GOOD PEOPLE Cast and Creative Team Announced for The Old Globe
The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the San Diego Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, the award-winning play about class divisions in modern-day Boston. Directed by Paul Mullins, Good People will run Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run Sept. 29 – Oct. 3. Opening night is Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
Margie Walsh doesn't expect much from her hand-to-mouth existence in South Boston, where a few lucky rounds of bingo can mean the rent is paid on time. After losing her job at the local dollar store, Margie reaches out for help to an old high school flame who made it out of the neighborhood, and she soon discovers that not everyone wants to remember their humble beginnings. A funny and insightful new play, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People explores whether we can all have the American Dream.
Eva Kaminsky makes her Globe debut as Margaret, a hard-luck single mother trying to scrape together a better life for herself and her daughter. Kaminsky was recently in the Broadway company of The Lyons and has appeared Off Broadway in The Language Archive, Made in Poland, 'Nami and The Safety Net.
R. Ward Duffy plays Mike, a doctor who has escaped South Boston and is confronted with his upbringing when Margaret arrives on his doorstep. Duffy most recently appeared in the world premiere adaptation of Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage and performed in New York at Lincoln Center Theater, New Dramatists and Cherry Lane Theatre.
Old Globe Associate Artist Robin Pearson Rose appears as Dottie, Margaret's foul-mouthed, bingo-playing landlady. Rose has appeared at the Globe in August: Osage County, Vincent in Brixton, Da, All My Sons (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Voir Dire and Dancing at Lughnasa, Wonderful Tennessee and Remembrance. She has also appeared on Broadway in Holiday and The Visit.
The cast also includes Carol Halstead as Jean, Nedra McClyde as Kate and James McMenamin as Stevie. Halstead recently appeared in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man and has been seen Off Broadway in The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles, Walking Down Broadway, Easter Candy, The Mask and The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy. McClyde is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and received a 2011 New Dramatist Charles Bowden Actor Award for Miss Evers' Boys at the Red Fern Theatre Company. McMenamin was most recently seen in The Bad Guys directed by Hal Brooks at Second Stage Theatre. His Off Broadway credits include Suicide, Incorporated at Roundabout Theatre Company, Middletown at Vineyard Theatre and David Cromer's acclaimed staging of Our Town at Barrow Street Theatre.
The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Alison Cote (Stage Manager).
Good People is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Alan Benaroya, Silvija and Brian Devine, Mickey Stern, US Bank, Inn at the Park and Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.
David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist whose play Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway and went on to receive the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Spirit of America Award and five Tony Award nominations. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tonys (Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score) for his work on Shrek the Musical. Prior to that, Lindsay-Abaire was awarded the 2008 Kleban Prize as America's most promising musical theater lyricist. Good People premiered on Broadway in 2011 starring Frances McDormand and was nominated for the Tony for Best Play. Lindsay-Abaire's other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. His screen credits include his adaptation of Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckart and Dianne Wiest and directed by John Cameron Mitchell as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful directed by Sam Raimi (Disney).
Paul Mullins (Director) returns to The Old Globe where he directed the Shakespeare Festival productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Mullins is a company member at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and has directed their productions of The Liar, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Noises Off, Private Lives, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Richard II, Tartuffe and The Threepenny Opera, among others. His regional credits also include Tynan, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Seafarer, Fat Pig, This is How It Goes and The Russian National Postal Service (The Studio Theatre), You Can't Take It with You (Chautauqua Theater Company), Heroes, The Center of Gravity, Third, Trying, Lettice and Lovage and True West (Portland Stage), The Whore and Mr. Moore and Superior Donuts (Dorset Theatre Festival), I'm Connecticut, Urinetown and The Comedy of Errors (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and The Swan, Reckless and Two Gentlemen of Verona (American Stage Theatre Company).
TICKETS to Good People can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Performances begin on Sept. 29 and continue through Oct. 28. Ticket prices start at $29. Performance times: Previews: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. Regular Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and no matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 20. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.