Good People | 2014-2015 Season

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Good People

Oct 21 – Nov 16

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In South Boston, this month’s paychecks cover last month’s bills, bingo is a night on the town, and sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has been let go from yet another job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she risks what little she has left to look up an old flame, hoping he’ll help her make a fresh start. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play, a humor-filled drama from Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire about how twists of fate can determine our path.

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Mark Cuddy
Scenic Design by Jo Winiarski
Costume Design by Devon Painter
Lighting Design by Ann G. Wrightson
Sound Design by Lindsay Jones
Dramaturgy by Jenni Werner

Parental Guidance Suggested: Good People contains profanity used on multiple occasions. If you have any questions or require specific information, please contact the box office.

NICK ABEEL

Stevie

NICK ABEEL is thrilled to make his debut at Geva Theatre Center. He has developed new work in NYC with Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Stage and Film, Partial Comfort, Primary Stages, The Lark, New Georges, EST Youngblood, Amios Theatre and Slant Theatre Project. He’s performed at UCB, the PIT, 59E59, Indiana Repertory, the Denver Center, and the Kennedy Center. Mr. Abeel is also a voice over artist with the Spoken Layer and can be heard on Time.com and the KQED Mindshift Education blog. He is a company member with Fight or Flight, a trapeze theatre company, and recently became the newest member of Broken Box Mime Theater. Proud graduate of the University of Evansville. 

PEGGY COSGRAVE

Dottie

PEGGY COSGRAVE (Dottie) originated the role of Clara in Miracle on South Division Street, at the Penguin  Theatre in Stony Point, New York and reprised the role in Connecticut, Vermont, Off-Broadway, and most recently in Nantucket this summer. Ms. Cosgrave began her career over four decades ago playing Cathleen opposite Helen Hayes in Long Day’s Journey into Night and has subsequently appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in many prominent regional theatres, and on film.  Broadway credits include The Nerd, Born Yesterday, Shadowbox and The Garden District.  Off-Broadway: Miracle on South Division Street, The Sandbox (directed by Edward Albee). Regional theatre credits include Steel Magnolias, You Can’t Take It With You, The Importance of Being Earnest and Fallen Angels among many others. Ms. Cosgrave has also had the privilege to perform “Big Momma” in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in Vienna, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany.  TV credits include The Following and national commercials.  She most recently appeared in the world premiere of Warren (or Those People) at the Boise Contemporary Theatre, and, following her appearance as Dottie in this production of Good People, she will appear as Brooke Wyeth in Other Desert Cities at Shaker Bridge Theatre in New Hampshire.  A proud member of Actors Equity. 

NICOLE LEWIS

Kate

NICOLE LEWIS makes her Geva Theatre Center debut in Good People.  Broadway credits include Hair (2009 Tony Award for Best Revival), Joanne in Rent, and Lennon. Off-Broadway credits include Isabella in Measure for Measure at the Public Theater Mobile Unit; Murder Ballad and Boy Gets Girl at Manhattan Theater Club; Happiness at Lincoln Center Theater Workshop. Regionally, Ms. Lewis has appeared as Susan in David Mamet’s Race for Philadelphia Theatre Co.; Ann Deever in All My Sons at Seattle’s Intiman Theater; Hannah in Paula Vogel’s A Civil War Christmas at Baltimore CenterStage; Miranda in The Tempest for Williamstown, Act I Co.; Paulette in Legally Blonde for Connecticut Repertory Theater;The Threepenny Opera and Tartuffe at A.C.T., San Francisco; and Constant Star at Hartford Stage; Special Engagements include Far But Close by Daniel Beaty for the Dance Theater of Harlem, Flowers are Sleeping by Eisa Davis at Symphony Space, and Asaka in Once On This Island (2013 New Hampshire Theater Award Nominee-Best Supporting Actress in a Musical). TV/Film credits include “A Gifted Man,” “Blue Bloods,” “As the World Turns,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mercy,” “Naked Brothers Band,” “London Betty.”  Ms. Lewis received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.F.A.at A.C.T. San Francisco.

CONSTANCE MACY

Margie

CONSTANCE MACY lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where she has been a regular performer at the Indiana Repertory Theatre for more than 20 years in roles ranging from Roxanne in Cyrano to Belinda in Noises Off to Mrs. Cratchit & Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, most recently playing Madge in The Games Afoot, Kate in Who Am I This Time, Annette in God of Carnage, Barbara in Iron Kisses, the title role in Becky’s New Car, and a solo performance in Lost: A Memoir.  She founded ShadowApe Theatre Company, an Indianapolis-based ensemble, in 1999 and has appeared in all of their critically-acclaimed productions including her original adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, Anne Sexton’s Transformations and the silent Not a Peep. Other companies include Playmakers Rep (N.C.), Pioneer Theatre Company (Utah), Syracuse Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis) and Cardinal Stage Company (Bloomington, IN). Ms. Macy attended the drama school at Indiana University. She is a two-time Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow and a Lunt-Fontanne National Fellow.

