The Players Guild at Sugar Hill opens the 2022-2023 season with award-winning play

The Players Guild in Sugar Hill will open its 2022-2023 season with the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Crimes of the Heart”.

“‘Crimes’ is a brilliantly written play by Beth Henley which examines the fate of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions,” said Justin Walker, the play’s director. “What I love about the play is that it’s both hilarious and heartbreaking.”

Walker, who became the Players Guild’s artistic director in May, said the guild considers “countless” titles when determining its performance lineup – its season runs from August through May.

“As a community theatre, (the Players Guild) seeks out performances that the organization believes will speak to, serve and entertain members of our community,” Walker said. “’Crimes of the Heart’ does just that. The play is incredibly well-written, examines difficult but relatable life circumstances, and delivers a hugely entertaining performance capable of changing hearts and creating conversation.

Photo courtesy of Players Guild at Sugar Hill.

“Just as the Three Sisters of Play reimagine what their future may hold, Players Guild is undergoing a transformation this year as we reimagine how and why we do theater,” Walker added. “Opening the season with ‘Crimes of the Heart’ makes sense.”

The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama in 1981 and was later adapted into a Golden Globe-winning film, stars six actors – Kayla Arjae will play Babe; Jamie Goss will take the stage at the Eagle Theater as Meg; Amy Arnold will portray Lenny; Amanda Cirilli will play Chick; Christopher Nathan will appear as Barnette; and Jackson Trent will take the stage as Doc. Two doubles will make an appearance on stage before the start of the play.

Behind the scenes, nearly 20 crew members are responsible for the set, lighting, sound, stage management, costumes and props.

“The talent that came together to produce this piece is remarkable,” Walker said. “What’s special is that we have a lot of new faces working on the production. About half of the cast is new to PG (and) this is my first time directing here…”

Nationally acclaimed lighting designer Toni Sterling, based in Atlanta, provided her lighting design expertise for “Crimes of the Heart.”

“Toni’s design work can be seen in nearly every professional theater in the Atlanta area and in regional theaters across the country,” Walker said. “I expect audiences to be wowed by his work on this show. The lights alone are worth the price of a ticket.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO

  • What: Players Guild at the production of Sugar Hill’s “Crimes of the Heart”
  • When: 8 p.m. on Fridays, August 12 and 19; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays August 13 and 20; 3 p.m. on Sundays, August 14 and 21
  • Where: Eagle Theater, 5029 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill
  • Cost: $25 to $165
  • For more information: Click on here

FEATURED PHOTO: The Players Guild cast of Sugar Hill’s production of “Crimes of the Heart” rehearse for the play, which opens Friday, August 12, 2022 at the Eagle Theater in Sugar Hill. Photo courtesy of Players Guild at Sugar Hill.

Rachel J. Bradford