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Beth Henley

Beth Henley is a playwright and screenwriter whose play Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She was nominated for a Tony Award for the play, and her adaptation for film was nominated for an Oscar as Best Adapted Screenplay. Her other plays include The Miss Firecracker Contest (1979), The Debutante Ball (1985), and Ridiculous Fraud (2007), and her screenplays include Nobody’s Fool (1986) and True Stories (1986).


Ed Harris (as Dr. Bill Perch) and Amy Madigan (as Susan Perch) in The Jacksonian, which premiered in February 2012, at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, directed by Robert Falls. (All photographs by Michael Lamont)

The Jacksonian

Fall 2013 | Plays

CHARACTERS(In order of appearance)BILL PERCH, a dentist and motel resident ROSY PERCH, daughter of Bill and Susan Perch EVA WHITE, a waitress and motel maidFRED WEBER, a motel bartenderSUSAN PERCH, wife of Bill Perch, mother of Rosy SE [...]