Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan will direct the production, to play MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre starting Feb. 8, 2011, with an opening night of March 3.
Donovan is known for his performances on TV's "Damages" and "The O.C." He returns to MTC having made his Off-Broadway debut in the original 1990 production of Richard Greenberg's The American Plan. Other notable theatrical credits include David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole at the Geffen Playhouse, on Broadway in Amy's View, opposite Judi Dench, and Off-Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.
Here's how MTC bills the play: "Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills… and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling (Donovan) who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America."
Additional casting and creative team for Good People will be announced in the coming weeks.
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