Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal

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Rehearsals began this week at Steppenwolf Theatre Company for the 2012/13 season opener, Good People, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire's surprising, humorous and deeply moving tale of a modern American story set in economically opposed South Boston and Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman directs Lindsay-Abaire's Steppenwolf debut, featuring ensemble members Alana Arenas, Mariann Mayberry and Molly Regan. Good People begins previews September 13, with an opening night slated for September 23, and runs through November 11, 2012, in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre. Get a first look at the cast in rehearsal in the photos below!

When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie's attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when she realizes the power a secret from Mike's past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind.

Steppenwolf's 2012/13 season, The Reckoning, explores the moment when we are called to account. Will our deeds be repaid? Will our secrets be revealed? Will we get what we deserve? Good People is one of five stories about what happens when the past comes knocking.

The cast of Good People features ensemble members Alana Arenas as Kate, Mariann Mayberry as Margaret, and Molly Regan as Dottie, with Will Allan as Stevie, Keith Kupferer as Mike, and Lusia Strus as Jean.

Director K. Todd Freeman has been a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 1993. At Steppenwolf he has appeared in The Brother/Sister Plays, The Tempest, Art, Topdog/Underdog, A Clockwork Orange, We All Went Down to Amsterdam, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (also on Broadway) and The Song of Jacob Zulu (also on Broadway; Tony Award nomination for Best Actor) and has directed "Master Harold"…and the Boys for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Additional directing credits include Need: Hedges 3 (Pine Box Theater Company); and A Raisin in the Sun (New York University, Graduate Program). Off-Broadway credits include Spunk, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (The Public Theatre); and Uncle Tom's Cabin (Drama Department). Regional credits include Miss Evers' Boys and Angels in America (Mark Taper Forum). Television and film credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue, A Different World, A Gifted Man, The Dark Knight, The Cider House Rules and Gross Pointe Blank.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Good People, premiered on Broadway last season, and was awarded the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year, as well as two Tony Award nominations. His previous play, Rabbit Hole, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as five Tony nominations and the Spirit of America Award. David was nominated for a Grammy Award and two Tony Awards for his work on Shrek: The Musical for Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. Prior to that, David was awarded the Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theater lyricist. His other credits include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theater, David's screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman; Oscar nomination), as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney).

The production team for Good People includes: Walt Spangler (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Kevin Rigdon (lighting design), and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design and original music). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting), Christine D. Freeburg (stage manager) and Michelle Medvin (assistant stage manager). Photos and bio information for all artists are available upon request.

For tickets, show schedule and more information, visit steppenwolf.org

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America's longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces-the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. 

Photo Credit: Joel Moorman

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (center) directs ensemble members Mariann Mayberry (left) and Alana Arenas (right)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble member Mariann Mayberry (center) rehearses a scene with Keith Kupferer (left) and ensemble member Alana Arenas (right)

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Keith Kupferer with ensemble members Alana Arenas and Mariann Mayberry

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Keith Kupferer and ensemble member Alana Arenas

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble member Mariann Mayberry

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble member Molly Regan and Lusia Strus

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble members Alana Arenas and director K. Todd Freeman with Keith Kupferer and Lusia Strus

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Keith Kupferer

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal
Ensemble members Alana Arenas and Mariann Mayberry

Photo Flash: First Look at Steppenwolf's GOOD PEOPLE in Rehearsal

 

 

 

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