Inspired by a real clinic, a new play set inside a rural Connecticut mental health center that depicts an American community on the edge and looks at how health professionals, patients, and families fight to survive in the face of mental illness.
From the producers: Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures a whole American community on the edge. Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels, his colleague Evangeline and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight - and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity.
Author David Rabe won the Tony Award for Best Play for "Sticks and Bones" in 1972. He also received Tony award nominations for Best Play in 1974 ("In the Boom Boom Room"), 1977 ("Streamers") and 1985 ("Hurlyburly"). "Good for Otto" premiered at Chicago's Gift Theatre in 2015.
Scott Elliott ("Threepenny Opera," "Barefoot in the Park") directs a cast made up of Rhea Perlman, F. Murray Abraham, Kate Buddeke, Laura Esterman, Nancy Giles, Lily Gladstone, Ed Harris, Charlotte Hope, Mark Linn-Baker, Amy Madigan, Rileigh McDonald, Kenny Mellman, Maulik Pancholy, and Michael Rabe.What's The New Group?
Founded by Artistic Director Scott Elliott in the mid-90s, The New Group is an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. Past productions include the original production of the Tony-winning musical "Avenue Q"
in 2003, and the critically-acclaimed revival of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" in 2005. More here