Abundance
by Beth Henley
directed by Martin Benson
SEGERSTROM STAGE
October 16, 2015 - November 15, 2015

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1860.  A stagecoach pulls into a station in the middle of the Wyoming Territory. Off step two mail-order brides, one innocent and wide-eyed, the other spunky and assertive.  For the next quarter of a century, they struggle with the incongruities of fate while clinging to their dreams in a fierce and funny story set in a wild west that would have daunted even Thelma and Louise. Originally produced by South Coast Repertory 25 years ago, this dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart) has found a new life, both here and in New York, where The New York Times said its revival “makes you realize how much you’ve missed a playwright’s voice.”

Previews: October 16-22, 2015
Opening Night: October 23, 2015
Regular Performances: October 24 – November 15, 2015

Recommendation: Middle school and above. Abundance contains gun shots and the smoking of electronic cigars.

Running Time:: Approximately two hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.

Beth Henley was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play for Crimes of the Heart (produced at SCR in 2010). Her plays include The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Wake of Jamey Foster, The Debutante Ball (SCR world premiere, 1985), The Lucky Spot, Abundance (SCR world premiere, 1989), Signature, Control Freaks, Impossible Marriage, Ridiculous Fraud (SCR West Coast premiere, 2006), The Jacksonian and Laugh. Henley wrote the screenplay for the film version of Crimes of the Heart, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She also wrote the screenplays for The Miss Firecracker Contest, Nobody’s Fool, Trying Times and was a co-writer on True Stories. Henley is the Presidential Professor of Theatre Arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

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Cast
Larry Bates
Larry Bates (Professor Elmore Crome) is happy to be back at SCR. Some of his favorite SCR credits include Happy in Death of a Salesman, Ralph D in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Booth in Topdog/Underdog, Cory in Fences, Cactus in Mr. Marmalade and Youngblood in SCR and Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Jitney, for which he won an NAACP Theatre Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actor. This year, Bates had the distinction of representing SCR by being selected as a 2015 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. His other notable theatre credits include You Can’t Take it with You at The Antaeus Company and Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop directed by Roger Guenveur Smith at San Diego Repertory. His film and television credits include The Veronica Mars Movie, Lions for Lambs, “Dark Blue,” “The Unit,” “Bones,” “CSI: Miami,” “Numb3rs,” “Huff,” “The District,” “NYPD Blue,” “Boston Public” and “JAG,” among others. Bates is a graduate of The Theatre School, DePaul University. larrybates.me

Lily Holleman
Lily Holleman (Bess Johnson) appeared at SCR previously in The Trip to Bountiful and Circle Mirror Transformation. Her Los Angeles Theatre credits include Coney Island Christmas (Geffen Playhouse), Bleed Rail (The Theatre @ Boston Court; Ovation and LA Weekly Award nominee), Where The Great Ones Run (Rogue Machine), God Save Gertrude (Boston Court), Crumble: Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake (Moving Arts), All About Walken (Touring) and leads in LA’s Sci Fest 2014 and 2015. Holleman stars in the award winning film @urFRENZ, and recently appeared in and produced the newly completed dark comedy The Lady Killers (theladykillersmovie.com). Her other films include The Love Witch, Tenure and How I Got Lost. Her television appearances include “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Shameless,” “Southland,” “Key & Peele,” “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” and “Queen Sized.” Holleman also serves as the chairman of the board for The Los Angeles Breakfast Club and hosts a podcast about women in media called “Am I Right, Ladies?.” Follow her on Instagram & Twitter: @lilyholleman. This performance is dedicated to her mother, who showed her how to “walk and speak and fight and dream,” and to her father, who instilled in her a love for the western sky.

Adam Haas Hunter
Adam Haas Hunter (Jack Flan) made his SCR debut last season in The Whipping Man. He is the co-founder of Poor Dog Group, a Los Angeles-based arts collective. Hunter has appeared in The Great Divide by Lyle Kessler, The Importance of Being Earnest and Cymbeline at A Noise Within; Prometheus Bound at the Getty Villa; The Nether at Kirk Douglas Theatre; The Government Inspector and Dark Play or Stories for Boys at The Theatre @ Boston Court; The Walworth Farce at Theatre Banshee; Medea at UCLA Live; and Romeo i Julia 1968 with Ulysses Theatre in Croatia, to name a few. His appearances with Poor Dog Group include Brewsie and Willie (part of RADAR LA), The Internationalists and The Midnight Sun. Hunter has won or been nominated for Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly and Garland awards. He is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.

