WINDING ROAD THEATER ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES "GOOD PEOPLE"
Award-winning comic drama is the Company's first main stage production for 2018-2019
Tucson, AZ, OCTOBER 24, 2018 – Winding Road Theater Ensemble today announced its first main stage production of the 2018-2019 season, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. The show starts with a preview performance on Thursday, November 1, opening night on Friday, November 2, and additional stagings through November 18, 2018.
All shows will be staged at the Scoundrel & Scamp Studio Theatre at The Historic Y located at 738 N 5th Avenue in Tucson.
A Slice-of-Life Comic Drama
Good People is set in "Southie" (South Boston), a blue-collar neighborhood where playwright Lindsay-Abaire grew up. The storyline follows Margie (pronounced with a hard "g") Walsh, who has recently lost her job, faces eviction, and, like so many good people, just seems to be having a hard time with things.
Lindsay-Abaire explores common notions of class, the 'third rail' of American society.
"As much as we try to pretend we are a country without class stratification, class is arguably the last prejudice to fall. It has riven our national politics, our education system, our health care system and has been the main determining factor in who wins and who loses in our economy," according to the show's director, Glen Coffman.
"The economic precariousness of recent times has forced a downward trend in the fortunes of many but none so much as the poor and working poor. Good People is a glimpse into the lives of those living on the economic knife-edge and how luck and a regrettable choice or two can be the difference between 'comfortable' and 'uncomfortable'."
Good People originally opened at New York City's Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011. That production was nominated for numerous awards including the New York Drama Circle's award for Best Play of the 2010-2011 Season (which it won) and two 2011 Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play for Frances MacDormand (which she won). Over the next two years, the play had many successful stagings across the United States as well as in the UK, Germany, Australia, and numerous other countries.
David Lindsay-Abaire writes for both stage and screen. His play Rabbit Hole received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and he wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical. His film credits include the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks' Rise of the Guardians, and the Poltergeist reboot.
Winding Road's production features well-known Tucson performers including Maria Caprile (as Margie), Josh Parra, Peg Peterson, Toni Press-Coffman, Tony Caprile, and Carley Preston.
Shows will run Thursdays through Saturdays with evening performances starting at 7:30 p.m. and several weekend matinees starting at 2:00 p.m.
General Admission is $28. Discounts are available for seniors and active military ($25) and students ($18). The Thursday Preview performance is $22. Reservations can be made directly through the Company's web site: http://www.windingroadtheater.org/2018-2019-main-stage-productions
Winding Road Theater Ensemble is a non-profit Tucson-based theater company. Co-founded in 2008 by Glen Coffman and Toni Press-Coffman, the Company is committed to telling dynamic theatrical stories that illuminate the human condition and celebrate theater's power to entertain diverse audiences. More information is available at the Company's web site, www.windingroadtheater.org
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