Slide background

Millsaps College Visiting Writers Series Co-Sponsors Beth Henley Lecture

by Web on March 15, 2017

Pictured above, top row: Millsaps College Theatre Professor Peter Friedrich, director John Maxwell; bottom row: actors Sydney Blackwell and Michael Winslow

Beth Henley, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Jackson native, will deliver the Bettye Jolly Lecture, discussing her roots and her career, on Thursday, March 23 at 4:30pm in the Garden of the Eudora Welty House at 1119 Pinehurst in Jackson.

Crimes of the Heart, for which Henley received the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play of 1981, will be featured in two short scenes directed by John Maxwell and starring Sydney Blackwell as Meg and Michael Winslow as Doc Porter. They will reprise their roles from the 2015 production of Crimes at New Stage Theatre.

Peter Friedrich, Millsaps College assistant professor of theater, is producing the theatrical presentation. The English Department Visiting Writers Series is co-sponsoring this lecture, which takes place as part of the Millsaps College / Eudora Welty Foundation strategic partnership.

Suzanne Marrs, Eudora Welty Foundation Scholar-in-Residence and Millsaps professor emerita, will lead Henley in discussion with the audience after her talk. The program is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

The endowed Bettye Jolly Lecture, sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation, honors the late Bettye Jolly, a dedicated volunteer at the Eudora Welty House for many years.

Henley graduated from Murrah High School and Southern Methodist University, where she wrote and produced her first play. Crimes of the Heart was her first play to be professionally produced. She has written numerous other successful plays, scripts, and screenplays.

In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Recital Hall of the Millsaps College Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex.

For more information, call 601.353.7762 and visit