Daniel Reichert
Daniel Reichert (​William Curtis) appeared at SCR previously in The Trip to Bountiful, The Weir and Arms and the Man. His other theatrical productions include Bus Stop, Side Man and Enchanted April at the Pasadena Playhouse; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Burn This, Tale of Two Cities, Saint Joan, King Lear and Twelfth Night, and others at the American Conservatory Theater; The Cherry Orchard, Great Expectations and Awake and Sing! at A Noise Within; Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest at Intiman Theater; Arms and the Man and The Rivals at Portland Center Stage; The Misanthrope, Betrayal and The Elephant Man at Andak Stage Company; King Lear, Oedipus Rex and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at American Players Theater; Much Ado About Nothing at The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; The Rivals at Denver Center Theatre Company; and Orpheus Descending at New York Stage & Film. His film and television appearances include Batman Forever, “Major Crimes,” “Judging Amy,” “Charmed,” “Get Real,” Prophet of Evil, Dead in the Water and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.” He received his BA from Vassar College and his MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.

Paige Lindsey White
Paige Lindsey White (Macon Hill) is honored and thrilled to debut at SCR in Abundance. Earlier this year, she played Eliza Doolittle in Pasadena Playhouse’s production of Pygmalion. Her other stage credits include International City Theatre in Trying, Ghost-writer and The Heir Apparent; Arizona Theatre Company and Indiana Repertory Theatre in Other Desert Cities; Theatre @ Boston Court in RII and The Children; 24th Street Theatre in Walking the Tightrope; and Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble in Wounded. She earned her MFA in acting from UCLA. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre L.A., Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble and was formerly with the The Actors’ Gang, with whom she internationally toured with The Trial of the Cantonsville Nine. Her television credits include “Shameless,” “Days of Our Lives” and “TV Funhouse.” She is a L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle Award winner for Lead Performance and has received two Ovation and LA Weekly nominations for Best Actress and Best Ensemble. paigelindseywhite.com
Creative Team

Martin Benson (Director), co-founder of SCR, has directed nearly one-fourth of SCR’s productions. In 2008, he and David Emmes received the Margo Jones Award for their lifetime commitment to theatre excellence and fostering the art and craft of American playwriting. They also accepted SCR’s 1988 Tony Award for Outstanding Resident Professional Theatre and won the 1995 Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for Lifetime Achievement. Benson has received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Achievement in Directing an unparalleled seven times for George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, Misalliance and Heartbreak House; John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Sally Nemeth’s Holy Days; and Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, which he also directed at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Houston’s Alley Theatre. He has directed American classics such as A Streetcar Named Desire and has distinguished himself in staging contemporary work, including the critically acclaimed California premiere of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands. He directed a revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful and Samuel D. Hunter’s The Whale and Rest (world premiere) and The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez. Benson received his BA in theatre from San Francisco State University.


John Iacovelli (Scenic Design) designed the world premiere of Wole Soyinka’s Oedipus at Colonus for the Cultural Olympiad in Delphi, Greece, and the world premiere of a full-length dance based on the classic film Casablanca at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. He designed the acclaimed recent productions of Waiting for Godot and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum. His memorable designs at SCR include Rest, Silent Sky, Noises Off, Talley’s Folly, The Philanderer, Heartbreak House (LADCC) Oleanna, The Company of Heaven, Shadowlands, Frankie and Johnny In the Clair de Lune, Faith Healer, and 12 others. He has designed more than 300 plays and musicals at most major theatres in the United States. Iacovelli received a prime time Emmy Award for the A&E broadcast of the Broadway production of Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby. He has an MFA in scenic design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.iacovelli.com


Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design) returns to SCR where she has designed costumes and/or sets for more than 40 productions, including Peter and the Starcatcher, The Whipping Man, Rest, The Whale, The Trip to Bountiful, The Weir, Circle Mirror Transformation, Crimes of the Heart, Ordinary Days and The Happy Ones. She has designed more than 60 productions for Chautauqua Theater Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe, Pasadena Playhouse, Georgia Shakespeare, A Noise Within and many local theatres. She has worked extensively in film and television in the U.S. and Romania and has design credits with I.R.S. Media, Cannon Films, PBS, Full Moon Entertainment and Romanian Films. Calin is a resident artist at A Noise Within Theatre. She graduated with an MFA in set and costume design from the Academy of Arts in Bucharest, Romania.


Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Design) is a professor at the University of California, Irvine, and a professional lighting designer. He has designed for various regional theatres, such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Syracuse Stage, Arizona Theatre Company, Great River Shakespeare Festival, East West Players and Utah Shakespearean Festival. Among the productions he has designed at SCR are OZ 2.5, The Whipping Man, The Long Road Today (El Largo Camino de Hoy), 4,000 Miles, Absurd Person Singular, Three Days of Rain, La Posada Mágica, Ordinary Days, Saturn Returns, Goldfish, An Italian Straw Hat, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Doubt, My Wandering Boy and Blue Door. His recent designs include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Venus in Fur at San Diego Repertory, Chinglish at East West Players, SEED: A Weird Act of Faith for Cornerstone Theater Company, where he is an associate artist and The Glass Menagerie and Much Ado About Nothing at Great River Shakespeare Festival. He also was a designer for Universal Studios Japan. He is a member of the United Scenic Artist/IATSE—Local 829. His complete design portfolio can be found at www.lradesigns.com


Michael Roth (Original Music/Soundscape) returns to SCR where his work has been heard in 55 productions, including The Whale and the world premieres of Rest, Mr. Marmalade, Wit, Brooklyn Boy (also Broadway) and Dinner with Friends and Sight Unseen (both also off-Broadway). His recent projects include two collaborations with Christopher Plummer, his one-man show A Word or Two (Stratford Festival and Los Angeles) and The Tempest (Stratford Festival, Bravo); many collaborations with Randy Newman including musical direction/arrangements for Disney’s Princess & The Frog and Faust (including the recent City Center/Encores concert version), and editing five songbooks; Jews & Baseball (documentary/PBS); many productions as La Jolla Playhouse’s resident composer; collaborations with, among many others, Stacy Keach (Henry IV in Washington DC), Culture Clash, Dan Sullivan, Des McAnuff, Sarah Ruhl, Mac Wellman, Anne Bogart, the United Nations and Tom Stoppard (including the American premieres of Indian Ink and Invention of Love); a Sundance film composer fellowship; and accompanying singers from Alicia Keyes to Alice Ripley. His opera Their Thought & Back Again is available via iTunes. His upcoming projects include his chamber music/theatre treatment of Beckett’s Imagination Dead Imagine, Fats November (piano sonata), and a new opera for YouTube. For more information: rothmusik.wix.com/rothmusik


Talia Krispel (Stage Manager) is excited to be back at SCR! She received her MA degree in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University in May 2012. Some of her credits include SCR’s 35th annual production A Christmas Carol, Guys and Dolls, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Clay Aiken and Tony Nominee, Keala Settle), The Sound of Music, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Radio City Musical Hall Christmas Spectacular, Inherit the Wind (starring Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy), Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original Broadway company), the Broadway workshop of Legally Blonde and The Times They Are A-Changin’ (directed/choreographed by Twyla Tharp). Krispel is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. This performance is dedicated to Mychal Adair-Lynch and Dad. taliakrispel.com


Jessica Aguilar (Assistant Stage Manager) is honored to be making her SCR debut with Abundance. Her credits include Pasadena Playhouse: Real Women Have Curves, A Night with Janis Joplin, Waterfall, Pygmalion, Stop Kiss, 12 Angry Men, Intimate Apparel, Blues for an Alabama Sky; Geffen Playhouse: reasons to be pretty, Death of the Author; the pre-Broadway tour of One Night with Janis Joplin concluding at Arena Stage; Marin Theatre Company: Fences, In the Red & Brown Water; Pasadena Civic: The Real Love; Los Angeles Theatre Center: The Vault: Unlocked; Devil’s Advocate, Dementia; Cygnet Theater: Man of La Mancha, Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Fully Committed. Aguilar is a graduate of UCLA and a proud member of Actors Equity.

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