July 29, 2021: The Keegan Theatre kicks off its 25th Anniversary Season with GOOD PEOPLE, a 2011 Tony Award nominee for Best Play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. GOOD PEOPLE marks the company’s third production of Lindsay-Abaire’s work, having previously staged RABBIT HOLE and RIPCORD to critical and audience acclaim.
“We like to think we are good people. But are we really? Do we surround ourselves with good people? Do we even have a choice in the matter?” director Josh Sticklin asks in considering the characters and the world of GOOD PEOPLE. “During whatever quietude the last year may have offered for reflection, we’ve all probably felt compelled to take stock of the goodness – or lack of it – that surrounds our lives. GOOD PEOPLE features complex, real-world characters grappling with their own notions of goodness, and ultimately asks audiences to consider themes of reconciliation and community: Reconciliation of where you’ve come from, where you are, where you’re going, how you get there… and with whom.”
The cast of GOOD PEOPLE features Joe Baker (Stevie), Simone Brown (Kate), Sheri S. Herren (Jean), Linda High (Dot), Mike Kozemchak (Mike), and Susan Marie Rhea (Margaret). Keegan Associate Producer, Josh Sticklin, directs. The artistic team includes Zach Campion (Dialect Coach), Tiesha Cooper (Hair and Makeup Design), Dan Deiter (Sound Design), Shadia Hafiz (Costume Design), Cindy Landrum Jacobs (Set Dressing and Properties Design), Shee Shee Jin (Stage Manager), Matthew J. Keenan (Set Design), Lisa Nathans (Dialect Design), Douglas Sebamala (Assistant Director, Dramaturg), Alberto Segarra (Lighting Design), and Colin Smith (Production Manager).
GOOD PEOPLE runs from September 10 – October 3, 2021 (dates updated from original announcement), and the run includes two special audience engagement events. Following the matinee on September 12, audiences are invited to a special moderated talkback with members of the cast and creative team of GOOD PEOPLE. Then, following the matinee on September 19, the Challenging Racism team will facilitate a special post-show discussion around “The Intersection of Race & Class,” specifically curated to build on the themes of GOOD PEOPLE and enrich the audience experience of the play. Challenging Racism is an Arlington organization that provides education on the prevalence and inequities of institutional and systemic racism, and Keegan is honored to be partnering with them all season to enrich both artist and audience experiences with Keegan productions throughout the 2021-2022 season. Learn more about Keegan’s audience engagement events online or at the theater — audience education and outreach materials will be available online and in the lobby during the run of the show.