Photo by Hallie Albrecht '20
Good People, the 2011 dark comedy written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, is the spring theatrical production at Keuka College.
With wry humor and astonishing realism, the play creates both a loving portrait of South Boston, also known as Southie, and a widely relatable tale of socioeconomic struggle. Good People was nominated for two 2011 Tony Awards—Best Play and Best Leading Actress in a Play.
Directed by Professor of Theatre Mark Wenderlich, Good People opens Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in the Red Barn Theatre, with additional performances Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 15, at 7 p.m.
Life in the Southie neighborhood is no joke for single mother Margaret Walsh. Fired from her job and facing eviction, she doesn’t know whether to risk it all on a game of bingo, or join a drunken old classmate on a warm bit of sidewalk.
Will she catch a break from the cranky young manager at the Dollar Store or the landlady with a craft business selling googly-eyed rabbits? Or the man from her past, now a successful doctor, who left town at a crucial moment long ago?
In the world of Good People, we see that very few can afford to be as good as they think they are, but acts of sacrifice and gestures of kindness come at the most surprising moments and from the most unexpected of sources.
Members of the cast include Stephanie Boom (Margaret), a freshman American Sign Language major from Osceola, Pa.; Tzyonah Sheffield-Reese (Kate), a freshman psychology major from Batavia; Sarah Kline (Jean), a freshman adolescent education major from Geneva; Robert Tremblay (Stevie), a freshman occupational science major from North Collins, N.Y.; and Keyara Aiken (Dottie), a sophomore American Sign Language-English interpreting major from Cincinnatus, N.Y. Jenna Perry, a freshman psychology major from Bliss, N.Y., is the stage manager.
Brent Siwak, who works at the Green Front restaurant in Canandaigua, portrays Mike. He has performed in a previous Keuka College production, portraying Jason Posener in the College’s fall 2017 presentation of Margaret Edson’s debut play, Wit.
Tickets for Good People are $5 for Keuka College students, faculty, and staff, and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and seating is limited.