OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD, by Timberlake Wertenbaker

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD, by Timberlake Wertenbaker

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Reinberger Auditorium

5209 Detroit Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44102

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As the culmination of a 10-month experimental rehearsal process, SotP presents this historical drama about the redemptive power of theatre.

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June 1789. In the penal colony that will later become Sydney, Australia, a Marine lieutenant is tasked with putting on a play to celebrate the king's birthday. The only catch? His cast members are the English convicts who populate this distant Australian prison camp. Few of them can read, let alone act, and the play is being produced against a background of food shortages and barbaric punishments. Will this theatrical endeavor have the desired civilizing influence, or will everything implode before the curtain goes up?

Featuring ten cast members portraying 22 different characters - convicts and officers alike - "Our Country's Good is a triumph...a tribute to the transforming power of drama...It is heartening to find someone standing up for theatre's unique spiritual power.” (The Guardian)

Starring Abraham Adams*, Scott Esposito, Jeannine Gaskin, Benjamin Gregg, Natalie Sander Kern, Daniel McKinnon, Brett Radke*, James Rankin, Meriah Sage, and Lana Sugarman.

Craig Joseph directs and Sam Landgraf stage manages. With scenic design by Micah Harvey, costume design by George McCarty II, lighting design by Ayron Lord, sound design by Megan Slabach, and properties design by Lisa L. Wiley. Intimacy direction by Casey Venema and fight direction by Ryan Zarecki. Voice and dialect coaching by Chuck Richie. Chekov coaching by Chris Bohan and Lionel Walsh of Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.

*denotes member of Actors' Equity

Content Advisory: Our Country's Good contains several instances of physical violence and menace related to incarceration, colonialism, and corporal punishment, including discussion of - but no portrayal of - death by hanging. There is also discussion of - but no portrayal of - non-consensual sexual intimacy.

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