DEE PELLETIER

Jean

DEE PELLETIER makes her Geva Theatre Center debut In Good People. Broadway credits include August: Osage County and regional credits include BUG at the Barrow Street Theatre; The Soap Myth at Laura Pels Black Box; Grace, or the Art of Climbing at The Denver Center; Cymbeline, Hamlet and Hedda Gabler for the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Behind the Eye at Cincinnati Playhouse; The Syringa Tree and A Streetcar Named Desire for Vermont Stage Company and Crumbs from the Table of Joy at Yale Rep and Crossroads Theater. TV and Film credits include “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch,” “All My Children.” Ms Pelletier trained at Trinity Rep Conservatory.

SEAN PATRICK REILLY

Mike

SEAN PATRICK REILLY returns to Geva Theatre Center where he has appeared in Doubt and American Buffalo. Broadway credits include Superior Donuts and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Off-Broadway credits include A Thick Description of Harry Smith for The Culture Project; Lakeboat, Edmond and Sexual Perversity in Chicago at Atlantic Theater Company; Buried Child, Seduced, States of Shock and Chicago at Signature Theatre Company; Antigone at the Public/NYSF; Holy Water at Second Stage; The Unknown Icons at Circle in the Square; Painting X’s on the Moon for Naked Angels; The Killer Inside Me at the Promenade; Nebraska and The Gingham Dog at Circle Rep, among others. Regionally, Mr. Reilly has appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Westport Playhouse, Alley Theatre; the Cleveland Play House; Theatre Squared; Trinity Rep; Kennedy Center; Edinburgh Festival and at the RSC. Film and TV credits include A Wife Alone, Fair Game, Howl, Following Bliss, Something Borrowed, Solitary Man, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Man of the Century, Jerry Maguire, State and Main, Sleepers, “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Bored to Death” (HBO), “Mildred Pierce” (HBO), “Damages” (FX), “Third Watch” (NBC), “The Black Donnellys” (NBC) and “Law & Order” (NBC). He trained at RADA.

DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE

Playwright

David Lindsay-Abaire is a playwright, lyricist, librettist and screenwriter. His most recent play Good People and Rabbit Hole was directed by Daniel Sullivan at Manhattan Theatre Club. David was most recently nominated for a Grammy Award with composer Jeanine Tesori (Best Musical Show Album) and two Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical and Best Score) for their work on Shrek the Musical. Prior to that David was awarded the 2008 Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. Prior to that, he received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Rabbit Hole, which premiered on Broadway at MTC’s Biltmore Theatre. Rabbit Hole also received five Tony Award nominations, including Best Play, and the Spirit of America Award. David’s plays include Fuddy MeersKimberly AkimboWonder of the WorldHigh Fidelity and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (20th Century Fox) starring Nicole Kidman, as well as the Guardians of Childhood (DreamWorks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney, directed by Sam Raimi.) David is a proud New Dramatists alum, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Juilliard School, as well as a member of the WGA and the Dramatists Guild Council.

MARK CUDDY

Director

MARK CUDDY is in his twentieth season as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center. This season, in addition to Good People, he will direct A Christmas Carol (which he also adapted), and the world premiere of The Road to Where, written by and starring Broadway veteran Cass Morgan.  Last season he directed Clybourne Park, Pump Boys and Dinettes and A Christmas Carol. Mr. Cuddy is well known for his staging of premieres, contemporary comedies and musical theatre. Among his Geva Theatre Center productions have been A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs; You Can’t Take It With You; Company; Superior Donuts; The Music Man;  Five Course Love; Fences; Sweeney Todd; A Christmas Story; Pride and Prejudice (which he also co-adapted); Bad Dates; Our Town; Tuesdays With Morrie; Urinetown; Splitting Infinity; Vigil; A Chorus Line; Hamlet; That Was Then (American premiere); Convenience (world premiere musical); 1776; Proof; the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s Theophilus North which was also seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; The Miser; the East Coast premieres of both House and Garden; Quilters; Art; Famous Orpheus (world premiere musical) with Garth Fagan Dance; Every Good Boy Deserves Favor with the RPO; Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso at the Lapin Agile and State of the Union. In 2013, he was also appointed the Producer and Chief Executive of The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA. Prior to his tenure at Geva Theatre Center, Mr. Cuddy directed a number of world and American classics while Artistic Director of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sacramento Theatre Company.

JO WINIARSKI

Scenic Design

JO WINIARSKI returns to Geva where she previously designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Clean House.  Recent design credits include “Wishes” for Disney Cruiseline. Off-Broadway credits include Love, Loss, and What I Wore;Love Therapy;The Jewish American Princesses of Comedy; I Love You Because; and multiple shows with the Pearl Theatre Company.  Other New York design credits include New Georges, The New Group, Keen Company, and Clubbed Thumb.  Regional design credits include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, eight seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Virginia Stage, and Capital Repertory Theatre.   Ms. Winiarski is the art director on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”  She received an Emmy nomination for “Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All.”  

