Home in Her Heart

Home In Her Heart by Margaret Morrison, a new production of the 1930s lesbian love story

Starring Margaret Morrison as Jimmie LeRoy and Ava Jenkins (Audelco Award Winner) as Claire Hicks

Directed by Cheryl King, Recorded piano solos and original composition by Cynthia Hilts

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"…like nothing you will see on any New York stage this season.". Gay City News

EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 19

Can the love of two women survive the black-white divide? In 1939 London, two American women, Jimmie LeRoy and Claire Hicks, have lived, loved, and performed together for three years. Jimmie has a lifetime of experience as a male impersonator. Claire, a talented pianist, is with a woman for the first time, and a white woman, at that. The gathering storm of war and a letter from home plummet them into the harsh reality of returning to a segregated U.S. As they pack to leave, the specters of exile, external hatred, and internalized homophobia make the very dream of their love seem impossible.

Excerpts from review by David Kennerley, Gay City News http://gaycitynews.nyc/hearts-in-exile/– “Is it worth fighting to stay together?” That’s just one of the urgent questions that keep us on the edge of our seats in this thoughtful, vibrant two-hander, written by the supremely multitalented Margaret Morrison, who also plays Jimmie. Sporting cropped, graying curled locks, she embodies the tormented performer with a heady mix of grit and tenderness. Her tap dancing is impressive as well.
Portraying Claire, Ava Jenkins is at her best during the ecstatic, hopeful moments — wrapped in Jimmie’s loving embrace or flush with excitement after playing an impromptu concert on the ocean liner bound for New York.
Staged with razor-sharp simplicity by Cheryl King, creator and producing director of Stage Left Studio, “Home In Her Heart” is much more than a gripping love story. Although set well over a half-century ago, the thorny matters of racism, sexism, and homophobia still resonate fiercely today.

From Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway http://www.talkinbroadway.com/ob/1_30_15a.html "You also feel the pain she is coping with due to the likelihood of losing it all, encapsulated so completely as Jimmie sings the Gershwin standard “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and Claire quietly replies, “Yes, they can.”"

Sun Feb 1 2:00
Sun Feb 8 2:00
Wed Feb 11 7:30
Wed Feb 18 7:30
Sun Feb 22 2:00
Fri Feb 27 7:30
Sat Feb 28 7:30
Tue Mar 3 7:30
Tue Mar 10 7:30
Tue Mar 17 7:30
Tue, Mar 24 7:30
Sun, Mar 29 2:00
Wed, Apr 1 7:30
Wed, Apr 8 7:30
Sat, Apr 11 7:30
Sun, Apr 19 2:00

Running time for this one-act is 85 minutes.

Tickets $22

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Not recommended for children. Partial nudity and sexual material.