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Overview

CLOSED on September 15. Thank you to everyone who came!

GOOD PEOPLE | Watch the trailer | Bay Area premiere
By David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Tracy Young
Featuring Amy Resnick, Mark Anderson Phillips, Anne Darragh, Jamie Jones, Ben Euphrat and ZZ Moor

“A triumph… so tense, so funny and emotionally wrenching that it never loses its energy.” – Marin IJ
“Thanks to an outstanding ensemble, and Tracy Young’s empathetic direction, this funny, suspenseful and thought-provoking play gets the caliber of production it deserves.” – SF Examiner


Margie has spent her whole life in South Boston and most of it down on her luck, but she’s never had it this bad. A middle-aged single mother with a disabled adult daughter at home, she is unemployed, facing eviction and cut off from opportunity in her insular working-class neighborhood. Or is she?

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.”

Directed by Oregon Shakespeare Festival regular Tracy Young (The Imaginary Invalid, The Servant of Two Masters), this huge Broadway and national hit by the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist of Rabbit Hole finally comes to the Bay Area!

MORE PRAISE FOR THE PRODUCTION
Good People electrified us and made us convulse with laughter during the show, then applaud vigorously at the final curtain.” – Mill Valley Herald
“Simply good… not only is the play about something – choices, luck and the American class system – but also manages to be heartfelt, thoroughly entertaining.”  –TheaterDogs
“Gripping theater… it’s a beautifully written play; features a bravura, not-to-be-forgotten performance by Bay Area favorite Amy Resnick in the lead role; and, finally, poses some thorny questions you might be pondering for the rest of your lives.” – Pacific Sun
CLAPPING MAN “Compelling, riveting… You can almost taste the clam rolls.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

LENGTH OF SHOW
Two hours, plus one 15-minute intermission

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IN THE NEWS
Marin IJ interview with Marin-based actor Anne Darragh, who plays Dottie in our production.
Stage and Cinema feature on our production.
Highlighted by San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and Marin IJ as an Editor’s Choice

FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT… Good People

Good People was nominated for two Tony Awards in 2011 for the world premiere production at Manhattan Theatre Company, one for Best Play and one for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Frances McDormand, who played Margie Walsh, won the Tony, as well as the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire was born and raised in South Boston, where Good People is set. The references to people and places were inspired by his own childhood.

Good People is populated with quirky characters who, though sometimes down-on-their-luck, never lose their sense of humor and humanity.

Good People follows in the tradition of great stories coming out of the colorful South Boston neighborhood, like films Good Will Hunting and The Departed and the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

David Lindsay-Abaire has had many successes, with his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, acclaimed comedies Fuddy Mears and Kimberly Akimbo, his work on Broadway musicals, including Shrek the Musical, and films Rabbit Hole, Oz: The Great and Powerful and Guardians of Childhood.

AWARDS FOR THE PLAY
2011 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play
Nominated for 2011 Tony Award for best play, 2011 Drama Desk Award for outstanding play and 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for outstanding new Broadway play

PRAISE FOR THE PLAY
“Enthralling, utterly gripping, remarkable” – Los Angeles Times
“Poignant, brave and subversive” – New York Post
“Painfully funny and gut wrenchingly real” – Washingtonian Magazine

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