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A Good Man

2004 Festival

John Ruocco

Music Director
William Foster McDaniel

Cheryl Alexander, Sondra Bonitto, John Martin Green, Derrick Middleton, Kevyn Morrow, Anika Noni Rose, Ed Setrakian, C.E Smith and David St. Louis

Contact for Rights

David Friedlander, esc.

(914) 241-1277
(646) 209.9906

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 7
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 10
Orchestra Breakdown:

Blues/Rock band

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Based on an award-winning novel, this hauntingly beautiful family story is set in rural Mississippi just after World War II. A black sharecropper, a well-liked and respected farmer, decides to paint his dilapidated tenant house white. His simple wish sets off passions and suspicions which gather like a summer storm, shattering family and community, and ending in a wrenching act of violence. The show is intensely dramatic, surprisingly funny, and musically rich. Americana, influenced by the blues, gospel, jazz and rock; as well as Copland, Arlen and Bernstein.

Festival Successes

World Premiere at Vienna Chamber Opera (Austria) in 2006. Productions at the Schomburg Center and York Theatre (NY). Readings at Amas Musical Theatre (The Snapple Th in NY) in 2011. Developmental reading at The O’Neill Theater Center (CT) in 2012.