Good People: Frances McDormand to star

Academy Award winner Frances McDormand ("Fargo") will return to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere production of Good People, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ('Rabbit Hole') to be directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan ('Proof').

Good People opens at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 3 Mar 2011, following previews from 8 Feb 2011, for a limited engagement.

McDormand received an Oscar for her portrayal of 'Marge Gunderson' in the Coen Brothers' film "Fargo." On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of 'Stella' in the 1988 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire."

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, along with "Rabbit Hole" director and Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, return to MTC to premiere his newest work, Good People.

Good People: Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo... where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills... and where Margie Walsh (McDormand) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who has made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out.

In Good People Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Together, playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and MTC have brought four outstanding new plays to the New York stage. Their most recent collaboration, Rabbit Hole, earned a Tony Award and garnered Lindsay-Abaire the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Additional casting and creative team for Good People as well as other listings information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Frances Mcdormand's (Margie Walsh) stage appearances include 'The Country Girl' directed by Mike Nichols on Broadway, Caryl Churchill's 'Far Away' directed by Stephen Daldry at New York Theatre Workshop, her Tony-nominated performance as 'Stella' in 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' 'The Sisters Rosenzweig' directed by Daniel Sullivan at Lincoln Center Theatre, 'The Swan' at The Public Theatre, 'A Streetcar Named Desire' (this time as 'Blanche') at the Gate Theater in Dublin, and Dare Clubb's 'Oedipus' at the Blue Light Theater Company opposite Billy Crudup. With The Wooster Group, she performed in 'To You, The Birdie!' and 'North Atlantic.'

Films include "Burn After Reading," "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," "Friends With Money," "Laurel Canyon," "Something's Gotta Give," "Wonder Boys," "City By The Sea," "Madeline," "Primal Fear," "Lone Star," "Palookaville," "Chattahoochee," "Darkman," "Hidden Agenda," "Short Cuts," "Beyond Rangoon," "Paradise Road," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "Raising Arizona," and "Blood Simple." She can next be seen in "Transformers 3" and opposite Sean Penn in "This Must Be the Place."

She is the recipient of four Academy Award nominations: "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous," "North Country," and "Fargo," for which she received the award for her performance as 'Marge Gunderson.

Frances McDormand

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