Photo Flash: First Look at Marin Theatre Company's GOOD PEOPLE
Marin Theatre Company opens its 2013-14 Season with the Bay Area premiere of the national and Broadway hit play Good People by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Running for a limited time now through September 15. This new play will be directed by TraCy Young, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival regular, and feature a local cast that includes Bay Area and Sacramento veterans Amy Resnick, Mark Anderson Phillips, Anne Darragh and Jamie Jones. Opening night is Tuesday, August 27. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Margie, who has spent most of her life down on her luck, has never had it this bad. A middle-aged single mother with a disabled adult daughter at home, she is now unemployed, facing eviction and cut off from opportunity in South Boston, her insular working-class neighborhood. When Margie discovers that a high school flame is now a successful doctor, she swallows her pride and seeks his help, sparking questions about class, commitment and what it means to be a "good person."
Seen in 17 different cities during the 2012-13 season, Good People is currently the most produced play in America. Staged by the Manhattan Theatre Club, the play premiered on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in 2011 and ran for 128 performances. It won the 2011 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best play and was nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for best play, 2011 Drama Desk Award for outstanding play and 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new Broadway play.
Good People is Lindsay-Abaire's first play set in his hometown of South Boston. A smart, artistic, but poor youth, he earned a scholarship when he was 11 years old from the local Boys & Girls Club to attend Milton Academy in a wealthy Boston suburb. Lindsay-Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Rabbit Hole (2006), and his most recent work, Oz: The Great and Powerful, is the sixth highest grossing American film thus far this year, earning $491 million in revenue worldwide. MTC previously produced his play Fuddy Meers (1999) in 2011.
Good People features the MTC debut of TraCy Young. After "climbing to a place of prominence in the LA theater world and carving a loose niche for herself as a philosophical and somewhat post-feminist director" (LA Weekly) during her 14 years with Tim Robbins's the Actors' Gang, she has become a traveling regional theater director. Most notably, she has directed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival for four seasons - Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (co-adapted and co-directed with OSF artistic director Bill Rausch), The Imaginary Invalid and The Servant of Two Masters (both co-adapted with Oded Gross), and Luis Alfaro's Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
MTC's production features a cast of local actors, including returning MTC veterans Mark Anderson Phillips (last seen in February at MTC in Waiting for Godot), Amy Resnick (2006's Orson's Shadow), Anne Darragh (2007's The Good German) and Jamie Jones (2006's Displaced). Good People also features the MTC debuts of actors Ben Euphrat (Killing My Lobster, OpenTab Productions) and ZZ Moor (BATS Improv, National Theatre Conservatory graduate).
Photo Credit: Ed Smith
Jamie Jones (Jean), Amy Resnick (Margie) and Anne Darragh (Dottie)
Anne Darragh (Dottie), Amy Resnick (Margie) and Jamie Jones (Jean)