Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
Presents Hit Broadway Comic Drama
Santa Barbara CA– Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) has announced the second production of its 2013-14 maiden season at its brand new venue, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, this recent Broadway hit is a darkly funny and profoundly touching story about class and culture. Good People runs from February 6-23, 2014 under the direction of Jenny Sullivan. Opening night is Saturday, February 8.
One of the most popular plays around the country in the last two years, Good People takes place in two Boston neighborhoods: working-class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just lost her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps her high school boyfriend, Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out. Filled with humor, pathos, and suspense, Good People asks the question: “Is where we grew up inexorably written on our future chances of success?”
“Good People is an extraordinary play,” said Jonathan Fox, ETC’s executive artistic director, “not just because it is extremely humorous and insightful, but also for its gripping plot twists. It’s an important play, and I’m thrilled it brings to us a talented cast under the direction of Jenny Sullivan.”
Ms. Sullivan directed ETC's productions of The Year of Magical Thinking, The Lion in Winter, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Tea at Five and The Clean House. She has also worked at Laguna Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, L.A. Theatre Works, Rubicon Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Odyssey Theatre and Access Theatre. “This is a tough, tender and timeless American story,” says Sullivan. “It is more than a tale of the haves and have-nots, but rather an uncompromising – and often funny – look at tough choices that are made at a turning point in one's life.”
David Lindsay-Abaire, American playwright, lyricist and screenwriter, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 for his play Rabbit Hole, which also earned several Tony Award nominations. Other plays include the off-Broadway hit Fuddy Meers, as well as the book for Shrek, The Musical.
Alicia Sedwick will play the proud, feisty and luckless South Boston resident, Margaret. Ms. Sedwick is an accomplished film, television and theater actress. Although she has performed throughout the country, she has a history with Ensemble, having performed at the Alhecama Theatre in the 1982 productions of Laundry and Bourbon and Of Mice and Men, when she was a college student. Her work includes productions at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, the Old Globe Theatre, Theatre on the Square, Colorado Shakes, Marin Theatre Company, and with Jonathan Fox at Two River Theater. She currently produces the nationally syndicated radio show Experience Talks and co-produces a monthly storytelling event, Spark Off Rose, in Los Angeles.
Mike, Margie’s high-school flame who manages to escape South Boston to become a successful doctor, will be played by Geoffrey Lower. This will be his third appearance at ETC, having performed in Sam Shepard's Buried Child and Harold Pinter's Betrayal. He has worked at LA Theaterworks, Mark Taper Forum, Laguna Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Old Globe Theater. His television work includes six seasons in the long-running role of Rev. Timothy Johnson in “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” as well as “N.C.I.S,” “JAG,” “Friends” and “NYPD Blues.”
Mike’s gracious wife, Kate, will be played by Tracey A. Leigh. She has toured nationally with The Vagina Monologues, and worked off-Broadway. Regional theatre credits include South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Arena Stage and Shakespeare Center of L.A. Guest starring television appearances include “Gray's Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Charmed” and “Law and Order.”
Margie’s hilarious bingo-playing neighborhood friends Jean and Dottie will be played by veteran actresses DeeDee Rescher and Catherine E. Coulson. Ms. Rescher has worked on numerous episodic television shows, including “My Name is Earl,” “King of Queens,” “Coach,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Frasier,” “Grosse Pointe,” “Party of Five,” and “Empty Nest.” She has worked at the Falcon Theater, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Civic Light Opera and Pasadena Playhouse. Ms. Coulson has performed for the last two decades at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in addition to Denver Center Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Theatre and The Kennedy Center. She is beloved for her role as the “Log Lady” in the David Lynch's TV series “Twin Peaks” and she appears in the second season of the satirical sketch comedy television series “Portlandia.”
Rounding out the cast is Matthew Grondin as Stevie, the very young manager of the Dollar Store. He has worked on several independent films and at Antaeus Theatre Company and The Crossley Theatre, in addition to performing at the New York Fringe Festival.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC has attracted accomplished performing artists from around the country. The 2013-14 Season is the first in the New Vic, their newly renovated theater 300-seat performing arts venue.
ETC's 2013-14 season continues with Metamorphoses, based on the myths of Ovid and adapted by Mary Zimmerman, running March 27 through April 13, 2014; Red by John Logan, running May 15 through June 1, 2014; and Looped, written by Matthew Lombardo, running July 10 through 27, 2014.
Performances for Good People run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, with a Saturday 4:00 pm matinee performance on February 15th and a Tuesday 7:00 pm show on February 11th. Subscription tickets to Ensemble’s 2013-14 Season are still available. Youth tickets are available for age 29 and under for only $20.00 each. Single tickets are available through the Ensemble Theatre Box Office at (805) 965-5400, or online at www.etcsb.org. For group sales information, please call 805-965-5400.