DEVON PAINTER

Costume Designer

DEVON PAINTER returns to Geva Theatre Center to work with the incredible artists here. Previous Geva credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Christmas Carol, Five Course Love and Sweeney Todd.  Ms. Painter lives in New Jersey and designs costumes throughout the United Statesmost recently My Fair Lady at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  New York credits include shows for Juilliard, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Culture Project, and many, many productions at The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as assisting on Broadway.  Regional theatre credits feature designs for the Guthrie Theater (Shadowlands, Private Lives, Death of A Salesman), the Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, the Folger Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, Anchorage Opera, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Great Lakes Theater Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and American Players Theatre. Her design work was exhibited in Curtain Call; Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance. Ms. Painter is a member of United Scenic Artists.

ANN G. WRIGHTSON

Lighting Designer

ANN G. WRIGHTSON happily returns to Geva Theatre Center where she has designed numerous shows over the years.  Her recent work includes Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Asolo Rep; A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Game’s Afoot at Indiana Rep; and Fiddler on the Roof and Anna Karenina at Portland Center Stage. She designed the Broadway production of Souvenir and she was a Tony nominee for her work on the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, which she designed for Broadway, London, Sydney and the National Tour.  Past projects include The Unmentionables for Yale Repertory, UP, Tracy Letts’ The Man From Nebraska (a Pulitzer Prize finalist of 2003), Steppenwolf Theatre, ten seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Other work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, the Long Wharf, Arena Stage and the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Awards are 2009 IRNE Award for Best Lighting for Fences at the Huntington, Backstage Garland Award for Magic Fire at OSF and an AUDELCO nomination. 

LINDSAY JONES

Sound Designer

LINDSAY JONES is very pleased to return to Geva Theatre Center for Good People which is his 19th production here. Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers and A Time To Kill. Off-Broadway credits include Bootycandy at Playwrights Horizons, Through the Night at Union Square/Westside Theatres, Wild With Happy at the Public Theater, Top Secret for New York Theatre Workshop, Rx at Primary Stages and many others. Regionally he has designed for the Guthrie Theater, Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Goodman, Arena Stage, Yale Repertory, The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, Lookingglass and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), as well as productions in Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Scotland. Awards: Six Joseph Jefferson Awards and 21 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, two ASCAP Plus Awards, three Drama Desk Award nominations, 2 AUDELCO nominations and nominations for Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, Barrymore, and many others. Mr. Jones was also the first sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award.  Film scoring includes HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary), and Family Practice for Sony Pictures.

JENNI WERNER

Dramaturg

JENNI WERNER is in her third season at Geva Theatre Center. Geva dramaturgy credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Superior Donuts, You Can’t Take It With You, Freud’s Last Session, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clybourne Park and Informed Consent. Previously, she served as the Director of Programming at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the non-profit theatre field.  From 2005-2011, Ms. Werner produced TCG’s annual National Conference, curating the content and organizing the logistics for the largest national gathering of professionals in the non-profit theatre field.  For six years, she was adjunct instructor in the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University, and is now an adjunct instructor at SUNY Geneseo.  Ms. Werner has an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a B.A. in theatre and history from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. She and Sean Daniels co-author Geva’s blog, at gevajournal.wordpress.com.

FRANK CAVALLO

Stage Manager

FRANK CAVALLO has stage managed dozens of productions for Geva since first joining the company after it moved into the (then) newly renovated Richard Pine Theatre. Last season, Mr. Cavallo stage managed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Informed Consent, Last Gas and The 39 Steps. Previous productions include Superior Donuts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Anything Goes, The Glass Menagerie, 5 Guys Named Moe, Below The Belt, A Raisin In The Sun, Dancing At Lughnasa, Jitney, Vigil and several world premieres for the Reflections New Plays Festival. He has also stage managed at several other regional theatres, has been the production manager for the Rochester Children’s Theatre at Nazareth College and has toured for Poetry In Motion with Ms. Salome Jens’ one woman show …About Anne, featuring the poetry of Anne Sexton.

ELISSA MYERS, CSA & PAUL FOUQUET, CSA

Casting

ELISSA MYERS CASTING, Paul Fouquet, CSA, a Rochester native, is honored to be recognized as a Geva Affiliate Artist. This marks the 18th year of Myers’ and Fouquet’s collaboration with Geva Theatre Center. Casting credits include “Poisoner’s Handbook”, “Becoming Helen Keller”, and the mini-series “Mystery of Matter” for PBS. Other PBS projects include “The Abolitionists”, “Dolly Madison”, “Alexander Hamilton”, “John and Abigail Adams”, “Benjamin Franklin” (Emmy Award), “Liberty” (Peabody Award), “God in America”, “People vs. Leo Frank”, “Louisa May Alcott,” as well as PBS “Great Performances” (Artios Award in “Outstanding Achievement in Casting”) and most recently “Murder Of A President” for American Experience. Additionally three “Movies of the Week,” as well as five pilots. Feature films include “Hank and Asha” (Audience Award at Slamdance 2013 and five other festival awards), and “The Union.” Theatre includes seven Broadway shows, including Tony nominated Having Our Say, as well as 26 Off-Broadway shows. Regional theatre casting in the past two years includes Denver Center, Geva Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and Arizona Theatre Company. The office has so far received 16 nominations and has won three Artios Awards for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting.”

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