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Good Theater to Stage World Premiere of MAMA'S BOY


Good Theater is proud to present the world premiere of MAMA'S BOY, an exciting new play from Rob Urbinati the author of Death by Design. Broadway veteran, Betsy Aidem, plays Marguerite Oswald with Graham (The Rainmaker) Emmons as Lee Harvey Oswald, Laurel (The Rainmaker) Casillo as Marina Oswald and Erik (4000 Miles) Moody as Robert Oswald in this fascinating look at the mother and the family behind an event that changed the course of history. The show will open October 28 for a run through November 22.

Good Theater is the professional theater company in residence at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress Street, Portland. Tickets for MAMA'S BOY may be purchased by calling the Good Theater box office at 207-885-5883 or logging onto the company website, .

Performances for MAMA'S BOY are Wednesdays 7:00 ($22), Thursdays 7:00 ($22), Fridays 7:30 ($27), Saturday matinees 3:00 ($27), Saturday evenings 7:30 ($30) and Sunday matinees 2:00 ($30).

MAMA'S BOY is a family drama about Marguerite Oswald, her sons, Robert and Lee Harvey, and Lee's wife, Marina. With all that has been written about the subject of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the play takes a different approach and looks at the family behind the event. The play is told from Marguerite's point of view and concerns the relationship she had with her sons and her daughter-in-law.

Betsy Aidem (Marguerite), recently play Lady Bird Johnson to Bryan Cranston's LBJ in the Tony Award winning Best Play, All the Way. She has been seen as Carole King's mother in the Tony Award winning Best Musical, Beautiful. Betsy is currently on movie screens as Emma Stone's mother in the new Woody Allen film, Irrational Man. Her career has spanned such well-known shows as playing Shelby in the original off-Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias and Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind to film appearances in You Can Count on Me and Far From Heaven to television guest starring roles in Law & Order and The Big C.

Laurel Casillo (Marina) is also a Broadway veteran having made her debut in Act One which received five Tony Award nominations including Best Play. Last season Laurel starred as Lizzie in The Rainmaker at Good Theater. Since then she has appeared in the world premiere of Elevada at the Yale Rep and Talley's Folly at the Hanger Theatre.

Graham Emmons (Lee) is returning to Good Theater for his second show having played Noah in last season's The Rainmaker. He is a Chicago based actor recently seen as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose at the Raven Theatre Company and in Porcelain with the Prologue Theatre Company. He can also be seen in the indie film An American Terror.

Erik Moody (Robert) is a regular at Good Theater having appeared in 4000 Miles, Bedroom Farce, Striking 12, Forum and the annual Broadway at Good Theater events. In addition to his stage work, Erik has been seen in the award winning web series Ragged Isle as well as the films Beneath the Harvest Sky, The Hanover House, Vigilance and How to Make Movies at Home.

Rob Urbinati (playwright) is a freelance playwright, screenwriter, author and director based in New York City. He is also Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre in the Park (QTP). Good Theater produced his play Death by Design which has now become one of the most produced plays in the Samuel French catalogue. Other plays include: Hazelwood Jr. High, Karaoke Night at the Suicide Shack, Shangri La, Rebel Voices, and West Moon Street, based on a novella by Oscar Wilde. Rob is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Brian P. Allen (director) is the co-founder, executive and artistic director of Good Theater. He has directed more than 40 productions at Good Theater over the company's 14-year tenure. His work has toured nationally, been presented off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Brian is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. This season he is directing all four main stage productions at Good Theater.

Still to come this season at Good Theater is the Maine premiere of the longest running play in the USA, Shear Madness and the regional theater premiere of Act One. The company is offering a three-show subscription of Mama's Boy, Shear Madness and Act One for as little as $61. Contact the box office or go on line

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