WORLD PREMIERE DEBUT FROM AN ATLANTIC ENSEMBLE MEMBER.
by ROD MCLACHLAN
directed by BOB KRAKOWER
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St.
In his off-Broadway playwriting debut, Atlantic Ensemble member Rod McLachlan pulls back the curtain on modern television drama at its most extreme. Connie is an intervention counselor and producer on a reality television series which profiles people suffering from addiction.
Against her better judgment, her superiors convince her to take on a special, risky case in the hopes of making a riveting, explosive episode. When Connie and her colleagues travel to South Carolina to interview a young meth addict and his family, Connie’s own demons resurface and the “explosive episode” threatens to blow up in her face.
Q&A with Rod McLachlan about GOOD TELEVISION
First look: GOOD TELEVISION production photos
The New York Times
Review: A Meth Addict with a Perfect Résumé
TALIA BALSAM is happy to return to the Atlantic where she performed in the 10×25 plays. Some theater credits include: Jake’s Women (Broadway, Theater World Award), F2M by Patricia Wettig (NYSF), Cedar City Falls by Liz Tucillo (Galapagos Theater and The Cell), Strangers Knocking (The New Group), original cast of Psychopathia Sexualis by John Patrick Shanley (Mark Taper Forum), and Snakebit by David Marshall Grant (Remains Theater). Films: No Strings Attached (Ivan Reitman), The Return (Liza Johnson), The Wackness (Jonathan Levine), Cake Eaters (Mary Stuart Masterson), Conviction (Tony Goldwyn), All the Kings Men (Steve Zallian), Little Manhattan, Killing Emmet Young, and In the Mood. Recent television includes 6 seasons recurring as Mona Sterling on “Mad Men” and this past season on “Homeland.”
JESSICA CUMMINGS (Tara). Broadway: The Seagull. Off-Broadway: Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Cyrano (Arden Theatre Company), Leveling Up (The O’Neill), The Dream of the Burning Boy (The O’Neill). Other NYC credits: All About Eve (The Actors Fund), Laws of Motion (P.S.122), Balaton (Electric Pear Productions), Remembrancer Vessel (Center Stage), Cephalopod (FringeNYC). Film: Diving Normal, Astraea. Television: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “The Big C.”
BOB KRAKOWER (Director). Theatre: At Actors Theatre of Louisville; Resident Director and Director of Actor Training, and a creative force behind the bi-yearly Shorts Festivals of New American Plays, producing and/or directing over 100 plays. He was also founder and director of San Francisco’s award winning Encore Theatre. As writer, film: Bobby Z starring Laurence Fishburne, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walker. TV: Director, episodes of “Reba” and “What I Like About You.” One of the top acting teachers and coaches in the country, Bob’s clients have been nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globes, the Emmy Award and the Tony Award, including Rooney Mara, Reba McEntire, Louis CK, Josh Duhamel, Jessica Hecht, Kathy Najimy, Aaron Tveit, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Fallon. He lives in NYC with his wife – actress & CEO Wendy Makkena – and their daughter Ruby.
JOHN MAGARO (Clemson) is making his Atlantic Theater Debut. NY: Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Lillian Yuralia (LaMaMa E.T.C.). Regional highlights include Orphans (Penguin Rep), Adam Rapp’s Gompers (City Theatre), The Grapes of Wrath (The Cleveland Playhouse), Kimberly Akimbo (Pittsburgh Playhouse), The Sunken Living Room (New Theatre/Southern Rep.). Film credits: Not Fade Away, Liberal Arts, My Soul to Take, The Brave One, The Box, Taking Chance, The Life Before Her Eyes, Assassination of a High School President, Kiddie Ride, Deep Powder and the upcoming film Captain Phillips. He has been seen on television in “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Body of Proof,” “Conviction,” and “Person of Interest.”
KELLY McANDREW (Connie) Broadway: Maggie the Cat, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: Still Life (MCC), The Cataract (The Women’s Project), Book of Days (Signature Theatre). Other New York Theatre includes My California (Here Arts), Greedy (Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvey Mouse (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Trout Stanley (Culture Project), Lyric is Waiting (kef productions). Recent regional credits include: Other Desert Cities (The Guthrie), Good People (Pittsburgh Public), August: Osage County, Alive and Well, Dividing the Estate, Sight Unseen (The Old Globe), Precious Little (City Theatre). Other regional theaters include: ART, Huntington, Cincinnati Playhouse, Denver Center, Shakespeare on the Sound, Arena Stage, Baltimore Centre Stage. TV: “Smash,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gossip Girl.” Film: In the Family (2011 SPIRIT nomination), Everybody’s Fine (with Robert DeNiro), Superheroes, New Guy, Out of the Darkness.