Johanna Day and Michael Laurence Are Good People at the Huntington Beginning Sept. 14
14 Sep 2012
Tony Award nominee Johanna Day takes on the role of downtrodden mother Margie Walsh in David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-nominated play Good People, which plays the Huntington Theatre Company beginning Sept. 14 in Boston.
Former Intiman Theatre artistic director Kate Whoriskey (Broadway's The Miracle Worker) directs the emotionally tense drama that will officially open Sept. 19 and will run through Oct. 14.
Day (The Realistic Joneses, Proof) is joined by Michael Laurence (Desire Under the Elms) as Margie's high school boyfriend Mike in a cast that also features Nancy E. Carroll (Present Laughter), Karen MacDonald (All My Sons), Rachael Holmes (Ruined) and Nick Westrate (Tribes).
Here's how the Huntington bills the play: "Good People takes place in South Boston where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills and bingo is a night on the town. Sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job and is facing eviction. Scrambling to make ends meet for herself and her developmentally disabled adult daughter, she looks up an old flame – now a fertility doctor living in Chestnut Hill with his young wife — hoping he'll help her make a fresh start."
Good People has scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
The Manhattan Theatre Club-commissioned play was praised by critics when it arrived on Broadway Feb. 8, 2011, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The Broadway cast featured Frances McDormand, who won a Tony for her performance, Tate Donovan, Estelle Parsons, Becky Ann Baker, Patrick Carroll and Renee Elise Goldsberry. Daniel Sullivan directed.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.