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Press Release

 

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED
FOR THE SAN DIEGO PREMIERE OF
DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE’S GOOD PEOPLE


SAN DIEGO (Sept. 6, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the San Diego Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, the award-winning play about class divisions in modern-day Boston.  Directed by Paul Mullins, Good People will run Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2012 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run Sept. 29 – Oct. 3.  Opening night is Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Margie Walsh doesn’t expect much from her hand-to-mouth existence in South Boston, where a few lucky rounds of bingo can mean the rent is paid on time.  After losing her job at the local dollar store, Margie reaches out for help to an old high school flame who made it out of the neighborhood, and she soon discovers that not everyone wants to remember their humble beginnings.  A funny and insightful new play, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People explores whether we can all have the American Dream.

Eva Kaminsky makes her Globe debut as Margaret, a hard-luck single mother trying to scrape together a better life for herself and her daughter.  Kaminsky was recently in the Broadway company of The Lyons and has appeared Off Broadway in The Language Archive, Made in Poland, ‘Nami and The Safety Net

R. Ward Duffy plays Mike, a doctor who has escaped South Boston and is confronted with his upbringing when Margaret arrives on his doorstep.  Duffy most recently appeared in the world premiere adaptation of Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage and performed in New York at Lincoln Center Theater, New Dramatists and Cherry Lane Theatre.

Old Globe Associate Artist Robin Pearson Rose appears as Dottie, Margaret’s foul-mouthed, bingo-playing landlady.  Rose has appeared at the Globe in August: Osage County, Vincent in Brixton, Da, All My Sons (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Voir Dire and Dancing at Lughnasa, Wonderful Tennessee and Remembrance.  She has also appeared on Broadway in Holiday and The Visit.

The cast also includes Carol Halstead as Jean, Nedra McClyde as Kate and James McMenamin as Stevie.  Halstead recently appeared in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and has been seen Off Broadway in The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles, Walking Down Broadway, Easter Candy, The Mask and The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy.  McClyde is a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and received a 2011 New Dramatist Charles Bowden Actor Award for Miss Evers’ Boys at the Red Fern Theatre Company.  McMenamin was most recently seen in The Bad Guys directedbyHal Brooks at Second Stage Theatre.  His Off Broadway credits include Suicide, Incorporated at Roundabout Theatre Company, Middletown at Vineyard Theatre and David Cromer’s acclaimed staging of Our Town at Barrow Street Theatre. 

The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Alison Cote (Stage Manager).

Good People is supported in part through gifts from Production Sponsors Alan Benaroya, Silvija and Brian Devine, Mickey Stern, US Bank, Inn at the Park and Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust.

David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright) is a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist whose play Rabbit Hole premiered on Broadway and went on to receive the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Spirit of America Award and five Tony Award nominations.  He was also nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tonys (Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score) for his work on Shrek the Musical.  Prior to that, Lindsay-Abaire was awarded the 2008 Kleban Prize as America’s most promising musical theater lyricist.  Good People premiered on Broadway in 2011 starring Frances McDormand and was nominated for the Tony for Best Play.  Lindsay-Abaire’s other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others.  His screen credits include his adaptation of Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckart and Dianne Wiest and directed by John Cameron Mitchell as well as the upcoming features Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful directed by Sam Raimi (Disney). 

Paul Mullins (Director) returns to The Old Globe where he directed the Shakespeare Festival productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Mullins is a company member at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and has directed their productions of The Liar, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Noises Off, Private Lives, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Richard II, Tartuffe and The Threepenny Opera, among others.  His regional credits also include Tynan, The Solid Gold Cadillac, The Seafarer, Fat Pig, This is How It Goes and The Russian National Postal Service (The Studio Theatre), You Can’t Take It With You (Chautauqua Theater Company), Heroes, The Center of Gravity, Third, Trying, Lettice and Lovage and True West (Portland Stage), The Whore and Mr. Moore and Superior Donuts (Dorset Theatre Festival), I'm Connecticut, Urinetown and The Comedy of Errors (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and The Swan, Reckless and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (American Stage Theatre Company).

