Company of Fools to Present GOOD PEOPLE, 2/12-3/1
This February Company of Fools (COF) will present the critically acclaimed and award-winning play, Good People, by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. As part of The Center's multi-disciplinary project Creativity and Work, COF will present 13 public performances running from February 12 through March 1.
Guest Director and COF Company Member, Danielle Kennedy, returns to direct this Idaho premiere. The standout cast features local actors Jana Arnold, Jennifer Jacoby Rush, Denise Simone and Joel Vilinsky as well as guest actors Chris Carwithen (who last appeared in COF's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Nylda Mark(a New York City based actor making her COF debut).
Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People takes an affectionate look at the "haves" and "have-nots" through the eyes of characters who won't be ignored. The original stage presentation of Good People premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in 2011. After opening on Broadway later in 2011, Good People won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo - where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills... and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
American playwright and lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire was born on November 30, 1969 to a working class family of five in a rough South Boston neighborhood. His father sold fruit out of a truck in Boston's Chelsea Fruit Market, and his mother worked on a circuit-board assembly line. The young Lindsay-Abaire attended Boston public schools until the seventh grade, when he received a six-year scholarship to the Milton Academy, a private New England boarding school. Known to his classmates as the "funny one," he wrote what he called "terrible, terrible plays" as part of the school's tradition of presenting original student work. Lindsay-Abaire went on to study acting and writing at Sarah Lawrence College where he met actor Christine Lindsay. They married on April 9, 1994.
From 1996 to 1998 he attended the prestigious Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School on fellowship, where he studied with playwrights Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang and began writing his first off-Broadway hit, Fuddy Meers. Other successful plays quickly followed - Wonder of the World (2000); Kimberly Akimbo (2001), which received the L.A. Drama Circle Award for Playwriting, three Garland Awards, and the Kesselring Prize; and Rabbit Hole (2006). For Rabbit Hole a Pulitzer-prize winning drama about the loss of a child, he also wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film adaptation starring Nicole Kidman. Film writing credits include the movie Robots (2006) and the screenplay for Inkheart (2007). He also wrote the book for the musical High Fidelity and the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical.
Good People had its official opening on Broadway on March 3, 2011, with Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in the lead roles. Lindsay-Abaire lives in Brooklyn with his wife Christine and their two children.
Show sponsors for Good People are Linda & Bob Edwards, Marcia & Don Liebich, Main Street Market & John & Mary Ann Underwood. Company of Fools' 18th Season Sponsors are Cox Communications, High Country Fusion, Scott Miley Roofing and media sponsor The Weekly Sun.