Globe North Arts

Gloucester Stage presents prize-winning ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Photographs by Lydia A. Harris will be on view in Newburyport.
Photographs by Lydia A. Harris will be on view in Newburyport.

SOUTHERN SISTERS: Gloucester Stage wraps up its season with Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart” through Sept. 16. 

Set in Hazlehurst, Miss., the play follows the three Magrath sisters, Lenny, Babe, and Meg as they confront life head-on.

“Crimes of the Heart” was initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway. In 1981, it won the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. 


It was Henley’s first play and established her as a major voice in American theater. Henley also was nominated for an Oscar for her film adaptation of the play.

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The cast includes McCaela DonovanLiz HayesWill KearyLenni KmiecMelody Madarasz, and Liam McNeill, all making their Gloucester Stage debuts.

Carmel  O’Reilly, founder and artistic director of Boston’s Súgán Theatre, directs.

Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sept. 15; 4 p.m. on Sundays. Following Sunday’s performance, audience members are invited to a free discussion with the artists.

Tickets are $40, $35 for students and senior citizens. Gloucester Stage, at 267 East Main St., Gloucester, is air conditioned and handicapped-accessible.


Call 978-281-4433 or visit 

STUDENTS OF STEEL: The students of Zach Field Drum Studios  perform at the Firehouse Center for the Arts  in Newburyport next Sunday.

The drum studio, located in the Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport, has six percussion instructors and offers drum-set, mallet keyboard, steel drum, and hand percussion lessons.

It has six student steel drum bands and four weekly prekindergarten classes. Recently, the studio began offering lessons on Abelton Live, a computer program used to create live electronic music.

Sunday’s performance features the student steel drum bands, with members ranging from second grade through high school, playing traditional calypso, contemporary calypso, pop, reggae, and a few original compositions.


The high school advanced ensemble, which travels throughout New England playing at steel drum festivals and fairs, also performs.

Field, the owner and an instructor at the studio, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a bachelor’s degree in music performance.

In 1999, he started the percussion program in schools throughout the Pentucket Regional School District and served as director of the program for 12 years. Also in 1999, he founded Zach Field Drum Studios in West Newbury. Needing more space, the studio moved to Newburyport in March 2008. 

Field has taught at Salem State University and is a guest lecturer at UMass Lowell. He is founder of Plum Island Pans Steel Drum Band and The Gong Meditation Project. 

He also performs and records with different groups and musical artists.

Next Sunday’s show begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for students. Call 978-462-7336 or visit


AUTHOR’S CORNER: James W. Trent Jr., a professor of social work and sociology at Gordon College  in Wenham, is the author of “The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform.” The book is the first full-length biography of Howe – a Boston doctor, abolitionist, and advocate for the disabled – in more than 50 years. Trent, of Wenham, spent eight years doing research for the book.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Ephemera,” an exhibit of photographs by Lydia A. Harris, is at the Firehouse Center for the Arts  in Newburyport Wednesday through Oct. 7. A reception with the artist is 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Harris combines her fascination with light, form, the natural world, and the world created by humans into black-and-white photographic images. She is equally interested in capturing what we can and cannot see with the naked eye. . . . Maison de l’Art  in Nashua is displaying a collection of paintings by Gail Siergiewicz  Wednesday through Sept. 19. An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday. Siergiewicz, of Amherst, N.H., creates mixed media abstract paintings incorporating modeling clay, glass mosaics, canvas strips, and collage. She mixes her own paints, using acrylics, inks, mica, and gel mediums. Mica is a metallic substance found in stones. She also uses found objects, such as wire, glass, stones, shells, and antique objects. Some of her work is painted on glass, done primarily with alcohol inks.

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