TICKETS to Good People can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on Sept. 29 and continue through Oct. 28.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Sept. 29 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and no matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 20.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Good People include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Good People
Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Good People
Tuesdays, Oct. 9 and 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 24.  FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Good People cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARRichard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), Allegiance – A New American Musical (9/7-10/21), Good People (9/29-10/28), Measure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

R. WARD DUFFY (Mike) is making his Globe debut with Good People.  In New York, Duffy has appeared at Lincoln Center Theater, New Dramatists and Cherry Lane Theatre, among others.  Most recently he played Stepan Oblonsky in the world premiere of Kevin McKeon’s adaptation of Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage.  His other regional credits includeMcMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Portland Center Stage), Speaking in Tongues (2012 Acclaim Award), The Understudy (2010 Acclaim Award) and Othello (2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for Best Actor) (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), God of Carnage (Virginia Stage Company), Race (TheaterWorks), True West (Banyan Theater Company, 2008 Best of the Suncoast winner for Best Actor), As You Like It, The Three Musketeers and Othello (2007 Arty Award) (Pioneer Theatre Company), Twelve Angry Men, Show and Tell and The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Indian Ink and Machinal (Missouri Repertory Theatre), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Merrimack Repertory Theatre) and Dinner with Friends (Portland Stage).  Duffy’s television and film credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Knights of Prosperity,”“Ghost Stories,” Liability Crisis and What Happens Next.

CAROL HALSTEAD (Jean) has performed on Broadway in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Off Broadway in The Duchess of Malfi, Pericles, Walking Down Broadway, Easter Candy, The Mask and Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures of Tense Guy.  Most recently she played Barbara in August: Osage County at Fulton Theatre.  Her other recent roles include Annette in God of Carnage, Lane in The Clean House, Amanda in Private Lives, Raymonde in A Flea in Her Ear and Lady Macbeth.  She has worked regionally at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, CENTERSTAGE, Cleveland Play House, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, San Jose Repertory Theatre (in the West Coast premiere of Teresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates, 2004 Dean Goodman Choice Award for Best Solo Performance), over 20 productions with Denver Center Theatre Company, many summer seasons with Chautauqua Theater Company and three festival seasons with PCPA Theaterfest under Donovan Marley’s leadership.  Her television and film credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Jonny Zero,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children,” Towel Head and The Whipper Snapper

EVA KAMINSKY (Margaret) is making her Globe debut.  On Broadway, she recently worked on The Lyons and was seen Off Broadway in The Language Archive (Roundabout Theatre Company), Made in Poland (The Play Company), ‘Nami (Partial Comfort Productions) and The Safety Net (Broken Watch Theatre Company).  She last performed in California while on the National Tour of The Syringa Tree directed by Larry Moss.  Her regional credits include August: Osage County (Alley Theatre), God of Carnage (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Breadcrumbs and Lidless (Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Syringa Tree (Long Wharf Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre), The Real Thing (Syracuse Stage), 1:23 (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Speech & Debate (Hartford TheaterWorks), A Small Family Business (Cleveland Play House), The Glass Menagerie (Delaware Theatre Company), Communicating Doors (Charlotte Repertory Theatre) and many others.  Her film credits include Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Adjustment Bureau and Just Like the Son.  She has been seen on television in “Mercy,” “Ugly Betty,” “Gossip Girl,” “ER,” “Numb3rs,” “Royal Pains” and all the “Law & Order” series. 

NEDRA MCCLYDE (Kate) was recently inducted as a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and received a 2011 New Dramatist Charles Bowden Actor Award in addition to a New York Innovative Theatre Best Leading Actress Award nomination for Miss Evers’ Boys.  Her television appearances include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “30 Rock,” “Blue Bloods,” “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live.” 

