Mother Vera teaches Abyssinia folk medicine and that life is a mix of good and bad. After a long inner journey, Abyssinia is lifted out of the depression she was in, and Trembling Sally is redeemed as well.
The North Shore Music Theatre produced Abyssinia twice, once in 1995 and once in 2005. It also sponsored a reading in 1994 at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's New Works Festival. The 2005 production ran at the Schubert Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. It was directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood, with music direction by Michael O’Flaherty, lighting design by Kirk Bookman, and costumes by Pamela Scofield. The orchestra consisted of Michael O’Flaherty, Mark Pinto, Jay Daly, Walter Bostian, Ed Krauss, Michael Ambroszewski, and Gregory M. Brown.
Abyssinina was also presented three times by Goodspeed Musicals, in 1987 and 1988 at the Norma Terris Theater and in 2005 at the Goodspeed Opera House, directed by Stafford Arima and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood.
|Character||Musical Theater Works 1987||North Shore Music Theater 2005|
|Abyssinia Jackson||Jennifer Leigh Warren||Shannon Antalan|
|Mother Vera||Tina Fabrique||BJ Crosby|
|Trembling Sally||Karen Jackson||Uzo Aduba|
|Brother Samuels||Edward M. Barker|
|Patience Jackson||Cheryl Freeman||Karole Foreman|
|Selma||NaTasha Yvette Williams|
|Mavis||Angela Karol Grovey|
|Lily||Lisa Nicole Wilkerson|
|Jesse||Eric LaJuan Summers|