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Criminal Hearts

Directed by Nichole Palmietto

Aurora Theatre hosts The Weird Sisters Theatre Project for their production of Criminal Hearts by Jane Martin, running June 12–22 in the Peach State Federal Credit Union Studio Theatre.

In total darkness, a burglar breaks into Ata’s apartment. She wakes and claims to have a gun. The burglar turns on a light revealing a luxury apartment totally denuded of furniture. Ata has been cleaned out by her lawyer husband. In revenge for his philandering, she slept with his best friend and he took all of the furniture in his rage. The burglar, actually a female grifter, and Ata join forces to take the husband for everything. The grifter and her male partner have lost their “shimmy,” the woman who pretends to the mark to have been victimized, and it is clear that Ata would make an excellent replacement. She eventually agrees and embarks on a life of crime. Fans of the author’s Talking With, Vital Signs, Cementville, and What Mama Don’t Know will delight in the quirky humor of this cross between Thelma and Louise and The Grifters.

“Loads of fun… Wonderful farcical comedy.”—The Detroit News


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About the Playwright

Jane Martin, a Kentuckian, first came to national attention for Talking With, a collection of monologues premiering in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 1982 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Since its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982, Talking With has been performed around the world, winning the Best Foreign Play of the Year Award in Germany from Theatre Heute magazine. Other work includes: Vital Signs, Cementville, Keely And Du (Pulitzer Prize nominee; 1994 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Award), Jack And Jill (1997 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Award), Anton In Show Business (2001 American Theatre Critics/Steinberg Principal Citation), Mr. Bundy, and Flaming Guns Of The Purple Sage. Good Boys premiered at Guthrie Theater in 2002.

From the Producers

“For our 2014 Summer Season (our 4th summer of production!), we wanted to share some special stories about unlikely friendships: between an agoraphobe and her would-be burglar, and between a new mother and a mysterious cowboy (who also just happens to be a woman). These stories challenge our traditional ideas of what Female Friendships can be—and how sometimes the more complicated a relationship becomes, the more value and worth it can hold for us. With two strong female directors at the helm of both shows (Nichole Palmietto and Jaclyn Hofmann) we’re very excited to share these fantastic, quirky, and lovable women’s journeys.”—Kelly Criss

“As Director of Education at Aurora Theatre, I was so excited when Anthony and Ann-Carol agreed to host The Weird Sisters last summer for Emilie, and it turned out to be such a great experience, we jumped at a chance to come back for another summer! All of the founding ladies have worked at Aurora in various ways (on stage and off), so we feel incredibly lucky to have found another home in Aurora’s Studio Theatre.”—Jaclyn Hofmann

June 11–22, 2014


Wednesday, June 11, 2014
($10 Preview)

Thursday–Saturday, June 12–14, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014
(Industry Night)

Wednesday–Saturday, June 18–21, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tickets $20


About the Weird Sisters Theatre Project

weird_sisters_logo The Weird Sisters Theatre Project was founded in 2012 by a coalition of artists associated with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. Our mission is to foster and cultivate opportunities for women in the theatrical arts. The Weird Sisters Theatre Project is committed to creating theatre by women, for everyone.

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For Tickets or Info about Weird Sisters next show, Late: A Cowboy Song, please visit http://weirdsisters.brownpapertickets.com/

Ata Sarah Elizabeth Wallis
Bo Tiffany Porter
Robbie Vinnie Mascola
Wib Matt Felten
Production Staff
Director Nichole Palmietto
Assistant Director Annie York
Set Designer Joel King
Lighting Designer James M. Helms
Sound Designer Daniel Terry
Costume Supervisor Kelly Criss
Props Designer Jaclyn Hofmann
Production Manager Veronika Duerr