Shattered Globe Theatre :: Chicago Theater

Our Country’s Good

Written by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Roger Smart

January 9, 2014 – February 22, 2014
Show Times:
Thursday through Saturday: 8pm
Sunday: 3pm
Performance Location:
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657 (see map)
Tickets from $18
Purchase using the calendar at right or calling (773) 975-8150
Running Time:
2:15 with one 15 minute intermission

Wertenbaker’s adaptation of The Playmaker, by Thomas Keneally, examines Australia’s first penal colony and the redemptive power of art. As the inmates rehearse for the upcoming production, light is shed on the class system of the colony, relationships between the incarcerated and the officers tasked with policing them, and the effect of art on a prison population. OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court Theatre and later ran on Broadway, garnering many awards along the way. Nominee of six Tony Awards and winner of two Laurence Olivier Awards and a New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award, the play was remounted in London this year to mark the 25th anniversary of its debut.

CAST:

Mary Franke…………………………………………….Reverend Johnson/Duckling Smith

Christina Gorman…………………………………..2nd Lt. William Faddy/Dabby Bryant

Arch Harmon…………………………..Capt. Tench/Aboriginal Australian/Black Caesar

Addison Heimann…………………………………..Lt. George Johnston/Ketch Freeman

Dillon Kelleher……………………………………………………………..John Wisehammer

Kelsey Melvin……………………………………..u/s Reverend Johnson/Duckling Smith

Eileen Niccolai…………………………………………Captain David Collins/Liz Morden

Steve Peebles…………………………………………………………..Lt. Ralph Clark

Drew Schad………………………………………………Capt. Arthur Phillip/Harry Brewer

Megan Skord……………………………………………..Capt. Jemmy Campbell/Meg Long

Abbey Smith……………………………………………………………………Mary Brenham

Kevin Viol…………………………………………………….Lt. Will Dawes/Robert Sideway

Ben Werling………………………………………………..Major Robbie Ross/Josh Arscott

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Judy Anderson…………………………………………………………..Production Manager

Rosie Chevalier……………………………………………………………………..Producer

Susan Gosdick………………………………………………………………..Dialect Coach

Vivian Knouse………………………………………………………………….Props Design

Michael McNamara………………………………………………………..Lighting Design

Kelsey Melvin……………………………………………………………….Assistant Director

Connor Murray………………………………………………………….Sound Design

Jeton Murtishi………………………………………………………………..Composer

Amanda Rozmiarek……………………………………………………..Technical Director

Roger Smart…………………………………………………………Director / Scenic Design

Jeffrey Clark Stokes……………………………………………………….Stage Manager

Sarah Jo White……………………………………………………………….Costume Design

Timberlake Wertenbaker is a British playwright, screenwriter, librettist and translator. Her many other plays include The Grace of Mary Traverse, The Love of the Nightingale, and Three Birds Alighting on a Field. She is the Artistic Director of Natural Perspective Theatre Company, and an artistic adviser to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. In addition to many other critical accolades, she has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Additionally, she has written for the screen, opera, and radio, and has translated multiple classical and modern works.

 Hailing originally from England, Roger Smart is one of the original members of SGT, performing in the first production of Frozen Assets, before going on to direct and design Talk Radio and a number of other productions for the company. Most recently for SGT he directed Happy Now? and Her Naked Skin, and for West Virginia University, Blood Wedding. Roger has directed extensively in Chicago and Southern California. Credits include A Streetcar Named Desire; Saint Joan; The Road to Mecca; The Trial; In a Pig’s Valise; Œdipus; Scenes From an Execution; The Life of Galileo; Dylan; The Women; Road; subUrbia; Duet For One; A Map of the World; Six Characters in Search of an Author; Julius Caesar; and Romeo & Juliet. Upcoming directing projects include Shakespeare’s Henry IV at West Virginia University. Roger has an MFA in Directing from the University of California, Irvine, and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation, which addresses psychophysical modalities of training actors, through the auspices of the University of London, Goldsmiths College. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and is delighted to be Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at West Virginia University.