May 12-28, 2023
Preview Night: May 12 at 8 pm
Opening Night: May 13 at 8 pm, Champagne Reception Begins at 7 pm
Military Matinee: May 14 at 2 pm
Regular Shows: Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM
Middle-aged Margie Walsh is a nice woman from a poor neighborhood. Some of her friends might even say she’s TOO nice. When she gets fired from yet another job, her landlord threatens eviction. Determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, she turns to a former friend, who made it out of their neighborhood of Southie, as they call South Boston, for help finding a job. From the moment she steps into Dr. Michael Dillon’s office, tensions mount in this reunion of old friends as they navigate the decisions that led them down different life paths. An emotional, heartfelt drama broken up by poignant moments of laugh-aloud humor, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire will have audiences debating what it means to do the right thing.
$20 Preview Night, Students & Military
$35 General Admission
$45 Opening Night
with Champagne Reception at 7:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Good People contains strong language and incidents of racially insensitive language.
Sandy Campbell - Director
David Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and it shows: Good People is an extraordinarily well-written play. It’s about life altering choices and who actually gets the opportunity to make them. The characters strike us as very real, very flawed and not always likable, but they are trying their best to be “good” people. This play is about class, economic pressures, and race - big ideas, but you’d never know it, because it is so funny.
Susan Clausen - Margie
Margie is strong - and works hard to provide for herself and her daughter. She also cares deeply for her friends. I connect very personally to both of those two truths. She is also imperfect...yet strives to find humor wherever she can and maintain an optimistic perspective.
Sherri Allen - Jean
Good People elucidates the class struggles in America. It cuts close to the bone while incorporating humor and pathos. It shows the humanity of people who, due to circumstances beyond their control, exist a hairs-breadth away from tragedy.
Amira Temple - Kate
One of the challenges I see in representing Kate is making the character more than just the token black woman. Kate is the only character of color, at least on paper, and although it seems to be an intentional choice I hope to create nuance in my work that gives her even more depth then what is on the page.
Meet the Cast
Susan Clausen – Margie
Susan Clausen is thrilled to be a part of this talented team as part of her first production at OTC. Scripps Ranch Theatre credits include Donna Orbits the Moon, Good People, Absurd Person Singular, Moonlight and Magnolias, California Suite and How the Other Half Loves. Lamb’s Players Theatre credits include The Nerd, Harvey, A Man For All Seasons, ‘Till We Have Faces and The Diviners. Susan performed in Write Out Loud’s Twainfest from 2010 – 2020 and portrayed Clara Schumann for the San Diego Symphony. Other local credits include Defying Gravity, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Auntie Mame, Dancing at Lughnasa and Jake’s Women at North Coast Rep.
Ted Leib – Mike
Ted Leib has been directing and performing for more than 20 years. Favorite roles/shows include: Mike in Good People (SRT); Otto Frank in Diary of Anne Frank (Vista Broadway); Dillard in Foxfire, Jack in The Boys Next Door, Ragtime, Sweet Charity, Music Man, Titanic, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde (Moonlight); Jack in Backwards In High Heels, Jeff in Brigadoon, Willie Conklin in Ragtime (FCLO); Louie in Lost In Yonkers (OTC); Harold Hill in The Music Man (MSP); and Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Tustin BITP). Ted is currently Artistic Director for Oceanside Theatre Company.
Amira Temple – Kate
Amira Temple is a loving daughter, caring community activist, indulgent best friend, and passionate theatre-maker. She currently studies performance at San Diego State, and after graduation hopes to contribute to the evolution of theatre, and the world, in any capacity meant for her. Amira believes in equity, solidarity, transformative justice, the power of uninhibited joy, and the capacity for change through theatre. To you, she relays her deepest gratitude for supporting theatre and theatre artists in San Diego. She is humbled to perform for the folks that are the heartbeat of a show.
Sherri Allen – Jean
Sherri Allen is thrilled to be working with this talented group of Theatre Artists! Credits include: The Servant of Two Masters at New Village Arts; Picnic at Oceanside Theatre Company; Blithe Spirit, My Fair Lady, Lost in Yonkers at Moonlight; Our Town at Cygnet; The Grapes of Wrath; The Mystery Plays at ion; El Grande de Coca-Cola, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at North Coast Rep; To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden at PCPA Theaterfest; Uncle Vanya, Continental Divide (understudy) at La Jolla Playhouse. Allen teaches courses at MiraCosta College in Improvisational Acting and The Golden Age of Radio. “Love to Mom, my family, Orrick, and my students!”
Dennis Peters – Stevie
Dennis Peters is very excited to be making his Oceanside Theatre Company debut with Good People. Originally from Seattle, Peters obtained his BFA in Musical Theatre from Central Washington University. Previous San Diego credits include the world premiere of Eighty-Sixed at Diversionary Theatre, Catch Me If You Can at San Diego Musical Theatre, and Altar Boyz at Coronado Playhouse. “Love to Mom, Dad, Tommy, and Kayla.”
Heidi Bridges – Dottie
After running a middle school theatre department and directing several productions over the past few years, Bridges is excited to be back on stage at the Brooks Theater where she last played Myra Bruhl in Deathtrap. She is thrilled to be returning to the play Good People, in which she previously played the role of Margie. Other credits include: Abelia (La Jolla Theatre Ensemble), Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Anne of Green Gables (413 Project), Good People, For Better, (Scripps Ranch Theatre) Dinner With Friends (Carlsbad Playreaders), Come Back to the Five & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Vista Broadway Theatre), Glass Menagerie (OTC & Palomar Theatre Ensemble), Medea (Horton Grand Theatre), As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Under the Oaks Shakespeare), as well as roles in short films, feature films, commercials and television. Heidi completed a 2-year program in Meisner and Chekhov techniques at MCIT.