Cherise Boothe, Sara Botsford, Marylouise Burke and Brad Fleischer Join Jane Kaczmarek and Jon Tenney in Good People

Westwood Village, CA, March 15, 2012 --( Matt Shakman Helms David Lindsay-Abaire’s West Coast Premiere

Opens April 11, 2012

Geffen alums Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) and Jon Tenney (The Closer) are joined by acclaimed stage and screen actors Cherise Boothe (original cast of Ruined), Sara Botsford (Broadway’s The Real Thing), Marylouise Burke (Broadway’s Into the Woods and Is He Dead?) and Brad Fleischer (Broadway’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) in David Lindsay-Abaire’s West Coast premiere. Helmed by Matt Shakman, the artistic director of L.A.’s Black Dahlia Theatre,Good People, presented by OneWest Bank, starts in previews on April 3, 2012 and officially opens in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on April 11, 2012.

Kaczmarek takes on the role of Margie, while Tenney plays her old flame, Mike, who has moved on and married Kate, played by Boothe. Botsford, Burke and Fleischer bring the South Boston community to life as Margie’s friends Jean and Dottie and her former boss, Stevie.

Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, Margie is faced with the reality that South Boston is providing her the same level of opportunity it always has: none. Wry, rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes to seek out the one who got away – both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the burbs and out of her element, facing the question – is opportunity granted or earned? Nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People takes an affectionate look at the "haves" and "have nots" through the eyes of characters who won't be ignored.

Good People, a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) in New York where it had its world premiere in the spring of 2011. In addition to being nominated for a Tony Award, Good People was named Best Play of the 2010-11 season by the New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as featured on the 2011 “Top Ten” theater lists of New York Magazine, Newsday, Time Out New York and the Associated Press.

Special events during the run of Good People include the theater’s special Signature Series performances for no additional cost. These evenings include an intellectual, thought-provoking post show Q&A at Talk Back Tuesdays; a scintillating, one-of-a kind after-party at Girls Night Out; a cultural happy hour with Lounge Fridays and complimentary wine tastings during Wine Down Sundays. For more information, please view

Good People

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by Matt Shakman

Preview Performances: Tuesday, April 3 – Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Opening Night: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Closing Night: Sunday, May 13, 2012


Cherise Boothe Kate

Sara Botsford Jean

Marylouise Burke Dottie

Brad Fleischer Stevie

Jane Kaczmarek Margie

Jon Tenney Mike

Production Credits

Set Designer Craig Siebels

Costume Designer E.B. Brooks

Lighting Designer Elizabeth Harper

Sound Designer Jonathan Snipes

Production Stage Manager Jill Gold

Assistant Stage Manager Kyra Hansen

Performance Schedule

Monday No performances

Tuesday – Friday 8:00pm

Saturday 3:00pm; 8:00pm

Sunday 2:00pm; 7:00pm

Ticket Info

Ticket prices currently range from $37 - $57 for preview performances and from $47 - $77 for the regular run. Contact the Geffen Playhouse box office in-person, via phone at 310-208-5454 or online at for updated pricing and seating availability.

About The Geffen Playhouse
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