DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE'S WEST COAST PREMIERE
GOOD PEOPLE OPENS AT THE GEFFEN
L.A. Director Matt Shakman Helms Production Featuring
Cherise Boothe, Sara Botsford, Marylouise Burke,
Brad Fleischer, Jane Kaczmarek and Jon Tenney
Opens April 11, 2012
ANGELES, April 10, 2012 — The West Coast premiere of David
Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People opens at the Geffen Playhouse, featuring a cast
full of some seriously good people. Helmed by Matt Shakman, the artistic director of L.A.’s Black Dahlia Theatre,Good People features Geffen alums Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle), Jon
Tenney (The Closer) and Cherise Boothe (original cast of Ruined), as well as Broadway vets Sara Botsford (The Real Thing), Marylouise
Burke (Into the Woods and Is He Dead?) and Brad Fleischer (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo). Presented
by OneWest Bank, Good People opens in the Gil Cates
Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on April
Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, Margie is faced with the reality that South Boston is providing her the same level of opportunity it always has: none. Wry, rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes to seek out the one who got away – both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the burbs and out of her element, facing the question – is opportunity granted or earned? Nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People takes an affectionate look at the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ through the eyes of characters who won't be ignored.
Kaczmarek takes on the role of Margie, while Tenney plays her old flame, Mike, who has moved on and married Kate, played by Boothe. Botsford, Burke and Fleischer bring the South Boston community to life as Margie’s friends Jean and Dottie and her former boss, Stevie.
Good People, a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) in New York where it had its world premiere in the spring of 2011. In addition to being nominated for a Tony Award, Good People was named Best Play of the 2010-11 season by the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as featured on the 2011 “Top Ten” theater lists of New York Magazine, Newsday, Time Out New York and the Associated Press.
Opening night festivities, which are sponsored by Audi of America and Los Angelesmagazine, will be held at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village. The evening will feature culinary delights provided by Napa Valley Grille as well as a unique Good People themed cake designed by Richard Ruskell Patries’ pastry chef Richard Ruskell with drinks provided by Malibu Family Wines and Krol Vodka.
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Matt Shakman
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Closing Night: Sunday, May 13, 2012
Cherise Boothe Kate
Sara Botsford Jean
Marylouise Burke Dottie
Brad Fleischer Stevie
Jane Kaczmarek Margie
Jon Tenney Mike
Set Designer Craig Siebels
Costume Designer E.B. Brooks
Lighting Designer Elizabeth Harper
Sound Designer Jonathan Snipes
Production Stage Manager Jill Gold
Assistant Stage Manager Kyra Hansen
Monday No performances
Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm
Saturday 3:00pm; 8:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm; 7:00pm
Ticket prices range from $47 - $77. Contact the Geffen Playhouse box office in-person, via phone at 310-208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org for updated pricing and seating availability.
CHERISE BOOTHE (Kate)
Ms. Boothe is thrilled to be returning to the Geffen Playhouse after having performed as an original cast member in Lynn Nottage’s Pulizter Prize winning play, Ruined. Most recently, her voice can be heard in the new FX animated series, Unsupervised. Theater credits include: Milk Like Sugar (original cast: La Jolla Playhouse / Playwrights Horizons), Ruined (Goodman / Manhattan Theatre Club, Intiman / Geffen Playhouse; 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama); August Wilson’s 20th Century (Kennedy Center); Ohio State Murders (TFANA; Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival); King Hedley II (Signature); A Christmas Carol (McCarter); The Blacks (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Huck & Holden (original cast: Cherry Lane); The Book Club Play, Insurrection: Holding History (BTF); Blues for an Alabama Sky (BTF/Actors Theatre). Film/TV: Inside Man (dir. Spike Lee), Then She Found Me (dir. Helen Hunt), The Wool Cap (withKeke Palmer and William H. Macy), Everyone’s Hero (animation), The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl. Training: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
SARA BOTSFORD (Jean)
Theater highlights: Hamlet, (Ophelia then Gertrude); Glass Menagerie, Ensemble Theatre; The Real Thing, (Broadway and National Tour, dir. Mike Nichols); Romeo and Juliet, Ahmanson Theatre, dir. Sir Peter Hall; Blithe Spirit, Pasadena Playhouse; Top Girls, (Obie award Public Theatre, NY); Private Lives and Present Laughter opposite Brian Bedford; three seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada; The Royal Family, dir. Susan Stroman. Television highlights: the long running Canadian series E.N.G, (Gemini Award best actress), The Lot, (AMC), The Arrow, with Dan Akyroyd, (best supporting actress nomination); Sophie, a half hour comedy for CBC, Body of Proof, the Mentalist, NCIS, Medium, Raising the Bar, E.R., West Wing, The L Word, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Crossing Jordan, Ally McBeal. Film highlights: Still of the Night with Meryl Streep, Legal Eagles with Robert Redford, Jumping Jack Flash, The Fixer, Tremors 4(best actress nomination DVD Exclusive Awards). Sara is artistic director of 49thParallel Theatre in Los Angeles.
MARYLOUISE BURKE (Dottie)
Theater: Into the Woods and Is He Dead? (Broadway) She originated roles in the Off-Broadway productions of Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers(Drama Desk Award -- Outstanding Featured Actress), Wonder of the World, and Kimberly Akimbo (Drama Desk Nomination -- Outstanding Leading Actress), and in the premiere of Kimberly Akimbo at South Coast Rep (Back Stage West Garland Award). Other recent theater credits include, in New York: Rx (Primary Stages), American Sligo (Rattlestick),The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons), and Love, Loss, and What I Wore; in Chicago: the premiere of Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram at Steppenwolf Theatre. Television: 30 Rock, Fringe, Law & Order (and SVU),Delocated, and recurring as Lotte on Hung. Film: Sideways, A Prairie Home Companion, Series 7, Must Love Dogs, Mona Lisa Smile, Meet Joe Black, One True Thing, Ira and Abby, The Baxter, An Invisible Sign, I Love You Phillip Morris, Doubt, Rabbit Hole and Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk with Me.
BRAD FLEISCHER (Stevie)
Broadway: Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Coram Boy (Drama League nomination). Off Broadway: David Rabe’s Streamers (Roundabout), Regional: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Alley), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Mark Taper Forum/Kirk Douglas Theater), Pig Farm (South Coast Repertory). Film: The Good Shepherd. TV: Nurse Jackie, 24, The Unit, Prison Break, Jericho, Law and Order, Over There. Shorts: Seany B vs. Sketchy McSwains (dir. Vasarian Revelipotty), Queenan fights Drewzilla (dir. Ken Choi). Representing UCSD MFA/ Kyle Donnelly, Game night and Threshold 33.
JANE KACZMAREK (Margie)
Jane Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway in Lost in Yonkers and in plays at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, Second Stage, Long Wharf, New York Stage and Film, and the Berkshire and Williamstown Theatre Festivals. In Los Angeles, she has appeared in Awake and Sing and Death of a Salesman at LA Theatre Works; Kindertransport (Ovation Award – Best Actress), Dinner With Friends and Raised in Captivity (LA Drama Critics Award – Featured Performance) at South Coast Repertory; and In Mother Words at the Geffen Playhouse. Kaczmarek starred for seven years in the Emmy Award winning TV series Malcolm in the Middle (Emmy Award nominations, Golden Globe Award nominations, SAG Award nominations, American Comedy Award – Funniest Female Performer – TV Series, TCA Award – Individual Achievement in Comedy, AFI Actor of the Year Award – Female – Series). Other TV credits include: Raising the Bar, The Simpsons, Felicity, Party of Five, Frasier, Whitney and Wilfred. Kaczmarek is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale School of Drama.
JON TENNEY (Mike)
Jon Tenney previously appeared at the Geffen Playhouse in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Other theater credits include: Broadway: The Heiress, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sweet Sue.Off-Broadway: Tuesday’s With Morrie, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, John Guare's Chaucer in Rome at Lincoln Center, Beth Henley's Impossible Marriage, John Patrick Shanley's Beggars in the House of Plenty, David Marshall Grant's Current Events and Snakebit, and Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain (original production - SCR). Jon began his career doing the national tour of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing(dir. Mike Nichols). Films include: You Can Count on Me, Rabbit Hole, Tombstone, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Legion, The Stepfather, Fools Rush In, and Watch It among others. Television credits include the series Brooklyn South and Get Real and Showtime's The Twilight of the Golds and Homecoming. Most recently, Jon played opposite Kyra Sedgwick as Fritz Howard on TNT's The Closer which will conclude its eight-season run this summer on TNT. He will next be seen on episodes of its spin-off Major Crimes as well as in HBO's upcoming Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom. Jon is a Vassar College graduate and trained at The Juilliard School.
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE (Playwright)
David Lindsay-Abaire premiered his play Good People 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 Award nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David, along with composer Jeanine Tesori, was nominated for a Grammy and two Tony Awards for their work on Shrek The Musical (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 shows 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.) David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.