Overview


Synopsis

When meek Bess Johnson and bold Macon Hill meet at a stage-coach stop in Wyoming Territory, they are united by their common purpose. Both mail-order brides, they have come West across the states during the era of expansion, looking for love and adventure, trusting in the abundance of life to shower them with both. The road to happiness is barred when Macon is paired with stolid, one-eyed Will Curtis, and Bess’ handsome new husband, Jack, turns out to be a cruel and neglectful man. The friendship of these two women is tested sorely over 25 years of fires, snowstorms, Indian kidnappings and extramarital affairs, Beth Henley’s rich, distinctive language is both plain-spoken and poetic, and the story of Bess and Macon is epic, yet intimate, full of shocking cruelty and sudden beauty.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1989
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
late 1860s - early 1890s, wyoming territory, st. louis, missouri
Cast Size
Ideal For
college / university theatre, community theatre, professional / regional theatre, small cast, adult cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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