Beth Henley's Abundance, Tale of Mail-Order Brides in the Wild West, Begins at TACT Tonight

News   Beth Henley's Abundance, Tale of Mail-Order Brides in the Wild West, Begins at TACT Tonight
 
Abundance, Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley's tall tale set in the Great American West, begins performances Feb. 17 Off-Broadway at The Actors Company Theatre.

Tracy Middendorf
Tracy Middendorf Photo by Marielle Solan Photography

Directed by Jenn Thompson, the production offically opens March 1 and continues through March 28.

The cast includes TACT company members Kelly McAndrew (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ), Tracy Middendorf (Ah, Wilderness!), Jeff Talbott (Sly Fox) and guest artists Todd Lawson (Summer and Smoke) and Ted Koch (The Pillowman).

Here's how the show is billed: "In Abundance, the breathtaking tall tale of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of new beginnings. As wild and unpredictable as the untamed West itself, this fierce and funny adventure spans a 25-year journey, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship."

"I am thrilled that TACT will be kicking off 2015 with this wonderful, stirring play," Thompson said in a previous statement. "Ms. Henley, with her patented quirk and humor, has conjured a post-modern romance of the American West that is both epic and intimate in its approach. The result is a thoroughly modern and moving view of female friendship, ambition and betrayal."

The creative team comprises Wilson Chin (sets), Tracy Christensen (costumes), Philip Rosenberg (lights) and Toby Algya (sound). Erin Gioia Albrecht is production stage manager, and Kelly Burns is assistant stage manager.

TACT/The Actors Company Theatre is a company dedicated to presenting rarely-produced plays.

The Beckett Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street. Visit tactnyc.org for more information.

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