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Ohio Wesleyan Theatre and Dance Department to Stage Beth Henley's "Abundance" Feb. 1 - 4


January 5, 2007

The four pioneers in Beth Henley's play "Abundance" at Ohio Wesleyan University, Feb 1-4. Sophomore Tavish Miller as Will, senior Eric Carpenter as Jack, junior Bryn Trogden as Bess, and senior Diane Harvey as Macon.
Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present Beth Henley’s “Abundance” Feb. 1-4 in Chappelear Drama Center’s Studio Theatre. Henley is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Crimes of the Heart” and “The Miss Firecracker Contest.”

Described as a revisionist Western epic, “Abundance” tells the story of two mail-order brides in the Wyoming territory during the 1860s. The tender comedy follows the brides, Bess and Macon, throughout a 25-year relationship packed with hardships and opportunities in the Old West. The play premiered in 1990 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Amanda Plummer and Tess Harper.

“One of the biggest challenges has been locating authentic props and set pieces from the period, such as hair combs, pistols, and farm equipment,” says Bonnie Milne Gardner, department chairperson and director. “Because of the unique circumstance, our crew has been searching online, in flea markets, and in family attics.”

Designed by technical director Chadwyn Knutson, “Abundance” will debut at 8 p.m. Feb. 1-3 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 4. General admission tickets are $7, with discounts for students and senior citizens. Call 740-368-3855 for reservations.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.