Good People


Date: September 18, 2014 — October 19, 2014
Days & Times:

Wed. at 7pm
Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm
Sun. at 2pm
No Perf. Sept. 21 & 24, Oct 1

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Kristin McLaughlin
Set Design by Mary Hamrick
Costume Design by Robin McLaughlin
Lighting Design by Phil Kong
Sound Design by Aaron K. Mack
Prop Design by Tristan DiVinzenzo
Dialect Coach Elizabeth Liuzzi
Stage Manager Anthony Teixeira


Summary

Pulitzer prize winning playwright, David Lindsay Abaire, employs his brilliant humor and understanding of the human condition to take a look at class in America through the lens of his boyhood home, Southie, Boston. Margaret Walsh is a smart, wisecracking, single mom surviving on low pay and hard work. In an attempt to get ahead, she risks pride and reputation and approaches an old boyfriend, now a successful doctor, to help her. Margaret Walsh’s “family” in Southie-Jean, Dottie and Stevie, are funny, endearing, loyal and unforgettable.

Cast

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Vicki Summers (Margie) has been involved in theater since high school, playing in Bus Stop, Seascape, Hold
Me, and Little Shop of Horrors. In 1983-84, She performed original works with the nationally-touring deaf and hearing theatrical troupe “Sunshine Too.” For Cape Rep Theatre, credits include Felicia Lipshitz in A Class Act, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Red Herring, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Flora
in The Rose Tattoo, Amanda in e Glass Menagerie, Cass in Wonder of the World, Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sara Stone in No Way to Treat a Lady, Aurora in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Louisa in Nine, Molly in Molly Sweeney, Mrs. Roby in Xingu and Other Stories, Irene in Light Up the Sky, Elsa in The Road to Mecca, and Abigail Adams in The Distance Between Us. Also for Cape Rep, she performed in several musical revues and developed and performed a one- woman show for children, Piggy Tales. She teaches drama and directs the annual play at the Riverview School in Sandwich.

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Sam Gillam (Stevie) is excited to return to Cape Rep. Past credits include Vinny in 9-Ball and Alan in One Man, Two Guvnors (Cape Rep), Cliff in Cabaret, Marco in A View From the Bridge, Orestes in Visions
of an Ancient Dreamer, Michael in
The Pillowman, Junior in Escape from Happiness, Young Marlow in She Stoops to Conquer (Brandeis Theatre Company), Fred in A Christmas Carol, Dwarf/Huntsman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Berkshire Theatre Group), Warren in This is Our Youth, and Baby San in Tracers (Standing O Productions). Sam graduated with
an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. He would like to thank Liz, his family and friends for their support and love.

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Melissa Becker (Dottie) is a graduate of Emerson College. Locally she acted with the Provincetown Theatre Co. in Pippin, Working, Night of the Iguana, True West, and as Mother Superior in Nunsense for Dan Goggin Productions. For Cape Rep she acted in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, ‘night Mother, Gaslight, Rashomon, Fallen Angels, Light Up the Sky, An Evening With Dorothy Parker, Macbeth, Wonder of The World, Rose Tattoo, The Wizard of Oz and three “Dressing em Up” revues. She is a co-founder of Cape Rep children’s theatre and directed Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, Stuart Little, and House at Pooh Corner. Ms. Becker is a co-creator, director, and cast member of the “Footlight Fantasies” benefits for Cape Rep Theatre.

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Elizabeth Liuzzi (Jean and Dialect Coach) was born, bred and buttahed
in Bawston. She grew up across town from Southie calling Mission Hill home. Liz was last seen at Cape Rep
as Marthy Owen in Anna Christie. Other Cape Rep credits include Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire, Miss
York in The Rose Tattoo, and Mistress Merrythought in Knight of the Burning Pestle. Ms Liuzzi has performed at Eventide Arts, The Barnstable Comedy Club, Cotuit Center for the Arts, the Chatham Drama Guild, and Harwich Junior Theatre. Favorite roles include A in Three Tall Women, Elena Carson in Shooting Star, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Pirate Cookson
in Peter Pan. Other credits include
The Beggar’s Opera, Brecht on Brecht, Macbeth, and The Cherry Orchard.

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*Richard Jay Sullivan (Mike) is thrilled to be back on the Cape Rep stage where audiences may remember him as Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel, Chris in All My Sons, George in Sunday in the Park with George, Ed Kleban in A Class Act, and Father in Eurydice. Other recent representative roles include Martin in The Goat (New Provincetown Players), George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Counter Productions), and Professor Bhaer in Little Women – The Musical (HJT). As a director, credits include Born Yesterday (Cape Rep), Man of La Mancha, Grand Night for Singing, The Secret Garden and Big River (HJT). Before returning to the Cape, Richard appeared Off Broadway with Circle Rep, Lincoln Center, and regionally with the Cleveland Playhouse, Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, and Blowing Rock Stage, among others. BFA, Hofstra University; MFA, UW- Milwaukee PTTP; Member – AEA.

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Terralon Walker (Kate) hails from Houston, Texas, and is a recent graduate of Rutgers University. Her Rutgers Theater Company credits include the Class of 2014 performance ensemble piece, Alonedom:-tuck-it- away and other stories, The Blue Room, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cyrano de Bergerac, You Can’t Take It With You, and Love and Mistrust. She also appeared in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Shakespeare’s Globe.

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Reviews

‘Good People’ shows funny, heartbreaking life in Southie
September 21, 2014
The cast of Cape Rep perennial performers is outstanding; Melissa Becker is hilarious as the cranky landlady and Elizabeth Liuzzi’s Jean is someone we all have met. Richard Sullivan straddles the dichotomy of his character — Southie boy turned lace curtain Irish — and Terralon Walker rings true as the trophy wife who takes no prisoners. Sam Gilliam’s role as Stevie is small but significant; he is endearing and compelling. As Margie, Vicki Summers is by turns funny, exasperating, heartbreaking and fabulous. Cape Cod Times

Cape Rep’s ‘Good People’ Is Good Theater
September 25, 2014
The first act is hilarious and is a great segue for the poignant second act. The foul-mouthed, eccentric trio fire off the well-written crackerjack dialogue like well-aimed arrows and hit the bull’s eye time after time. Margie is a concoction of emotions, and Vicki Summers masters all of them. She’s tough, she’s vulnerable and a loving parent too… Her cohorts Jean (Elizabeth Liuzzi) and Dottie (Melissa Becker) are hilarious and real… “Good People” is a show worth seeing and a great production. Cape Cod Chronicle

Good People = Good Theater at Cape Rep
September 26, 2014
a hysterical and sometimes heartwrenching evening of theater…Cape Rep Theatre once again proves that just because the summer theatrical season is coming to an end, year-rounders need not fret, because as the days grow shorter the quality of local theater still shines bright. Barnstable Patriot

Cape Cod theater: ‘Good People’ at Cape Rep
September 27, 2014
Vicki Summers turns in a riveting performance as Margaret Walsh…Elizabeth Liuzzi is hilarious as Margaret’s outspoken friend, Jean, and Melissa Becker is equally funny as Dottie, Margaret’s grumpy landlady…Richard Sullivan gives a polished performance as Mike…Terralon Walker is perfect as Mike’s elegant wife, Kate…but it is Sam Gillam’s authentic portrayal of Stevie, the Bingo-playing local boy that best expresses the heart of Southie… Cape Codder

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