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  • SKU: 9780822204541
  • Brand: Dramatists Play Service Inc.
  • Type: Plays
  • Availability: In Stock

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THE STORY: The action takes place before a sod hut in the Kansas wilderness of the 1870s, where four frontier women wrest a living from the stubborn soil. The matriarch of the group is Ma, a feisty, resourceful survivor whose wanderlust is still strong and who inspires the others with her homespun wisdom and strength. With her are her daughter-in-law Sara, a hardworking young wife and mother who is content with life as she knows it; Etta, a young girl suffering the trauma of having been abducted by Cheyenne yet still optimistic that marriage and happiness may yet await; and Mrs. Nichols, a fastidious and refined Eastern lady forced to seek shelter with the others while her husband recovers from a critical illness. As they cope with wolf attacks, the constant fear of Indians, and the dismal isolation of the prairie, they talk of "going to see the elephant" - crossing the next hill to see what lies on the other side - and it is this sense of striving to achieve all that life can offer that gives the play its power and beauty - and makes it clear that the wilderness was not tamed by men alone.

A vivid, stirring and richly imaginative study of four pioneer women dealing with the harsh realities of life on America's frontier. A critical and popular success in its long-run production by the Los Angeles Repertory Company. "��it is a fine work, teeming with curiosity about life, courage, resignation to 'God's will,' enduring strength and the ability to take small joys wherever they can be found." - Drama-Logue. "��we find ourselves in the presence of dimensional creations, sharing their moments of sadness and joy, uplifted by their raw-boned dignity." - Los Angeles Magazine. "It is inspiring and it is inspired by four beautiful performances." - LA Times.

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