Oscar Winner Frances McDormand Will Be Among Broadway's Good People in 2011

By Kenneth Jones
July 7, 2010

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand will return to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere Broadway production of Good People, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan will direct.



Good People will play at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street. Previews will begin Feb. 8, 2011, with an opening night of March 3.

Here's how MTC describes the play by the author of Rabbit Hole: "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 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." Lindsay-Abaire "explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America."

McDormand won the Oscar for her portrayal of Marge Gunderson in the Coen Brothers' film "Fargo." On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for portrayal of Stella in the 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. She most recently appeared in the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of North Atlantic. McDormand appeared on Broadway in The Country Girl directed by Mike Nichols, and Off-Broadway in Caryl Churchill's Far Away directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop. Her films include "Burn After Reading," "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," "Something's Gotta Give," "Wonder Boys," "Chattahoochee," "Darkman," "Short Cuts," "Raising Arizona" and "Blood Simple," among others.
She is the recipient of four Academy Award nominations for "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous," "North Country" and "Fargo."

Lindsay-Abaire (Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World) and Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare in the Park's current Merchant of Venice) collaborated on Rabbit Hole for MTC. Good People was commissioned through MTC's Bank of America Commissioning Program.

Additional casting and creative team for Good People as well as other listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Subscriptions to MTC's 2010-2011 season are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.