Pittsburgh Public Theater's MADE IN AMERICA season continues with the Pittsburgh premiere of Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire's 2011 Tony-nominated play set in contemporary Boston. Directed by Tracy Brigden, Good People runs Nov. 8 – Dec. 9, 2012 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.
In Good People, things aren't going well for South Boston single mom Margaret (Kelly McAndrew). She's fired from the Dollar Store by manager Stevie (Paul Terzenbach ) and landlady Dottie (Glynis Bell) wants the rent. Then bingo pal, Jean (Helen Coxe), tells Margaret that her old boyfriend, Mike (David Whalen), has become a doctor and is living back in Boston. Thinking he might help her find a job, Margaret attends a party at the upscale home of Mike and his wife, Kate (January LaVoy). What the evening turns into is both hilarious and heart-wrenching in this play about what contemporary Americans will do to survive.
The design team is Jeff Cowie (Scenic), Michael Krass (Costumes), Phil Monat (Lighting), and Zach Moore (Sound). Don Wadsworth is the Dialect Coach. Casting is by McCorkle Casting. The Production Stage Manager is Fred Noel and the Assistant Stage Manager is Alicia DeMara.
David Lindsay-Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony nominations for his play Rabbit Hole. He was nominated for a Grammy (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tonys (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for Shrek the Musical. His plays include Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo. Screen credits include: Rabbit Hole and the upcoming Dreamworks animated movie Rise of the Guardians and Oz: The Great and Powerful with James Franco and Michelle Williams.
All the plays at The Public in 2012/13 are by American writers and set in cities across the USA. In addition, their themes illuminate issues, from money and class, to race and real estate, to equality and individual responsibility. To amplify the MADE IN AMERICA message, The Public has created the Town Hall Project, which will throw open the O'Reilly Theater's doors for a variety of Town Hall Meetings. The meetings are free of charge but reservations are necessary. To make reservations call the Box Office at 412.316.1600 or RSVP online HERE.
Next Town Hall:
Doing Good. Mon., Nov. 19. Moderated by KDKA TV's Lynne Hayes-Freeland
6 pm: Yelp Helps Volunteering Expo. Presented with Yelp
7 pm: Pittsburghers talk about causes that moved them to take action with:
Heather Starr Fiedler, creator of Play It Forward, Pittsburgh toy drive
Kristen Holloway, founder of Operation: Troop Appreciation
Thomas Hughes, volunteer with Assemble, a space for arts and technology
Mac Howison, of The Sprout Fund, supporting activities to enrich our region.
An open mic will be provided for audience participation
Pittsburgh Public Theater Presents: Good People. Nov. 8 – Dec. 9, 2012. Performance Schedule: Tues. at 7 pm; Wed. thru Sat. at 8 pm; Sat. at 2 pm (except Nov. 10 & 17); also 2 pm on Thurs. Dec. 6; Sun. at 2 & 7 pm (except Sun. Dec. 9 when the final show is at 2 pm). No show on Thanksgiving, Thurs., Nov. 22. Press Night is Thurs, Nov. 15. Opening Night is Fri, Nov. 16.
Ticket Prices: $23 to $55. Students and age 26 and younger $15.75 with valid ID. For tickets, call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org.