George Street Playhouse and Artistic Director David Saint have announced casting for the third production of their 2012-13 season, David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Good People." The talented ensemble of actors consists of John Bolger, Ellen McLaughlin, Marianne Owen, Eric Riedmann, Cynthia Lauren Tewes and Zakiya Young.
GSP Artistic Director David Saint will helm the play, which begins previews Tuesday, January 29 and runs through Sunday, February 24. Opening night is set for Friday, February 1. "Good People" is produced in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre, and will move there following its New Brunswick run.
"Good People" is Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire’s sharply funny play about choices, chances and the American Dream. Caught in a cycle of lost jobs, late babysitters and last month’s rent, things aren’t great for Margie, a single mom in South Boston. Desperate for a job, she tracks down her high school sweetheart Mikey, a successful doctor whose life took a luckier path. Will stories and surprises about the old neighborhood give her and her daughter the break they need?
Creating the world of the play are a number of returning George Street veterans. Scenic designer James Youmans, Costume Designer David Murin and sound designer/composer Scott Killian are all returning to New Brunswick. Lighting designer Charlie Morrison is making his GSP debut.
Individual tickets, starting at $28, are currently on sale, as are 3-play and flexible admission packages. For information or tickets contact the GSP Box Office, 732-246-7717, or visitwww.GSPonline.org.
In addition, discount for groups of 10 or more are available through the GSP Group Sales office; call 732-846-2895, ext. 134, or email email@example.com for further information. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick’s dining and entertainment district.
David Lindsay-Abaire is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rabbit Hole, which was made into a feature film. He is the author of Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World, A Devil Insideand Kimberly Akimbo, as well as the book and lyrics to Shrek the Musical. He has written the screen plays for Rabbit Hole and the recent Rise of the Guardians and the upcomingOz: The Great and Powerful. Born in South Boston, he now lives in Brooklyn.This is David Saint's fifteenth season as Artistic Director of George Street Playhouse. In that time he has directed thirty one mainstage productions, most recently, Twelve Angry Men (Winner of our 2012 Fooflights award).
John Bolger returns to George Street Playhouse after playing Juror 12 in last season’s acclaimed production of Twelve Angry Men. National Tours: South Pacific and Dirty Dancing; cover for That Face at MTC; Lips Together, Teeth Apart at George Street; Richard III at Hartford Stage; The Real Thing and Antony and Cleopatra at The Old Globe; Light Up The Skyat The Roundabout; Lady From Maxim's at The Huntington; Safe Sex at La Mama; Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Sea Plays, Ages of Man, with The Willow Cabin Theatre Co. TV: The Black Donnelly's, Sex and the City, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Another World. Film: Just Looking, Parting Glances, Black and White.
Ellen McLaughlin has worked on and off-Broadway as well as extensively in regional theater. She is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner'sAngels in America, appearing in every U.S. production from its earliest workshops through its Broadway run. Other favorite roles include The Homebody in Homebody/Kabul(Intiman Theater, Seattle), Pirate Jenny in Threepenny Opera (Trinity Rep. Elliot Norton Award), Mrs. Alving in Ghosts (Berkeley Rep.) and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at McCarter and Paper Mill Playhouse.
Her on-screen credits include Everything Relative, The Bed You Sleep In, with guest appearances on Law & Order. She has taught playwrighting in numerous venues, from Yale School of Drama to Princeton University. She has been teaching at Barnard College since 1995.
Marianne Owen played Delia in Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch at ACT Theatre in Seattle. She was also in Dan Sullivan’s acting company at the Seattle Rep. and has worked on many other Seattle stages in the past 25 years. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre Company, she has also worked at the N. Y. Public Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Playwrights’ Horizons, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and toured nationally in The Real Thing (directed by Mike Nichols). She holds her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Eric Riedmann has been seen on the West Coast in productions of The Violet Hour, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Real Inspector Hound, Deathtrap, The Caretaker, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, I Hate Hamlet and The Cider House Rules. His credits on film and television include Divination, the upcoming Duo, 10 Things I Hate About You and Highway.Cynthia Lauren Tewes is probably best known for her portrayal of Julie McCoy, the Cruise Director on the long-running television series The Love Boat. Other television credits include appearances on Martin, The Love Boat: The Next Wave and The Fugitive. Based on the West Coast, she acts in regional theatre and in voice-overs. Recent roles include Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and Karen Noone in Craig Lucas’ Prayer for My Enemy at the Intiman Theatre. Tewes has also performed roles for Imagination Theatre’s various radio dramas.
Zakiya Young- Broadway: Stick Fly, The Little Mermaid. Off-Broadway: Jason Samuels Smith: Chasing the Bird; Greenwood, Winner Take All, Kiss Me Kate. Regional theatre: Aida; Little Miss Sunshine; It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!; The Mikado,. Carousel. Concert appearances: Carried Away: The Music of Comden and Green at the 92nd Street Y;Passing It On: A Concert Benefiting Rosie’s Kids; Nothing Like a Dame: A Party for Comden and Green at the Laura Pels Theater, and as soloist in Americana with the New Haven Symphony with conductor Gerald Steichen.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Saint, George Street Playhouse has become a nationally recognized theatre, presenting an acclaimed mainstage season while providing an artistic home for established and emerging theatre artists. Founded in 1974, the Playhouse has been well represented by numerous productions both on and off-Broadway – recent productions include the Outer Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award-winner The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Drama League nominated production of The Spitfire Grill and the Broadway hit and Tony® and Pulitzer Prize winning play Proof by David Auburn, which was developed at GSP during the 1999 Next Stage Series of new plays.