We’re excited to announce auditions for our next production — David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. We’re having auditions on Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm and Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm at the Black River Playhouse. The show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 with matinees on Sunday March 23 and 30. Cindy Alexander directs, and you may email her with questions.
Rehearsals are to begin in January, and this play requires the use of a Boston accent. Auditions will be from the script.
Good People was nominated for a Tony Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. David Lindsay-Abaire won the Pulitzer Prize for Rabbit Hole in 2007.
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 has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s 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. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
Margaret (Margie) – Caucasian woman around age fifty. She is a tough woman from Southie and has just been fired from a Dollar Store. Because she is a high school dropout and has a mentally handicapped daughter named Joyce who takes much of her time, she struggles to find work. She was married once, but her husband left her and her daughter. She will do anything it takes to find a new job so that she can pay her rent.
Mike – Caucasian man in his fifties. Now a doctor, he is originally from Southie but escaped the Boston neighborhood by attending University of Pennsylvania and becoming a reproductive endocrinologist. He now lives in Chestnut Hills, a wealthy area, with his much younger wife, Kate and his daughter Ally. He struggles to have a stable relationship with his wife and has a tendency to exaggerate stories about his days in Southie.
Jean – Caucasian woman around fifty. Jean works in a hotel. She is from Southie and has a harsh but comedic edge. Blunt toward her friends, Margaret and Dottie, she is a loyal friend.
Dottie – Caucasian woman late 60s. Margie’s landlady who lives upstairs. She sits with Margie’s daughter Joyce when Margie is at work. Coarser than her friends, she considers herself a realist.
Kate – African-American woman early thirties. Kate is a literature Professor at Boston University, who received her PhD from Georgetown. Gracious and intelligent but can have a hard edge when challenged. Her marriage to Mike is troubled.
Stevie – Caucasian man in his late 20s From the neighborhood and now the manager of a Dollar Store. He is hard working, quiet and sensitive which sometimes makes him the butt of jokes.
Margie should be familiar with all the sides. The following characters should pay attention to:
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Chester Theatre Group is proud to announce it’s 2013-14 season
Next season features…
Moon Over the Brewery
Directed by Jay Mills. October 4-20. (Auditions 7/28 at 2pm and 7/30 at 7:30 pm)
The Elephant Man
Directed by Stephen Catron. November 15-December 1. (Auditions 9/22 at 7pm and 9/24 at 7pm)
Directed by Cindy Alexander. March 15-30. (Audition dates TBA)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Directed by Roseann Ruggiero. Musical Director: Clifford Parrish. May 16-31. (Audition dates TBA)
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