April 4 – April 28
By Beth Henley
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes, with one intermission.
Contains gunshots and haze.
Recommended ages: 14 & up.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Crimes of the Heart comes a breathtaking tall tale. 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.
Assistant Stage Manager
Toby Jaguar Algya
John Leonard Thompson
Talk-Back with Beth Henley
April 5, 8:00pm
Join playwright Beth Henley and Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson as they discuss Henley's play, Abundance, immediately following the performance.
March 19, 7:00pm
Prosser Library, One Tunxis Avenue, Bloomfield
March 28, 7:30pm
West Hartford Public Library, 20 S. Main Street, West Hartford
Senior Dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson gives community talks on each show in the season, at the Bloomfield and West Hartford Public Libraries.
Dinner + Design
April 10, 6:00pm
Properties Manager Todd Kulik from the Props Department shares what it takes to create the theatrical worlds of our season. Learn more about the magic that happens backstage while enjoying a pre-show dinner. (Dinner at 6 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain).
The Producer's Table
April 18, 5:45pm
Managing Director Mike Stotts hosts a pre-show dinner, where he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce a play. (Tour at 5:45 p.m. and Dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Join members of the cast and our Artistic staff for a free discussion, immediately following select 7:30 p.m. performances on Tuesday or 2 p.m. Wednesday matinees. FREE
LGBT Night Out
April 11, 6:15pm
Pre-show nosh and complimentary wine (plus drink specials at cash bar) for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patrons. FREE
Sunday Afternoon Discussion
Immediately following the 2 p.m. matinee. FREE
Join Yale University professor John Mack Faragher for a post-show discussion.
John Mack Faragher is Arthur Unobskey Professor of History, Professor of American Studies, and Director of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in southern California, where he attended the University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1967), and did social work, before coming to Yale (Ph.D., 1977). After fifteen years as a professor at Mount Holyoke College he returned to Yale in 1993. His books include Women and Men on the Overland Trail (1979); Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie (1986); Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992); The American West: A New Interpretive History (2000), with Robert V. Hine; A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from their American Homeland (2005); and Frontiers: A Short History of the American West (2007), with Robert V. Hine.
Open Captioned Performances
April 21, 2:00pm, 7:30pm
For patrons who are deaf or have hearing loss. FREE
Audio Described Performances
April 27, 2:00pm
For patrons who are blind or have low vision. FREE