Johanna Day and Michael Laurence Will Be Good People at the Huntington

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25 Jul 2012

Johanna  Day
Johanna Day
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Tony Award nominee Johanna Day will take on the role of downtrodden mother Margie Walsh in David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-nominated play Good People, which will play the Huntington Theatre Company beginning Sept. 14 in Boston.

Former Intiman Theatre artistic director Kate Whoriskey (Broadway's The Miracle Worker) will direct 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 will have 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 the play, which 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.

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