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Good for Otto

Good for Otto
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Rabe
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 98
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 0822235862
ISBN-13: 9780822235866
Cast Size: 9 women, 6 men

About the Play:

Good for Otto is a full-length drama by David Rabe. A psychologist tries to keep the health center he runs in rural Connecticut afloat, battling insurance companies and his own demons, while ministering to the distressed souls who find their way to his door.

Good for Otto 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. 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, David Rabe finds humour and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity.

Good for Otto premiered in 2015 at the Gift Theatre in the Chicago neighbourhood of Jefferson Park. Since then the play has been produced widely at professional theatres across the US, including off-Broadway in 2018 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in the Signature Center, and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 9 women, 6 men

What people say:

"Mr. Rabe’s moving drama [has] a symphonic quality… As exciting as it can be to discover fresh new voices, it can be just as heartening to see a veteran playwright return to powerful form, as Mr. Rabe unquestionably does in this sprawling drama about mental illness… Mr. Rabe digs into his subject with a depth that almost feels bottomless." — New York Times

"…[a] remarkable, three-hour opus by the great American writer David Rabe…who has now penned as comprehensive, heartfelt and even-handed a theatrical look at the issues surrounding mental illness in America as you ever are likely to see." — Chicago Tribune

About the Playwright:

David Rabe has been hailed as one of America's greatest living playwrights. Four of his plays have been nominated for the Tony Award, including one win for Best Play. He is the recipient of an Obie Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, Drama Desk Award, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and three Hull-Warriner Awards for playwriting, among others. He is also the author of numerous screenplays, two critically acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, David Rabe lives with his family in Northwest Connecticut.