Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Playing in the

Woods Since 1954

Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton,Virginia 24401

Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Nancy Kiracofe
Thursday, July 26 - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where 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's 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.

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Roles 6

2 Men, 4 Women

Female Roles:

Margaret (Margie with "hard g”, White, Age 50s)

Woman who has lived her whole life in the South end of Boston (commonly known as Southie). With a GED and no college education she has never been able to earn much more than minimum wage. She is the single mother of an adult daughter with severe developmental impairment.

Jean (White, Age 50s)

Margie’s best friend, she has the nickname “Mouthie of Southie” for her tendency to say exactly what’s on her mind. She encourages Margie to go see their old classmate Mike to find out about a job.

Dottie (White, Age 60s)

Margie’s landlady and babysitter to Margie’s daughter when Margie is at work. There is a certain amount of animosity between Dottie and Margie but their situation and backgrounds tie them together and give them at least a tenuous sort of friendship.

Kate (Black, Age early 30s)

She is Michael’s wife. She comes from a well-to-do family herself and is a professor at Boston University. Margaret is surprised when she learns that Mike has married an African-American woman. The reasons for her surprise are partially a result of the insular, white Irish-Catholic identity of Southie and partially due to her own memory of a certain event in Mike’s past.

Male Roles:

Stevie (White, Age late 20s)

The son of an old schoolmate of Margie’s, Stevie has also grown up in Southie but the fact that he is in the younger generation seems to give him a different perspective. He is still looking ahead, not necessarily feeling stuck. He is Margie’s boss at the Dollar Store and is told to fire her in the first scene.

Michael (Mikey Dillon, White, Age late 40s-50s)

Mikey grew up with Margie and Jean but left South Boston to go to school and eventually became a successful doctor. He now lives in a much more affluent section of Boston with his wife and daughter.

Other Roles

Stage Voices (probably recorded)

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Oak Grove Theater

845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt 612)

Staunton, Virginia 24401

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