How much of our life is determined by our fate, our luck, and our strength of character? Good People, a comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will come to life on stage at the Open Book Theatre during three weekends this month.
Good People examines this question and more as he introduces us to a cast of characters from Southie, a neighborhood of Boston. 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 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. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
The production is directed by Angie Kane Ferrate, a resident artist at Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, where she serves as a director, sound designer, movement and vocal coach, and stage manager. Kane Ferrante directed the world premiere of Calypso’s Corner for Open Book last spring, and Who Shot Liberty Valance? at Tipping Point last fall.
The Open Book production features six accomplished Metro Detroit professional actors: Jan Cartwright, Kalyse Edmondson, Margaret Gilkes, Bradley Michael, Linda Rabin Hammell, and Robert Schorr, with lights by Wilde award-winning designer Harley Miah. Danielle Gilbert is stage managing.
“Rehearsing the role of Margie Walsh at wonderful Open Book, and in such a stellar company, is an honor, challenge and pure delight.” Linda Rabin Hammell said. “I feel that somehow, even though our life experiences are dissimilar, I know Margie better than any other character I’ve played. Chalk it up to playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s uncanny understanding of human nature with all its warts and wonders. He is a master craftsman whose characters, idiosyncratic yet relatable, have you rooting for them despite, and indeed because of, their flaws.”
Opening night tickets include an after party, and are $30 each. Tickets for all other performances are $20, or $15 for students and seniors. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more, at a discount of $3 off each ticket.
Performance dates and times are Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 19-20, at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m. (followed by a discussion with the artists), Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 25-27, at 8 p.m.
Open Book Theatre is located at 1621 West Road, Trenton, MI 48183. For more information and tickets visit www.openbooktc.com or call (734) 288-7753. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Slick Disc, the record store next door to the theater (at 1625 West Road).