Bringing together an outstanding, large cast with a world-class artistic team, Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd directs Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men. This epic production brings this captivating military courtroom drama to life. A Few Good Men runs March 1 through March 24, 2013, on the Hubbard Stage.
Aaron Sorkin is an Academy and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright, whose film credits include The Social Network, Moneyball, Charlie Wilson's War, and the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. Sorkin's HBO hit series, The Newsroom, debuted in 2012 bringing in an average of 7 million viewers per episode. Sorkin produced and wrote the television series Sports Night, winning the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics Association Award. He spent the next four years writing and producing The West Wing, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four years, two Peabody Awards and the Humanitas Prize.
Aaron Sorkin returns to the Alley Theatre after The Farnsworth Invention in 2009 with this captivating courtroom drama. A Few Good Men ran for nearly 500 performances on Broadway in 1989, became an Oscar-nominated film in 1992 and was re-conceived for a 2005 London revival. This taut, tense thriller, originally inspired by true events, erupts when two Marines are accused of the hazing death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. This hard-hitting, suspenseful story puts the Marine code of honor on trial.
"Sorkin's plays live in a way most theatre writing doesn't," Artistic Director Gregory Boyd says. "As scene follows scene his plays have a tempo-rhythm, a quickening and almost musical life - in orchestrating the entire event, Sorkin uses all the tools. His writing is alive - and he is, and rightly, a model of contemporary dramatic storytelling. We're very pleased to welcome him back to the Alley's stage."
The cast of A Few Good Men featuresAlley Theatre Resident Company Members Jeffrey Bean as Cmdr. Walter Stone, James Black as Capt. Matthew A. Markinson, Emily Neves as Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway, David Rainey as Judge Julius Alexander Randolph, Jay Sullivan as Cpl. Howard, and Todd Waite as Capt. Isaac Whitaker.
Making their Alley Theatre debuts are Max Carpenter as Pfc. Louden Downey, Robert Eli as Lt. Jack Ross, David Pegram as Lance Cpl. Harold W. Dawson, Michael Schantz as Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick, Lee Sellars as Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep, Jeremy Webb as Lt. j.g. Daniel A. Kaffee, and Jared Zirilli as Lt. j.g. Sam Weinberg.
Houston actors making their Alley debuts are Daniel Bevan, Andrew Garrett, Dain Geist, Darnea S. Olson, Benjamin Reed and Tristien Marcellous Winfree.
Houston actors returning to the Alley stage include Ross Bautsch, Mark Jackson, and Justin O'Brien.
A Few Good Men features scenic design by Takeshi Kata and costume design by Alejo Vietti. Lighting design is by David Lander with sound design by Jill BC DuBoff, Assistant Director Brandon Weinbrenner and Technical Advisor Steve Waldner.