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Free Film Series Explores Honoree Beth Henley’s Creativity

Free Film Series Explores Honoree Beth Henley’s Creativity

Writers are the unseen creative force behind many a great movie or play, as is the case of the William Inge Theatre Festival’s 2017 Honoree, Beth Henley.

So the community can get to know the writer’s work, the William Inge Theatre Festival will conduct it second annual free movie series, featuring films by Beth Henley. There is no admission charge, thanks to local sponsors.

Three films will run on Sundays at 1p.m. at the Independence Cinemas.

The first film by Beth Henley screens Sunday March 12. Nobody's Fool is a 1986 romantic comedy starring Rosanna Arquette, with Mare Winningham. The lead character of Cassie (Arquette) seeks love and escape from her mundane life. A traveling Shakespeare troupe offers a community acting workshop in her small town, which Cassie attends, and where she meets a handsome backstage tech, played by Eric Roberts.  Can she trust this stranger offering romance?  Or, will she find that, in the words of the Bard, "the course of true love never did run smooth"? Rated PG-13. Sunday March 12 at 1pm.  The film is sponsored by Express Personnel, of Independence.

Sunday, March 26, at Crimes of the Heart, from 1986, with screenplay by Beth Henley, from her Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name. It tells the story of the three eccentric Magrath sisters--Babe, Lenny, and Meg--who reunite in their family home in Mississippi to regroup and settle their past. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed. Starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. Rated PG-13. Sunday March 26 at 1pm.

The Miss Firecracker Contest (1989)-, is a light-hearted send-up of Americana. Holly Hunter plays a woman determined to win the Yazoo City Fourth of July beauty pageant. Meanwhile, a ne’er do well cousin schemes to sell the family estate. With Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins and Scott Glenn. Rated PG. Henley also wrote this screenplay as well as the stage version. Sunday April 9 at 1pm.

Beth Henley will be in Independence for the 36th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival, April 19-22. For more information, visit or call (620) 332-5491.


Independence Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.