Monique Vukovic (Buddy Cop 2, Atlantic Theater Company and Housebreaking, Cherry Lane Theatre), Brenda Withers (Cyrano, Folger Theatre and The Tempest, The Pearl Theatre Company), Kevin Kelly (Henry V, Two River Theater Company and Richard III, The Public Theater), James Knight (Measure for Measure, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Alive and Well, The Old Globe) and John Leonard Thompson (The Pitmen Painters in Palm Beach and Crime and Punishment, Center Stage) make up the cast of Beth Henley's "Abundance," the next show for Hartford Stage.
Mississippi native Henley, known for her dark comedies of Southern women, won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for "Crimes of the Heart." She was also nominated for a 1987 Oscar for her screenplay adaptation of that work. She also did the screenplays to "Nobody's Fool" and cult fave "True Stoires," a collaboration with David Byrne and The Talking Heads. Her other plays include "The Miss Firecracker Contest," "The Lucky Spot" and "The Wake of Jamiey Foster." Her latest play, "The Jacksonian" played last year at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
According to the theater, "Abundance" centers on Bess and Macon, two mail-order brides, "on their 25-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."
Jenn Thompson, co-artistic director at The Actors Company Theater in New York, stages the play. Her New York credits iunclude "Lost in Yonkers" (2012 Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival of a Play) and Tennessee Williams' "The Eccentricities of a Nightingale," whichj the New York Times named "Top Ten for Theatre 2008"). She served as producing director for several seasons at Connecticut's River Rep at the Ivoryton Playhouse.
Information: 860-527-5151 and www.hartfordstage.org.
Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun