- Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1981 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play, the 1981 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Play, and the 1982 Theatre World Award. In addition, it was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Play.
- Author Beth Henley grew up in Mississippi with three sisters and has stated that her own experiences influenced the story of Crimes of the Heart.
- The 1986 movie of the same name had a screenplay that was also penned by Beth Henley and starred Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay.
In Crimes of the Heart, there are an unusual amount of "consumable" props – that is, props that need to be replaced every show. When Meg eats an apple on stage, it's merely an apple to our audience – but to our props department, it's one of 79 apples used through the course of the run. That amounts to a lot of ongoing preparation!
Here are a few of the consumable props in Crimes of the Heart, by the numbers:
- 2844 matches
- 2607 birthday candles
- 948 chocolates
- 158 lemons
- 79 packets of oatmeal
- 79 newspapers
- 79 cakes