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<i>Crimes of the Heart</i>

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JENNIFER Jane (left) and Brenda Adelman share a tender moment.

"We don't get to choose our families, but we all have them," she offered.

Each sister uses humor to deflect pain, making this production a funny Southern melodrama, she added.

"I love this play as an actor and as an audience member because it mirrors real life," said Mary G. Guaraldi, producing artistic director of Canyon Moon Theatre. "It's a wacky comedy that can make you laugh and cry together."

Miller received a B.A. from the University of Vermont, majoring in psychology, and minoring in theater. She has studied Street Theater in Paris, France, at the Friches Theatre Urbain, and attended workshops at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. Before seeing Danielle as Babe in Crimes of the Heart at CMTC, you may remember her as Catherine in Proof, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, or Deirdre in I Hate Hamlet from the 2003-04 season.

Jepperson was recently seen here as streetwise angel “ Marge” in the musical Suds last season. She attended Juilliard’s School of Acting and has continued to perform professionally full time as a singer, musician and actress. She is a songwriter, musical arranger and wrote, arranged and produced the music for Sedona’s first TV commercial that aired throughout Arizona and Nevada. Jepperson also performs in one of Sedona’s popular duo’s, Tom & Shondra, and she teaches private voice lessons.

Born under California sun, Martinez got his start at Canyon Moon Theatre performing in such plays as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and The Sunshine Boys. His training comes from both West and East Coasts, including the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and HB Studio where he's currently studying his craft. For the past two years, Evan has been working in New York where he just finished starring in an independent film as well as the regional theatre premiere of Crucify.

Marshall has appeared in numerous Zaki Gordon films and was last seen on stage in Play On with Old Town Players, a community theater troupe based in Clarkdale. When he's not performing, Marshall is promotions director at Yavapai Broadcasting.

Beth Henley first took the spotlight when Crimes of the Heart won the Great American Play Contest, sponsored by the Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, Ky. The play went on to win several more awards, including the coveted New York Drama Critic’s Circle prize. Henley also received a Tony nomination, and later, an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. General admission tickets are $17; full-time students are $10. Tickets for Wednesday, May 11, and all Thursday performances are $13.

For more information or to reserve tickets for Crimes of the Heart, call Canyon Moon Theatre Company at (928) 282-6212 or visit the Web at www.canyonmoontheatre.org. Tickets are also available at Rycus Corners in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona Books & Music in the Bashas' Shopping Center.

Canyon Moon Theatre is located at 1370 W. Arizona 89A in the Old Marketplace in West Sedona.

Subscribe to the Canyon Moon e-mail list so that you never miss a production or a poetry slam or a special event. To subscribe, call Canyon Moon at (928) 282-6212.

CMTC is a professional non-profit theater that serves the northern Arizona community and its guests.

Betteanne Rutten contributed to this story.

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