Beth Henley’s Abundance Comes Home to South Coast Repertory, Quarter-Century After Its SCR World Premiere
COSTA MESA, Calif.—Twenty-five years ago, South Coast Repertory produced the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s Abundance. The story follows the epic adventures of two women in the American West of the late 19th century. Flash forward to 2015: the play is coming home. Abundance, directed by Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson, runs Oct. 16-Nov. 15 on the Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are now available at www.scr.org.
“To my mind, this is Beth’s best play,” said Benson. “It’s clever, funny and touching, with a certain sweetness to it. I loved this play when I first saw it—it goes so many places emotionally and physically and is set during a time when America continued forging ahead with efforts to make a nation—and I knew I wanted to direct it.”
Abundance is the story of Bess and Macon, mail-order brides, who are tenaciously hopeful as they head to the Wyoming Territory to meet their new husbands. Their epic adventure—which unfolds over the course of 25 years—is filled with joys, challenges and erratic twists of fate.
“I’m hoping someday things will be different and we’ll have an abundance,” the character Macon says at one point.
Henley was awarded the 1981 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); she also was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay adaptation of the play. Her long association with SCR includes the world premieres of The Debutante Ball (1985) and Abundance (1989), as well as the west coast premiere of Ridiculous Fraud (2006). Her other plays include The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Wake of Jamey Foster, The Lucky Spot, Signature, Control Freak and Laugh. She is on the theatre arts faculty at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
The cast for for Abundance includes Larry Bates, Lily Holleman, Adam Haas Hunter, Daniel Reichert and Paige Lindsey White.
The design and creative team includes John Iacovelli, scenic design; Angela Balogh Calin, costume design; Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz, lighting design; Michael Roth, original music and soundscape; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production manager is Jackie S. Hill and the stage manager is Talia Krispel.
Tickets start at $22. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.
Related Information for Abundance
Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the Box Office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Oct. 16-Nov. 15. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced previews run Oct. 16-22.
Performance Dates, Times:
- Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18, 20 and 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m.
Note: Friday, Oct. 23, is an invitation-only performance
- Regular performances
Special notes: There are no Monday performances.
- Evening Performances:
- Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Oct. 25, 27 and 28; Nov. 1, 3 and 4; and Nov. 8, 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 5-7, and Nov. 11-13, at 8 p.m.
- Saturdays-Sundays, Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, Nov. 7-8, and Nov. 14-15, at 2:30 p.m.
- ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2:30 p.m.
- Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Nov. 3. Discuss the play with cast members of Abundance during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Segerstrom Stage.
- Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 31, from, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from the production staff, revealing secrets and offering insights into SCR’s production of Abundance. Segerstrom Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.
Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.
Current and Upcoming Productions: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean (Through Oct. 11, Segerstrom Stage); Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (Oct. 4-25, Julianne Argyros Stage); Abundance by Beth Henley (Oct. 16-Nov. 15, Segerstrom Stage); A Year with Frog and Toad by Richard and Willie Reale (Theatre for Young Audiences, Nov. 6-22); A Christmas Carol adapted from Charles Dickens (Nov. 27-Dec. 27, Segerstrom Stage); The Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Loh (Jan. 3-24, 2016, Julianne Argyros Stage); and Red by John Logan (Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2016, Segerstrom Stage). The 19th annual Pacific Playwrights Festival runs April 22-24, 2016. More information is available at www.scr.org.
ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org