discretion.
  • Bring your calendar and be prepared to list all conflicts. Conflicts not listed at time of audition may not be honored.


  • Crimes of the Heart opens March 7, 2014 and continues through April 13, 2014. Performances are Thurs. – Sat. at 7:30 PM, some Sundays at 7:00 PM, some Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM and two Wednesday performances at 7:30 PM. Lakewood Theatre Company features an intimate 220-seat theatre located at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego.  Rehearsals will begin in late January.


Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in our theatre. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions. "While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family.

The story: 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 thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while 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.


Breakdown of Roles:

Character descriptions: ages listed are playable ages. All roles are open and all receive remuneration. 

  • Lenny, 30, the oldest McGrath sister, care taker of her Granddaddy, homely, not worldly.
  • Meg, 27, the middle McGrath sister, the black sheep of the family with a wild side. Left home to pursue a singing career but failed. Role requires singing well.
  • Babe, 24, the youngest sister, vivacious and sunny on the outside, but deeply troubled on the inside. Out of jail on bail for shooting her abusive lawyer husband. Note: role requires playing saxophone.
  • Chick, 29, the sisters’ first cousin, priggish matron who has claimed her place in small town society and is very concerned with appearances.
  • Barnette, 26, Babe’s lawyer, awkward and falling in love with Babe while trying to bring down her husband.
  • Doc, 30, Meg’s old boyfriend, quiet, stoic, walks with a slight limp from a wild night he and Meg shared in a hurricane.

Auditions by appointment on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Call 503-635-3901 to schedule an appointment. Audition signup begins September 4, 2013. Callbacks, if needed, will be at the discretion of the director. Rehearsals begin in late January 2014.

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