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You wanna buy a rabbit?

AFD Theatre Teamed Up with Brightview Senior Living on Good People Props

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We needed rabbits. Rabbits made out of flower pots, with googly eyes. These rabbits play a pivotal, not to mention extremely funny, role in “Good People.” And they have to be just right. And… a little ugly.

Arlington Friends of the Drama has produced musical and plays with a wide range of props—everything from empty cat food tins for Grey Gardens to an overdone roast in The Odd Couple. Whatever the challenge, AFD’s prop masters and mistresses have constructed, crafted, or located exactly the right piece, however odd or unusual. For AFD Theatre’s production of “Good People,” opening January 9, the challenge was to create a collection of bunny sculptures made from clay flowerpots, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes.

The production team for Good People turned to a unique source of help for making the hand-crafted bunnies. A team of residents at Brightview Senior Living in Arlington pitched in and created the bunny-sculpture props, resulting in a one-of-a-kind set that appears exclusively in this production.

Happy New Year, Good People of AFD!

What does it mean to be Good People? To be kind? generous? honest? prosperous? loyal?
What does it take to be Good Theater? To be funny? dramatic? gripping? scathing?
Join us to explore these questions, and more, at the AFD production of Good People,” the crackerjack play by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Some AFD favorites are pulling no punches in depicting memorable, vibrant characters. Dayle Ballentine will break your heart as Maggie. Iain Bason will rattle you with his character Mike, a good guy? maybe. Jennifer Bubriski will make you laugh out loud as the Mean Jean who’s a loyal friend above all. Cheryl Carter-Miller delivers some of the best zingers written in theater in the last many years with gusto. Matthew Arnold as Stevie brings humor, hurt, and heart to a young guy caught between a rock and a hard place. Shalaye Camillo has a quiet and intense presence as the wife and mother…
Don’t miss the production at AFD. Get your tickets today.
  • Fridays, January 9 and 16, 8pm
  • Saturdays, January 10 and 17, 8pm
  • Sundays, January 11 and 18, 4pm

Director Jerry Bisantz is not hesitant to say: “this is the best new play I have read in the last 10 years by an American playwright.”

And we ask you to be Good People, too, and help us spread the word. 

This is promising to be one of our best plays, in one of our best seasons, ever. We need people to come see it! Please help by forwarding and inviting your friends. They will thank you. We will thank you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“Good People” is the Tony Award-winning play that explores shifting loyalties and hopes in South Boston. Margie, struggling to raise her disabled daughter by herself, attempts to get help from an old Southie boyfriend who has “escaped” the neighborhood and “made good” as a respected physician, married to a refined woman of color, and now living in posh Chestnut Hill.

Surrounding Margie are colorful characters from her world of parish bingo games, bars, scratch tickets and welfare… a world that Margie could never escape.

Is Stevie “Good People”?

What is “Good People”? The play asks the question. So do we.

What great writing feels like

This is what great writing feels like: You’re watching a scene in rehearsal for the tenth time, and you’re still laughing out loud. 
Of course, the actors need to be delivering, too. And the director. It doesn’t happen often this way, but when it does, you know you’ve got magic on your hands.
And it’s happening these days at rehearsals for “Good People,” the crackerjack play by David Lindsay-Abaire, set to open in just a couple weeks. When the four actors wisecrack their way through the bingo scene, everyone in the house is struck by the wit, the poignancy, the timing, and the great acting.
Don’t miss the production at AFD. Get your tickets today.
  • Fridays, January 9 and 16, 8pm
  • Saturdays, January 10 and 17, 8pm
  • Sundays, January 11 and 18, 4pm

“Good People” is the Tony Award-winning play that explores shifting loyalties and hopes in South Boston. Margie, struggling to raise her disabled daughter by herself, attempts to get help from an old Southie boyfriend who has “escaped” the neighborhood and “made good” as a respected physician, married to a refined woman of color, and now living in posh Chestnut Hill.

Surrounding Margie are colorful characters from her world of parish bingo games, bars, scratch tickets and welfare… a world that Margie could never escape.

Director Jerry Bisantz is not hesitant to say: “this is the best new play I have read in the last 10 years by an American playwright”. 

CAST
Margaret: Dayle Ballentine
Stevie: Matthew Arnold
Dottie: Cheryl Carter-Miller
Jean: Jennifer Bubriski
Mike: Iain Bason
Kate: Shalaye Camillo

Wow! A great offer on AFD Memberships! Only $45 for 75% of the season

AFD wants you! And this is a great time to join us for tiny money.

With our stellar production of “Avenue Q” we feel like we’ve got new life, new edge, and new spark for a revitalized community.

We hope you got the chance to see it! It was one of our favorite shows ever–some have said better than the version on Broadway. Sadly, some folks missed it because it was sold out. Don’t let that happen to you… You can guarantee tickets by joining now and reserving your seats.

Our next three productions promise great things. This is a perfect time to snag your tickets by joining for the REALLY REASONABLE price of just $45 for the rest of the season.

  • We’re deep into rehearsals with the drama “Good People,” with performances January 9-18.
  • The spectacular musical “Nine” will run April 10-26.
  • And the comedy “Quartet” will happen June 12-21. 
JUST $45 to join for the rest of the season!! A tremendous bargain.

What’s more, you get:

  • A “Circle of Friends” (Stage Source) Card which entitles you to buy one/get one at dozens of participating theaters.
  • Invitations to parties and events just for Members and Friends.
  • Special newsletters, and a magnet just for your refrigerator
AFD is a special organization that’s been around for many decades. We’ve got a lot of new energy and buzz, and we miss you! Why not take a chance–renew your membership and make sure you don’t miss a beat.
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Drumroll, Please: Announcing the 2015-2016 AFD Slate!

Calling all Stage Directors!  Music Directors!  Choreographers!

We are pleased as punch to announce the AFD theatrical season for 2015/2016. It’s got something for everyone, from classic show-stopping musicals to incisive contemporary drama to a rollicking slap-happy farce. All award winners and crowd pleasers. We hope you join us for every one!

And – we’ll be looking to fill all the spots for cast and crew. First up, we need directors. If you’re interested, please contact Jim Grana, Program Director at actorone_2000@yahoo.com.

acl_gold1 “A CHORUS LINE”

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2015

Music, Book and Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood

 Recently revived on Broadway and hitting its 40th birthday, this great musical is centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It takes place on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.


lwsm_clybourne-park-nyu-08_3617“CLYBOURNE PARK”

JANUARY 2016

By Bruce Norris

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a sharp-edged comedy about race and community. The play walks a dangerous tightrope between social commentary and comedy, exploring and exploding cultural myths about race, community and the pursuit of the American Dream.

The story builds on events depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a black family decides to buy a home in an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Norris sets his comedy in the house the family hopes to buy, and the audience watches the conflicts unfold: first, in 1959 when the white couple agrees to sell the house, and then again in the second act, when a new couple seeks to buy and renovate the house 50 years later.


 boy“THE BOY FROM OZ”

APRIL 2016

Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, Book by Nick Enright
Tony Award Winner ‘Best Actor in a Musical”
Tony Award Nomination “Best Musical”

 The Boy from Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heart-breaking story of the great entertainer Peter Allen — from his humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback, through a meteoric rise to fame as an international star who would break all box office records at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Singing in pubs from age 11, Peter survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter.

The New York Times reviewer noted: Peter Allen brought entertainment and joy in his life and in his work. This show and the people involved deliver that spirit honestly.”


vanyasoniamashaspike“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE”

MAY/JUNE 2016

By Christopher Durang

In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”

All shows subject to change.