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Southeastern Theatre announces cast for 'Crimes of the Heart'

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Theatre has announced the cast for its fall production of “Crimes of the Heart,” Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

     “Crimes of the Heart,” part of Fanfare 2007, is scheduled Oct. 3-6, 7:30 p.m., at Vonnie Borden Theatre.

     Director James Winter of the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts describes the play as “a warm-hearted portrayal of three sisters struggling to make sense of their lives.”

     The Mcgrath sisters’ reunion in their hometown of Hazelhurst, Miss., triggers a hilarious mix of conflicts, crises and revelations as the sisters learn to greet life’s twists of fate with courage, Winter added.

     Cast members are Gabrielle Renee LeBlanc, Baton Rouge, as Lenny, the responsible sister who has sacrificed herself to care for her ailing grandfather; Rachael Johnson, Mandeville, as Meg, the carefree sister who left behind her family and lover to pursue a (failed) singing career; and Sarah Levesque, Gonzales, as Babe, the newly rebellious sister who faces prison for shooting her abusive husband.

     Additional cast members include Katie Zirkenbach, Metairie, Chick Boyle; Benjamin Russell, Bookhaven, Miss., Barnette Lloyd; and Sean Freeland, Slidell, Doc Porter.

     Also, Jenna Smith, LaPlace and Matthew Kozel, New Orleans, were cast as understudies.  Each will perform at least one night of the show – Smith as Babe Botrelle and Kozel as Barnette Lloyd.

     Southeastern students involved in the production include Ronald Craig Kinchen, Ponchatoula, scenic designer; Randy Malbrough Jr., Gonzales, sound designer; Lauren Tham, Baton Rouge, makeup designer; Kathryn Steele, Baton Rouge, properties master; and Tara Bennett, Covington, stage manager.

     Tickets -- $10, adults, $6, senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni, and $5 non-Southeastern students – will be available at the theater box office in D Vickers Hall.  Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.

     For additional information contact Winter at (985) 549-3546 or

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