Sarah McKereghan of Fairfax starring in Petaluma's Cinnabar Theater production of "Crimes of the Heart"
Sarah McKereghan of Fairfax, an actor, playwright, director and Artistic Director of RIPE Theatre, stars in the heartfelt, zany and irreverent "Crimes of the Heart."
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, “Crimes of the Heart” plays at Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma from Oct. 21 to Nov. 6, 2011.
The daughter of an actor and a stage manager, Sarah has studied with Bay Area companies such as A.C.T. and the California Shakespeare Festival. Although Shakespeare was her first passion, she discovered her love for writing and performing original scripts while getting a degree in Theatre Arts at Humboldt State University.
McKereghan has worked with local companies such as Upon These Boards, Combined Art Form Entertainment, and Last Planet Theatre Company. She is also a Board member of Upon These Boards.
"My parents met in the theater. My father was a character actor and my mother was a stage manager and worked the follow spot." said McKereghan.
"After getting married and having three kids my mother followed her passion into the medical field and became a nurse. My Father's career as an Equity regional actor brought us all out to the Bay Area from Wisconsin in the late 70s to work with Bill Ball at ACT in San Francisco," she said.
"I attended many rehearsals with my father and that is where I started my training as a young child. There was never anything else I was going to be or do."
"Although I love the work that I have been doing over the years, I have been wanting to get back to acting for other theatre companies for a while. Now that my girls are getting older, the opportunity to get myself out there seemed perfect and when I saw the audition notice for Crimes of the Heart I jumped at the chance," said McKereghan.
"It's a wonderfully written play, it's fun and hysterical and at the same time truthful and touching. It's a play that anyone with a family can relate to, but at the same time it's absurdly hilarious," she said.
Petaluma is closer than the city and from Fairfax it is a gorgeous drive through the back roads of Marin and Sonoma. I've also heard amazing things about Cinnabar Theatre for years so I was very grateful and honored to be cast as Lenny. She is such a wonderful character, so full. She's funny and sad, pathetic and inspiring all at the same time," said McKereghan.
"I think we all have a little bit of Lenny in us; taking care of other people's problems so we don't have to face our own."
Described as a "hurricane of hilarity and hurt" Beth Hensley's "Crimes of the Heart" is about the dysfunctional Magrath family and how they come together following tragedy.Tickets are $15 to $25 and reservations are recommend.
Cinnabar Theater is located at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, in Petaluma.
For tickets or more information call 707-763-8920 or visit www.cinnabartheater.org