Plays by Beth Henley

audio Abundance

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Crimes of the Heart comes this poignant but unromanticized story of the hard lives of pioneers on the high plains of Wyoming in the 1860's. 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. While waiting for their respective husbands-to-be, one bubbling with optimism, the other mousy and plain, the two women become instant best friends. 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., Gary Cole, Amy Madigan, Steven Weber and JoBeth Williams.

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

audio Crimes of the Heart

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

This Pulitzer Prize-winner is a deeply touching and funny play about three eccentric sisters from a small Southern town rocked by scandal when Babe, the youngest, shoots her husband. Humor and pathos abound as the sisters unite with an intense young lawyer to save Babe from a murder charge, and overcome their family’s painful past. A BBC co-production.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Ray Baker, Donna Bullock, Arye Gross, Glenne Headly, Sondra Locke and Belita Moreno.

Featuring: Ray Baker, Donna Bullock, Arye Gross, Glenne Headly, Sondra Locke, Belita Moreno

audio The Lucky Spot

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

It’s Christmas Eve, 1938, and 15-year-old Cassidy Smith is very pregnant with the child of 40ish Reed Hooker. Cassidy is desperate to marry Reed, Reed is desperate to open Louisiana’s hottest new taxi-dancing emporium and neither are prepared for the arrival of Reed’s wife, Sue Jack Hooker, a dangerous beauty who has just been let out of the penitentiary. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley spins one of her most colorful tales, as she follows a hilarious band of ne’er-do-wells trying to scratch dreams from the Louisiana mud.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jack Black, Brandon Maggart, Jim McLure, Laurel Moglen, Elizabeth Ruscio, Jean Smart and Kurtwood Smith.

Featuring: Jack Black, Brandon Maggart, Jim McLure, Laurel Moglen, Elizabeth Ruscio, Jean Smart, Kurtwood Smith

The American playwright Beth Henley first found critical acclaim in 1978 with Crimes of the Heart, which won the Great American Play Contest, the Pulitzer Prize for drama (1981), and a New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She is the author of the more recent plays Signature and Impossible Marriage, and has written various scripts for television and film including Nobody's Fool and a collaboration with Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne, called True Stories. She lives in California.