"Good People," a play about choices, and those who may not have them, opens Aurora Community Theatre's 57th season at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, continuing Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 12 at the theater, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.
Fred Sternfeld makes his ACT directorial debut with David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," which takes a provocative, sometimes humorous, but never preachy look at the "haves" and "have-nots" in America.
The play tells the story of Margie Walsh and Mikey Dillon who grew up good friends in blue-collar South Boston. They even had a brief summer romance, but after high school,
Mike caught every break. He went to college, became a doctor, moved to the suburbs and rose rapidly on the financial ladder. At the same time, Margie's no-luck life and single motherhood kept her in Southie juggling minimum-wage jobs, always balancing on a slippery slope "only a paycheck away from desperate straits."
When Margie (pronounced with a hard "g") and Mike meet again two decades later, the stark contrast of their lives and a long-buried secret force them each to take an honest look at life.
Aurorans Paula Kline-Messner and Rob Albrecht take on the featured roles of Margie and Mike. Jenny Barrett plays Margie's friend and bingo buddy, Jean. Mary Jane Nottage is Margie's patient landlady Dottie, and Craig Joseph, her dollar store boss, Stevie. Kristi Little performs the role of Mike's wife, Kate.
Tickets are available online, including seat selection, at www.auroracommmunitytheatre.com, or call the box office at 330-562-1818. Opening night tickets include a complimentary after-show gala and the opportunity to meet cast and crew.