World Premiere of GOOD FOR OTTO to Run 10/1-11/22 at The Gift Theatre

The Gift Theatre's artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton announces the world premiere of psychological drama Good For Otto by Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe. Good For Otto is directed by Thornton and features Gift ensemble members Cyd Blakewell (Body + Blood), Brittany Burch (The Royal Society of Antarctica), John Connolly (The Royal Society of Antarctica), Paul D'Addario (The Royal Society of Antarctica), John Gawlik (The Lonesome West), Alexandra Main (Absolute Hell), Kenny Mihlfried (The Countess), Darci Nalepa (Othello), Lynda Newton (Body + Blood) and Jay Worthington (The Royal Society of Antarctica) with guest artists Patricia Donegan (Love and Money, Steep Theatre), Caroline Heffernan (In the Garden, Lookingglass Theatre), Donna McGough (Thinner Than Water, The Gift Theatre), Rob Riley (Cadillac, Chicago Dramatists) and Justine Serino (Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride, Babes with Blades). Good For Otto runs October 1 - November 22, 2015 at The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Avenue. Opening night is Monday, October 5.

Haunted by his own childhood, a psychologist tries to minister to the distressed souls who find their way to the doors of the health center he runs in a cluster of Connecticut hamlets and villages. Absurd at times, sadly comic and touching in the twists and turns of their simple humanity, men and women, young and old, rich and poor bring their pain in from the bucolic setting of trees, white churches, streams and mountains ranges for Dr. Michaels and his collogues with hopes of relief in the world premiere of this whimsical, yet tornadic, ensemble piece.

Playwright David Rabe received a Tony Award for Best Play in 1972 for Sticks and Bones and also received Tony Award nominations for Best Play in 1974 for In the Boom Boom Room, 1977's Streamers and 1985's Hurlyburly.

"What every playwright wants to know is that the people doing their play will love it and care for it," said Rabe. "I watched The Gift do a cold read of Good For Otto and was thrilled by what they did and revealed; the level of their acting is exceptional. Given their previous productions of my work as well as their strong reputation of supporting new plays, I'm excited by this opportunity to work with The Gift on the world premiere of Good For Otto. It needs a true ensemble with heart and smart, humor and hurt, and that is precisely what The Gift is."

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