Crimes of the Heart

Crimes of the Heart

by Beth Henley
Directed by Katie Rodda
March 19 – April 16, 2011

Spend an evening with the sisters: Lenny, Meg and Babe as they wind their way out of trouble and into your heart. This Pulitzer Prize winner is a poignant, comical, touching story of life and love in Hazlehurst, Mississippi.

“From time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in our theatre …” New York Magazine


Aria Bruss (Meg Magrath) is a member of the Edgemar Theater Group in Santa Monica and happy to be back on stage after returning from England where she completed BADA’s (British American Drama Academy’s) Midsummer in Oxford program. With a degree from UCLA in Sociology, she’s a Youth Ambassador/Spokesperson to PRIDE, a UN-affiliated non-profit organization dedicated to orphans’ rights and literacy programs in China, the U.S., and Mexico. She wants more than anything, through Art, Love, and Laughter, to contribute positively and fearlessly towards the betterment and progress of a growing global society. This is Aria’s debut performance at SRT.

Brendan Cavalier (Barnette Lloyd) is the one of the founding members of Triad Productions and Circle Circle dot dot. He is very excited to be in his first show at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Brendan graduated from SDSU where he studied Theatre and Electrical Engineering. His favorite roles include Charlie Brown in Dog Sees God and Tom in Fat Pig for Innermission; Sigmund Freud/St. Thomas in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Father Welsh in The Lonesome West for Triad; Ferdinand in Love’s Labors Lost for BADA; and Ken in Rumors for Skull and Dagger at SDSU.

Calandra Crane (Chick Boyle) has a B.A. in Theatre from UCSD. She was most recently seen as Phoebe in the New Village Arts production of As You Like It. Other roles include Minnie in Engaged and Harper in Angels in America, parts I and II. During the day Calandra gets silly and messy as an outreach educator: she teaches hour-long science classes to kids in grades K-5 through the San Diego Natural History Museum and Mad Science!

Amanda Cooley Davis (Lenny Magrath) San Diego credits include: Expecting Isabel (Moxie Theatre), Side Man (BANG! Productions/Diversionary), Killer Joe (Compass Theatre), Trojan Women (ion theatre), A Christmas Carol (Cygnet Theatre), Terra Nova (Inukshuk Productions), The Deception (La Jolla Playhouse), The Long Christmas Ride Home (Diversionary Theatre), The Twenty-Year Package (Compass Theatre), The Bear (Tonic Productions/North Coast Repertory); more staged readings than you can shake a stick at in NYC and SD; three National Tours with Traveling Lantern Theatre. MFA in Acting, Brooklyn College; teaching artist with The Old Globe, Playwrights Project, North Coast Repertory, and The Bishop’s School. SRT debut!

Jon Maxwell (Doc Porter) is making his Scripps Ranch Theatre debut. Theater credits: The Country Club (OnStage Playhouse), Arsenic & Old Lace (Avo Playhouse), Taming of The Shrew (Coronado Playhouse), Cyrano de Bergerac, A Christmas Carol (Second Space); Commercials: Hooters, Cox Digital Services, Irvine Company, Think Blue; Television credits: LORe: The Vampire of Sacramento (airing this Spring on Investigation Discovery). Jon would like to thank Katie Rodda for this opportunity to perform, as well as the wonderful people at Shamon Freitas Talent Agency. For more info about Jon, visit

Sarah McKenna (Babe Botrelle) graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She has performed in plays in both Los Angeles and San Diego. Recent productions include: The Country Club at Onstage Playhouse, Romeo and Juliet with the Poor Players, and Re-Drowning Ophelia with the Playwrights Project. Sarah is excited to perform with Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Production Staff

Katie Rodda (Director) is happy to be returning to Scripps Ranch Theatre after directing last season’s Holiday Memories. Recent projects include Re-Drowning Ophelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wonder of the World, The Dining Room, The Boys Next Door, Viburnum, Damn Yankees, Bobby Gould in Hell, and countless plays for the Fritz Blitz. Katie holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara and is an associate professor of Dramatic Arts at San Diego City College. Thanks, as always, to CS.

Barbara Barber (Production Manager) is pleased to be producing again and working with such a talented cast and crew. This is Barbara’s seventh production at SRT, having produced Over the River and Through the Woods, The Shadow Box, The O’Conner Girls, Inspecting Carol, Sylvia and Scapino. Barbara has always enjoyed attending the theater and finds producing for SRT a very rewarding experience.

Josh Hyatt (Props Master) Executive Producer: Man of La Manch; Director: Maiden’s Prayer (A.D.), Come to Life, A Tuna Christmas, Hairdresser on Fire, Searching for Mr. Right, The Fantasticks, The World Goes Round, The Complete History of America, Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Born Yesterday and Assassins; Stage Manager: The Crucible and OR (Moxie Theatre); Moscow (Diversionary Theatre); Acts of Faith, Steel Magnolias and Don’t Dress for Dinner; Costume Designer and/or Props Master: Deathtrap, Zanna Don’t, The Lonesome West, Shopping and F***king, American Buffalo and Pirates of Penzance; Stage credits: Beyond Therapy; Twelve Angry Men, A Funny Thing…Forum, Sweeney Todd, etc.

Jessica John (Costumes) is a theater artist obsessed with clothes. She previously worked with SRT as director and costumer of Deathtrap. Her other costume designs include Man from Nebraska, Mauritius, Love Song (Cygnet Theatre); Humble Boy, True West, Sailor’s Song (SD Critics Circle Award – Best Costume Design), Three Sisters, and Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts Theatre);Hysterical Blindness, Closer, Wake of Jamey Foster and Boys Life (Backyard Productions). Jessica is a Cygnet Theatre Resident Artist. Love to my niece Jillian – fellow costume-lover.

Steve Murdock (Sound Design) has been a resident of San Diego for 11 years, and previously designed sound for SRT’s productions of Chapter Two, Not Now, Darling and Painting Churches.

Chad Oakley (Stage Manager and Lighting Designer) Recent work for Scripps Ranch Theatre includes lighting and producing They’re Playing Our Song, andstage-managing Play it Again, Sam and Chapter Two. Work at other theaters includes lighting designs for The Crucible, A Taffeta Christmas, Snoopy and Annie for Pickwick Players; Extremities, Rocky Horror Show, Country Club, Into The Woods, A Delicate Balance and Sealed For Freshness at OnStage Playhouse; Shadowlands, Costume Ball, Self-Help and Independence for PowPAC; and Dog Meets God and The Glory of Living for Innermission Productions.

Jacquelyn Ritz (Assistant Director) has called the San Diego area her home for just the past six months. Life before that included more than 15 years as a professional actor in and around Chicago, where she performed at such theaters as the Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory and the Kennedy Center, and also included working with some amazing directors, including Harold Prince. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity and AFTRA, and holds an MFA from the Asolo Conservatory. She has coached actors and taught various acting classes in the Midwest and is delighted to be assisting Ms. Rodda here “out west.”

Mark Robertson (Set Design and Construction) has designed, performed, and taught theater in San Diego for over two decades. Founder and Artistic Director of award-winning Icarus Puppet Company, he created sets, costumes, and puppets for 25 original productions, and entertained thousands of children and families throughout the western U.S. Recent design work includes masks, costumes, and puppets for Legoland, and a locally produced DVD series, Kibbles’ Rockin’ Clubhouse. He has created productions with Mainly Mozart, San Diego Opera, and Fern Street Circus. This is Mark’s first design on the SRT stage, and looks forward to future collaborations.

Katie Rodda (Director) see above.

Production Photos



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