Beth Henley's Abundance Will Play Hartford Stage; Casting Announced

By Adam Hetrick
February 15, 2013

Beth Henley's 1990 play Abundance will star Monique Vukovic and Brenda Withers as two mail-order brides on the American frontier at the end of the 19th century; performances begin April 4 at Hartford Stage.



Jenn Thompson (Lost in Yonkers, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) will stage the production that officially opens April 12 for a run through April 28. Henley is also the playwright of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Crimes of the Heart.

Here's how the play is billed: "Wickedly funny and deeply touching, Abundance follows the adventures of Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides, on their twenty-five year journey across the American frontier and revels in their lifelong friendship - a bond strong enough to withstand a kidnapping, outrageous catastrophes - and even husbands."

The cast features Vukovic (Housebreaking) as Bess and Withers (The Tempest) as Macon, Kevin Kelly (Richard III) as William, James Knight (Measure for Measure) as Jack and John Leonard Thompson (Crime and Punishment) as Elmore.

Abundance will have set design by Wilson Chin, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, costume design by Tracey Chrsitensen and sound design by Toby Alyga.

Henley's plays also include The Jacksonian, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot and The Wake of Jamey Foster.

For tickets and more information, phone (860) 527-5151 or visit hartfordstage.org.