Beth Henley's play Crimes of the Heart, winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a rich resource of scenes for young females.
Please note that this is the second of a two-part article. The scenes described below come from Acts 2 and 3 of the play. For six scenes from Act 1 plus setting and character descriptions, please click here.
Act II: 3 Scenes
1. Characters: Babe and Lenny
Lenny complains that Meg told hospitalized Old Granddaddy all sorts of lies about her successful Hollywood singing career and then goes on to complain that Meg was the sister who always got whatever she wanted. Babe wonders if Meg's problem is that she is the one who found their mother after the suicide and she fills Lenny in on some of Meg's past behavior. Then they discuss how Meg abandoned Doc Porter after he was injured in a hurricane.
Babe: Lenny, hi!
Babe: I guess I don't have any room to talk, cause I just don't know.
2. Characters: Babe, Lenny, and Meg
The sisters look at Babe's photo album and reminisce about their parents and the cat and about being little girls at their mother's funeral. Lenny scolds Meg for eating her box of birthday candy. Babe gets mad at Meg for letting Lenny know that Meg knows about Lenny's Lonely Hearts Club man. Meg criticizes Lenny for being stupidly influenced by Old Granddaddy.
Babe: I just hate it when you make Lenny cry!
3. Characters: Chick, Lenny, and Babe
Chick gives Lenny a list of people to call to notify them that Old Granddaddy has slipped into a coma. Lenny regrets her fight with Meg and bemoans the fact that she herself has no talent. Babe assures Lenny that she certainly does have talent.
Chick: Lenny! Oh, Lenny!
Babe: Life sure can be miserable.
To view these scenes in Act 2, click here.
Act III: 3 Scenes
1. Characters: Meg, Lenny, and Babe
Lenny and Babe cannot control their laughter as they try to tell Meg about Old Granddaddy's coma. Meg and Babe convince Lenny to call the man from the Lonely Hearts Club. Babe shows Meg some extremely incriminating evidence that her lawyer has obtained-photographs of her with the 15-year-old boy.
Babe: Ah, Meg--
Meg: I won't. I won't tell Lenny.
2. Characters: Chick, Lenny, and Babe
Lenny reports that she was just too nervous to call the Lonely Hearts Club man. Chick comes over to criticize Meg and "you trashy MaGraths and your trashy ways" and Lenny explodes. She finally stands up to Chick and then chases her out of her house with a broom!
Lenny: I just couldn't do it! I couldn't make the call!
Chick: You're crazy! Help! Help!
3. Characters: Meg, Babe, and Lenny
Meg finds Babe with her head in the gas oven. She pulls her out and listens as Babe explains how she now knows why their mother hung the cat along with her. Meg assures Babe that her husband is trying to bluff her by saying he will have her declared insane and locked in an asylum. Babe realizes that with her two sisters, she will never be alone. Meg and Babe surprise Lenny with a birthday cake that is a day late and covered with lots of flickering candles.
Meg: Babe! Oh, my God! What are you doing?
Lenny: Oh, how I do love having birthday cake for breakfast! How I do!
To view these scenes in Act 3, click here. (Note: The video incorporates the script's Act 3 into Act 2, so you will need to slide ahead to reach the Act 3 scenes.)
Reminder: This is the second of a two-part article. For six scenes from Act 1 plus setting and character descriptions, please click here.