Last updated: September 19. 2013 9:57AM - 789 Views
Dr. Bruce Caldwell Contributing columnist

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“Crimes Of the Heart” is the next production scheduled for the Sampson Community Theatre, with opening night on Oct. 11 which is only three weeks away. Therefore the stellar cast of four women and two men are at the theater almost daily going through their lines under the direction of Justin Lockamy.

This American black comedy of a southern gothic genre was written in 1978 by Beth Henley and played in regional theaters until, after receiving favorable reviews, it made it to Broadway in 1981. It won the New York Drama Critics Award for best new American play and also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1981. The play ended up having 535 Broadway performances and in 1986 was adapted for the movies. The movie starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek and was nominated for an Oscar.

To my knowledge this is the fifth play produced by the Sampson Community Theatre that has won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the others being “Our Town,” “Harvey”, “South Pacific” and “Rent”. You will not want to miss this show because it has a cast consisting of some of our excellent actors — Lillie Turlington, Angela Martin, Kathy Day, Lucy Lockamy, Nick Owen, and Clay Boney. You may recall that four of these actors were also in our recent production of “Oklahoma.”

Since our website is now available, Barbara Taylor, a well-known local music and voice teacher, has been diligently probing into the history of the theater in Sampson County. She has been talking with and meeting with folks who were around before the advent of the Sampson Community Theatre. After receiving all her information we will attempt to put it in a workable format so you can enjoy reading it on our website located at: www.sampsoncommunitytheatre.org

Upcoming events:

Crimes of the Heart — Directed by Justin Lockamy. Rehearsals ongoing. Performances Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20.

It’s A Wonderful Life — Auditions Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Performances Dec. 6-8 and Dec.13-15

2014 events coming soon.

Thoughts until next week:

You can tell whether a person is clever by their answers. You can tell whether a person is wise by their questions.

It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.

A sneer is the weapon of the weak.

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