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From Beth Henley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Crimes of the Heart, comes this story of the hard lives of pioneers on the high plains of Wyoming in the 1860s. Macon and Bess are two mail-order brides, lured to the West by the promise of new beginnings through marriage to men they’ve never met. As Abundance follows the two women through their friendship and adventures for the next 25 years, this Western epic unearths the dark underside of American mythology.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:

Ed Begley, Jr. as Elmore Crome
Gary Cole as Jack Flan
Amy Madigan as Bess Johnson
Steven Weber as William Curtis
JoBeth Williams as Macon Hill

Includes a feature with Chris Enss, author of Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier.

Directed by Gordon House. Recorded before a live audience at KCRW Studios, Santa Monica in July of 1997.

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Beth Henley


Ed Begley Jr., Gary Cole, Amy Madigan, Steven Weber, JoBeth Williams

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978 1 58081 616 8

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