“Crimes of the Heart” brings a story of old love, new love, and attempted manslaughter to campus
If you haven’t seen posters around campus for the upcoming Maskrafter’s performance “Crimes of the Heart,” you need glasses. If you haven’t heard about it from your friends, you either need hear- ing aids or cooler friends.
Directed by Georgetown Col- lege’s George McGee, “Crimes of the Heart” is a play by Beth Henley. It has won several awards including, but not limited to, the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Amer-
ican Play and the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play was rela- tively unsuccessful for a short while before winning the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s American Play Con- test, to which a friend submitted without Henley’s knowledge.
The play is set in Hazlehurst, Miss., around the challenges of the three Magrath sisters: Lenny, Meg and Babe. The three have gathered again to await the news of their grandfather who is in the hospital on his deathbed. The oldest sister Lenny is thirty years old, unmarried and slowly losing hope of finding love. The middle sister Meg is back home after a failed attempt at a singing career on the west coast. Babe, the youngest sister, was just released from prison on bail after having shot her abu- sive husband in the stom- ach. Director George McGee says, “Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their prig- gish 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.”
Although students may not have had the same experiences as the Magrath sisters, they will find some striking commonalities.The three sisters are each learning to let go of the past in order to grab hold of the future. The story is both touching and hilarious enough to “linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended,” said McGee.
The play has been on McGee’s “bucket list” for a while, he says. “I love the characters. They remind me of my family in Macon, Ga.: a bit crazy, but always funny,” says McGee. He wants the audience to nd the ne line between tears and cheers, noting that the two reasons people return home are funerals and weddings. To McGee, that is the beauty of this play. “The play is so well-written; you feel the emotional pain of the character one minute and then nd yourself laughing out loud at them the next,” says McGee. Helping the actors nd the right blend between these two is the fun for him as director. He continues, “To direct a play like this where you have to give both the emo- tional and intellectual within the same moment is kind of like playing soccer and badminton at the same time.”
The Maskrafters will be perform- ing ve runs of “Crimes of the Heart”: Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29. All performances, which are Nexus/ CEP credit, are at 8 p.m. and will be held in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theater. For ticket sales, visit the Georgetown College Bookstore.
Student “sells” her opinion on Batstone’s “Not for Sale”
“Not for Sale,” a nonction book by David Batstone, focuses on human trafcking that the majority of people around the world are oblivious to. The author of this novel recounts many instances of
human trafcking that he person- ally experienced and the stories that others have experienced as well. He inspires his readers to appropri- ately combat this issue and liber- ate those who are victims of human trafcking.
“Not for Sale” provides real rst- hand encounters with human traf- cking in countries such as Nepal, India, Thailand, Uganda, Peru and the United States. David Batstone makes his work come to life with shocking statistics such as: “UN surveys found 700,000 children forced into domestic labor in Indo- nesia alone, with staggering num- bers as well in Brazil (559,000), Pakistan (264,000), Haiti (250,000), and Kenya (200,000).” Batstone pro- vides crucial statistics and ndings throughout his book to really drive home the issue of human trafck- ing. The author of “Not for Sale” knows what it feels like for people who are standing by watching this happen to not know what to do. However, he encourages abolition- ists and says, “I am convinced that every individual can make a valu- able contribution to arresting the global slave trade.”
This book is both memorable and inspiring. David Batstone pro- vides insight into things that happen behind the scenes in our world every day and gives incentive for every- one to get involved to stop them. After reading “Not for Sale,” one will feel moved to learn more about the issue and never forget what people go through every day. I agree with David Batstone’s idea that everyone can get involved in stopping the issue of human traf- ficking today. Whether it is through fundraising, protests, or whatever one feels will help those who are suffering from this issue; it all helps. The book suggests the possibilities that one day slavery will be abolished completely and for good.
David Batstone has honestly affected how I look at life and has taught me not to be naïve about sit- uations that occur all of the time. My opinions on human trafcking have become a lot stronger as a result of reading “Not for Sale” and I believe that these more concrete opinions will drive me to participate in helping to stop human trafck- ing. This book is related to my own course with missionary work that I hope to pursue and relates to my leadership in my community to get more people informed and involved with this issue. Even for those who
David Batstone, here in Thailand, has visited numerous countries such as South Korea and Cambodia to promote the Not For Sale Campaign.
don’t like to read, “Not for Sale” is truly mind-boggling and captures the reader instantly with informa- tion that seems unbelievable to those of us who don’t experience this life every day. “Not for Sale” will no doubt affect your outlook on life. and the world that we live in.