A FEW WORDS ABOUT GOOD PEOPLE from our Director Christine Dunford
Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
– EB White
Mike and Margie. Two kids born in the same blighted neighborhood.
Mike gets out, Margie doesn’t. Mike believes in self-determination. Margie believes in luck.
A “self-made” man like Mike bristles at the suggestion that luck played any part in his success. He takes it as an affront to all of his hard work. Being the sole creator of his destiny, he owes thanks to no one and nothing – least of all “fortune.” It’s simple: the self-made man doesn’t believe in luck – because he doesn’t need it.
Margie doesn’t have that luxury. Like many of the working poor, luck is often the only thing between her and disaster. When you live in a world where a medical emergency costs you a month’s rent, one lucky night at bingo is your best hope for staying alive – and in your apartment.
Given the disparity in their circumstances, it would be easy to cast Margie as the “good person” in this story. But the brilliant David Lindsay-Abaire makes a case for showing Mike some compassion. Because the “self-made” man pays a price for claiming sole credit for his success: he misses the opportunity to feel gratitude. Gratitude teaches us the humility of needing help, of appreciating what’s been done for us – and it plants a seed of urgent desire to return the favor, to relieve the suffering of other people. Gratitude is what allows us to truly, deeply appreciate and savor the good things in our lives. And without it, Mike will never know any of that.
As Margie says of the trappings of his success– “- all of this is wasted on you.” She’s lucky she sees that.
We are so grateful to all of the incredible people who have helped us make this production possible!
It all began on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2088224189/good-people-at-the-hudson-guild-theatre
Here are some of the incredible people we would not be able to do this show without:
A Very Special Southie Thanks to These Good People…Danna and Jeff Black, Angel Harper, Shana Hellman, Elsie Choi and Chase Pletts, Andrea Rojas, Blair Skinner
We are also Extremely Grateful for…Craig Anton, Chip Bolcik, Anne Burk, Audrey Charles, Michelle Danner & The Edgemar Center for the Performing Arts, Patrick Doherty & Sadie, Hollywood, Christine Dunford, Nora Feldman, Timm Freeman, Kay Hanley, Alaisha Hellman, Lily Kravets, Catie LeOrisa, David List, Patricia McMahon & the LMU Theater Shop, Larry Moss, Matthew Perry, Andrea Rojas, Eric Rudnick, Angela Shin, Cary Tusan, Sibyl Wickersheimer, Leon Wiebers, TOTHE, The Hudson Theatricals Staff
We Literally Couldn’t have done this Without the Support of…
Nirvana Adams, Cassandra Angelino, Judy Apperson, Ellie Araiza, Angie Banicki, Greg Barbera, Michael Becker, Zane Buzby & Conan Berkeley, Dianne Bernhard, Pam Bertino, Danna & Jeff Black, Ed Brennan, Tiffany Charles, Elise Choi & Chase Pletts, Roger Davis, Christine Dunford, Susan Fisher,Max Fitelson, Liz & Justin Forcier, Charles S. Fradin, Cory Gluck, Michael Goldberg, David Greenwald, Jessica Lee Haber, Joshua Hafetz, Rebeccad Harman, Angela Harper, Amy Haugen, Alaisha Hellman, Candace Hellman, David Hellman, Jr., David Hellman, Sr., Shana Hellman, Erik Howerbush, Steve Keats, Bonnie Kolber, Bunok Kravitz, Rob LaFond, Kitty Lindsay, Damon Lira, David List, Rosemary Marks & Adrian Carr, Sonny Mayo, Carol & Buddy Morra, Ed & Stephanie Mulligan, Mikey Myers, Shintaro Ogai, Nayan Padrai, David Rickett, Andrea Rojas, Amy Schwartz, Marianne Simon, Blair Skinner, Steve Shaffer & Mark Schiff, Edyta Teper, Cary Tusan, David Weishaar, Tasha Whitmore, Brock Winberg, Daniel Zelinsk, David Zuckerman