Our Country's Good

MAY 26 - JUNE 26, 2022*

Based on Thomas Keneally’s historical novel, “The Playmaker,” Our Country’s Good tells the true story of Australia’s first theatrical performance in 1789. The new penal colony in New South Wales, in what is now the city of Sydney, is populated by British Royal Navy, Marines, convicted petty thieves, prostitutes, and murderers. A Royal Marine lieutenant casts a motley group of convicts to present a Restoration comedy for the celebration of King Goerge III’s birthday. In order to defend his production to both the British officers and the criminals, he must convince them that “there is more to life than crime and punishment.” The play is produced against a backdrop of food shortages and barbaric prison punishments. Yet as the barrier between captors and captives breakdown, they start to discover each other both on stage and behind the scenes.

*Note: The show on Friday, June 10 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 8, at 8:00pm.

Director: Sally Smythe

Set Designer: Clay Wilcox
Costume Designer: Lena Sands
Light Designer: Leigh Allen
Sound Designer: Nick Foran
Prop Master: Rachel Ross-Sullivan
Dialect Coach: Deborah Ross-Sullivan

1507 El Centro Street
South Pasadena 91030


directed by Sally Smythe


Pat Towne
Robert Cesario
Kila Packett
Tavis Baker
Patrick Brooker
Sam Cass
Esdras Toussaint
Schuyler Mastain
Grace Hawthorn
Daisy Donohue
Michaela Ivey
Danny Brown


General Admission (May 27 - June 26): $35
Preview Admission (May 25 - 26): $25 (with promo code PREVIEW at online checkout)
Seniors & Students: $25

(Paid online or with cash or check made out to "South Pasadena Theatre Workshop" at the door)

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