Thursday, September 11, 2014

Clairemont Act One Presents: "Crimes of the Heart"

Here’s a trivia question for Clairemont residents: What does Clairemont have now that it didn’t have three years ago?  Answer: A community theatre company! Clairemont Act One Community Theatre was founded in 2011 by Katie Turner, who simply put a notice in the Clairemont Community News asking for anyone interested in community theatre to drop her a line.  A meeting of those responding was held, and Clairemont Act One was born.

The first production opened in time for Halloween 2011, and was an evening of dramatic readings of scary stories.  This was followed in December with a radio show production of A Christmas Carol.  Soon after, CAO grew to producing full length plays, beginning with Steel Magnolias in the spring of 2012, and followed several months later with Neil Simon’s California Suite.  They have also performed an original, full length play, Clued In, written by two of Clairemont Act One’s very own members. In addition, they’ve produced an evening of One Act plays and two fundraiser variety shows  CAO is currently hard at work on their ninth production , Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, which opens their fourth season on October 17th.

Crimes of the Heart is about three eccentric, disaster-prone Southern sisters. Set in Hazelhurst, Mississippi in 1974, this dark comedy tells the story of sisters reunited in the wake  of a bizarre crime.  Joy at their reunion soon fades as each sister is forced to face her past in order to save her future.  Will Babe go to jail?  Will Meg get back her singing voice?  Will Lenny's shrunken ovary stand in the way of true love?  Follow these women on a hilarious journey as they try to find their way back to themselves.  (Not recommended for children under 16.)

Crimes of the Heart premieres Friday, October 17 at the Northminster Community Hall, 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117. There will be three performances, Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th at 7:00PM, and Saturday the 18th at 1:00PM.  Tickets are $10 with a senior price of $7 available for the matinee performance for only. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office the day of the performance.

Plans are also in the works for Theatricks 2015 a variety show and fund raiser to be held on Friday, January 30 at the Tango del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St, San Diego, CA 92109. Tickets for this special event will be $20 and will include music, singing, dancing, comedy and drama.  All proceeds go to support CAO productions. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting event!

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a community to support a local theatre company. Clairemont Act One could not exist without help from you. If you’d like to donate to CAO,go to   and click on the “Support.  You can donate thru Kickstart or by becoming an Angel in our donor program.  Donate at the Producer level with a gift of $100 or more, at the director level with $50-$99 or the cast and crew level with a gift of $5-$49. All donations are tax deductable since Clairemont Act One is a non-profit organization. Your name will be featured in our programs.

Even more than money, community theatre  needs and thrives on an audience. Please join Clairemont Act One for their upcoming production and support community theatre in Clairemont!
Jean von Metzke & Katie Turner
Claremont Act One Community Theatre

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