Good People

by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Stephanie Gularte

“Wicked smart and painfully funny!” – The Washingtonian
“⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆” —Creative Loafing

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.

Is it strength of character or just a few lucky breaks that determines our fate?

Sept 07 – Oct 02, 2016

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REBECCA DINES (Margie) was last seen as Sam in MUD BLUE SKY (Aurora Theatre Company). Recent credits include; Margie in GOOD PEOPLE (Capitol Stage Company); Jane in FALLEN ANGELS (TheatreWorks); and the North American tour of BLITHE SPIRIT starring Angela Lansbury. Her favorite roles include; Sarah in Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL (TheatreWorks); Alexa Vere de Vere in AS BEES IN HONEY DROWN (TheatreWorks) and Ruth in THE HOMECOMING (Aurora Theatre Company). She has appeared as Beatrice, Rosalind, Kate and Lady Macbeth, to name a few, for Shakespeare festivals in Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Sydney and the London Fringe. She has appeared for the Berkeley, San Jose, South Coast, Kansas City and Pacific Repertory Theatres, Magic, B Street and Marin Theatres and The Laguna Playhouse. Rebecca is thrilled to work with American Stage for the first time. www.rebeccadines.com

PETER REARDON (Mike) is thrilled to be making his American Stage debut in this wonderful David Lindsay-Abaire play. Recent credits include Fred Graham in KISS ME KATE, SOUTH PACIFIC (Asolo Theater), ALL MY SONS (Barrington Stage). Peter has appeared in many Broadway shows and national tours among them Stephen Sondheim’s PASSION, URINETOWN (original Broadway company), RAGTIME, COMPANY, FALSETTOS, and several seasons in IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Regional theater credits include The Old Globe Theater in San Diego, The Papermill Playhouse, The Denver Center, Barrington Stage, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Goodspeed Opera House. Film and Television roles include AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, SEX AND THE CITY, NEVER AGAIN, as well as many soap operas including a long running recurring character on ALL MY CHILDREN. Peter is a graduate of Syracuse University, studies acting in New York at The Terry Schreiber Studios, and has been an AEA member since 1981.

VICKIE DAIGNAULT (Jean) is a transplant to the Tampa Bay Area from Chicago where she was seen in HATS!, THE MUSICAL with Melissa Manchester, TIME STEP, ON THE BRINK, DAUGHTER OF BEIJING, BIG RIVER, KINDERTRANSPORT, TO KILL AND MOCKINGBIRD, PULP, among others. Outside of Chicago, she has performed at The Lamb’s Theatre in New York, North Carolina Shakespeare, Virginia Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and the DeBron Center in the Netherlands. Vickie is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and may be seen in the films ALIEN HAND, LAST OF THE DOG DAYS and THE SERIOUS STUDENT, and in a number of commercials and industrials. She is the Intern Program Director of DirectorsLabChicago, a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, and has been active on a number of Equity’s committees. Thanks to Stephanie and American Stage for the opportunity!

RENATA EASTLICK (Kate) is thrilled to be returning to American Stage Theatre Company to perform in her home state of Florida. When she is not on stage, you can catch her as the voice of Caveira in the critically acclaimed video game TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE. New York & Regional credits include: THE PAJAMA GAME (Gallery Players NY); THE NUTCRACKER (The House Theatre of Chicago); ECLIPSED (The Women’s Theatre Project); RUINED (GableStage); TWO TRAINS RUNNING and IN THE HEIGHTS (American Stage); COMPANY (TheatreZone); KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Slow Burn Theatre Company); HAIRSPRAY (Actors’ Playhouse); ROCK ODYSSEY (Adrienne Arsht Center). Renata is a proud Silver Palm Award recipient, a two-time Carbonell Award Nominee (Best Supporting Actress in a Play) and a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors’ Equity Association. She would like to thank Stephanie Gularte, the cast & crew, her husband Joel, family & friends for their support. www.renataeastlick.com

BONNIE AGAN (Dottie) is happy to come home to the theater where she began her professional acting career 25 years ago. Most recently she was seen at freeFall Theatre in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and HARVEY. Her other work at freeFall includes IN THE NEXT ROOM or THE VIBRATOR PLAY, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and SLEEPING BEAUTY. Other favorites are MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET (A Simple Theatre), PERMANENT COLLECTION (The Studio@620), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Asolo Theatre), and ROMEO AND JULIET (American Stage). Bonnie is also a voice actress/narrator and Artistic Coordinator for The Radio Theatre Project at The Studio@620, where she recently produced TRU.

BRITT MICHAEL GORDON (Stevie) is pleased to be returning in GOOD PEOPLE at American Stage after a successful run with THE PITMEN PAINTERS. Britt previously played Jan in Florida Repertory Theatre’s production of THE UNEXPECTED GUEST. Britt also played Billy in TRIBES at Florida Rep, then reprised the role at Mad Cow Theatre. At Broward Stage Door, Britt portrayed Don in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE earning him a Silver Palm award for outstanding new talent. Britt received his BFA in Acting from Florida State University where he performed in several main stage productions including MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (King Arthur), David Mamet’s SPEED THE PLOW (Bobby Gould), and Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL (Mr. Marks). Britt has also contributed to multiple films through FSU’s College of Motion Picture Arts including KILLER KART, which won Best Short-Horror Comedy at LA’s Screamfest 2012.

Spotlight Series: FOREWORD

Guest Speaker: TBA
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 1pm

Take your theatre going experience to the next level through an informative and entertaining lecture. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of GOOD PEOPLE. 


Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to GOOD PEOPLE ticket holders

PRIDE Night

Wednesday, September 14 | Reception at 6PM | Show at 7PM

Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail crafted by Station House.

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.


Young American Night

Thursday, September 15 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy GOOD PEOPLE with BOGO Specialty Drinks. After the performance, join us at Station House St. Pete where you will be given a free drink voucher good for a beer, wine, or our GOOD PEOPLE specialty drink!

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org


Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

Thursday, September 15
Sunday, September 18
Sunday, September 25
Talk-back with the cast of GOOD PEOPLE 

“The first selected by producing artistic director Stephanie Gularte, ‘Good People’ [is] a masterful take on nice versus good…a grounded, coherent production that is both thought provoking and a pleasure to watch…Top tier performances across the board.”

— Tampa Bay Times

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“⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ – funny, wise, moving & riveting…the surprises never stop coming!”

— Creative Loafing

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“GOOD PEOPLE [is] powerful, a home run…[and] the reason we go to the theatre… If this production is an indication of the American Stage season to come, then we are in for one wild and exhilarating ride.”

— BroadwayWorld.com

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“A superb play…delivers all of its emotional highs and lows. Excellent cast…Brilliant.”

— Talkin’ Broadway

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“This compelling production is elevated beyond standard stage fare…sharp wit and mesmeric dialogue…excellent cast is…perfection.”

— TBNweekly

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