BGSU production portrays life of “Abundance”

Posted Feb 11th, 2013 by Jen Sobolewski  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Bowling Green State University Department of Theater and Film will present the dark, sometimes comic tale “Abundance” in performances over the next two weekends in the Eva Marie Saint Theater in the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Set in the 1860s, “Abundance,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley, tells the story of Macon and Bess, travelling into the exciting unknown of the Wyoming Territory. Chasing adventure and dreams of better lives, they naively answer a matrimonial ad, agreeing to become mail-order brides for Will and Jack. In no time at all, however, the two young women realize that their vision of what would be is very different from what they actually experience.

The harsh environment of the frontier, as well as the brutal and unsatisfying circumstances of their relationships with each other and with their husbands, leads Macon and Bess to betray what they once thought important. Competition, the fight for survival, the incessant need for material goods, and spite destroy the dreams of adventure and romance they once had, and the life of abundance they once sought.

Directed by Sara Chambers, the production features seniors Kendra Beitzel, majoring in theater and musical theater, as Macon Hill; Eli Brickey, specializing in acting and directing, as Bess Johnson; Casey Toney, also majoring in acting and directing, as William Curtis, and Dylan Stretchbery, who is majoring in English education with a minor in theater, as Jack Flan.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23; and at 2 p.m. Feb. 16, 17, and 23.

Tickets purchased online are $10 for adults, $7 for people over 60, $7 for non-BGSU students, and $1.75 for BGSU students. Tickets purchased by phone or at the box office are $12 for adults and $9 for people over 60 and all students. For ticket information, call 419-372-8171.

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