JAMES MCMENAMIN (Stevie) was most recently seen in Second Stage Theatre’s production of The Bad Guys directedbyHal Brooks.  Off Broadway he has appeared in Suicide, Incorporated (Roundabout Theatre Company), Middletown (Vineyard Theatre), Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), BFE (Playwrights Horizons) and Armed and Naked and Mag-7 (Naked Angels).  His regional credits include Our Town (The Broad Stage), At Home at the Zoo (Arena Stage), Prayer for My Enemy (Intiman Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington Theatre Company), The Chekhov Cycle, The Threepenny Opera and The Skin of Our Teeth (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Cobb and The Rose Tattoo (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble), Joan (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Anita Bryant Died for Our Sins (Florida Studio Theatre).  His television credits include “The Good Wife,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Law & Order” and “Guiding Light.” 

ROBIN PEARSON ROSE (Dottie) is an Old Globe Associate Artist and has performed at the Globe in August: Osage County, Vincent in Brixton, Da, All My Sons (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Voir Dire, Dancing at Lughnasa, Wonderful Tennessee and Remembrance.  She has appeared on Broadway in Holiday and The Visit directed by Hal Prince and Off Broadway in Summer and Smoke (Roundabout Theatre Company).  Some regional theater roles include Doubt (Ovation Award nomination), You Can’t Take It with You, All My Sons (Ovation nomination) and Happy Days (Rubicon Theatre Company), Many Happy Returns (Laguna Playhouse), The Carpetbagger’s Children and Dragon Lady (South Coast Repertory), King o’ the Moon and Dancing at Lughnasa (La Mirada Theatre), Amy’s View (Center REP Theatre), Juno and the Paycock (American Conservatory Theater), Sylvia (Stage West) and Joined at the Head (Pasadena Playhouse).  Her film credits include Something’s Gotta Give, What Women Want, Speechless, Fearless and An Enemy of the People opposite Steve McQueen.  Some television appearances include “Mad Men” (recurring), “NCIS,” “Enlightened,” “Life,” “Vanished” (recurring), “The Nine” (recurring), “Grey’s Anatomy” (recurring), “Boston Legal,” “Cold Case,” “Without a Trace,” “Boston Public” and “The White Shadow” (series regular). 

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FACT SHEET

GOOD PEOPLE
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Paul Mullins

RUNS:  Sept. 29 – Oct. 28, 2012
Sheryl and Harvey White
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  A single mom from South Boston reaches out for help to an old high school flame and discovers that not everyone wants to remember their humble beginnings.

CREATIVE TEAM:  David Lindsay-Abaire (Playwright), Paul Mullins (Director), Michael Schweikardt (Scenic Design), Denitsa Bliznakova (Costume Design), Chris Rynne (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design), Jan Gist (Voice and Dialect Coach), Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) and Alison Cote (Stage Manager).

CAST:  R. Ward Duffy (Mike), Carol Halstead (Jean), Eva Kaminsky (Margaret), Nedra McClyde (Kate), James McMenamin (Stevie) and Robin Pearson Rose (Dottie).

PREVIEWS:
Sep 29 SAT 8pm
Sep 30 SUN 7pm
Oct 2 TUE 7pm
Oct 3 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Oct 4 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Oct 5 FRI 8pm
Oct 6 SAT 2pm
Oct 6 SAT 8pm
Oct 7 SUN 2pm
Oct 7 SUN 7pm
Oct 9 TUE 7pm
Oct 10 WED 7pm
Oct 11 THU 8pm
Oct 12 FRI 8pm
Oct 13 SAT 2pm
Oct 13 SAT 8pm
Oct 14 SUN 2pm
Oct 14 SUN 7pm
Oct 16 TUE 7pm
Oct 17 WED 2pm
Oct 17 WED 7pm
Oct 18 THU 8pm
Oct 19 FRI 8pm
Oct 20 SAT 8pm
Oct 21 SUN 2pm
Oct 21 SUN 7pm
Oct 23 TUE 7pm
Oct 24 WED 7pm
Oct 25 THU 8pm
Oct 26 FRI 8pm
Oct 27 SAT 2pm
Oct 27 SAT 8pm
Oct 28 SUN 2pm
Oct 28 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, Oct. 9 and 16 and Wednesday, Oct. 24
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org