Heartland Actors inaugural production, Ariel Dorfmans’s Death and the Maiden, was performed at the Wheeler Arts Community Theatre, located in historic Fountain Square. Directed by Nick Carpenter, Death and the Maiden featured company members Lauren Morris, Michael Shelton, and Ben Tebbe. The show was produced under the Members’ Project Code with permission from Actors’ Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers.
Death and the Maiden is a very intense piece being performed by a new group of Equity actors who have dubbed themselves the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre. For theater patrons, there are two major boons to HART shows: They are performed by top-notch actors and admission to performances is donation-only, so anyone can afford good theater. Death and the Maiden makes good on these promises. While a donation of $15 is suggested, it is not required, and the quality of the performance is on par with any other that comes with a significantly higher price tag. Director Nick Carpenter crafts a show that keeps audiences tightly strung, waiting to see what will happen. In all, it’s a corker of a show. Nuvo Newsweekly