* World Premiere

Our Country's Good (1991)
0n June 4, 1789, theatre came to Australia when a group of thieves, whores and cutthroats performed George Farquar's comedy, The Recruiting Officer. From this obscure bit of history, Timberlake Wertenbaker has crafted a panoramic, unabashedly contemporary and generously comic epic about the relationship between art and humanity.

An ambitious young lieutenant prepares to cast the nation's first play in order to introduce culture and humanity to the British penal colony at Botany Bay, Australia. But with only one copy of the script, an illiterate cast, and a leading actress about to be hanged, this could prove to be either a supremely foolhardy or a courageously visionary act. Bawdy, brazen and laden with humor, Our County's Good is as brilliantly theatrical a play as they come.

Nominated earlier this year for six Tony Awards including Best Play, Our Country's Good received the Olivier Award as Best New Play of 1988 and its author, Timberlake Wertenbaker received the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
About the Play
Written By: Timberlake Wertenbaker
On Broadway: IBDB Details
Wikipedia: Read Wikipedia Article
About the Production
Run Dates: 8/10/1991 - 9/8/1991
Program: Program (.pdf)
Venue: Queen Anne
Directed By: Jeff Steitzer
Cast: Jonathan Adams - Captain Watkin Tench; Black Caesar
Laurence Ballard - Major Robbie Ross; Ketch Freeman
Linda Emond - Reverend Johnson; Mary Brenham; Meg Long
Matthew Shawn Miller - An Aboriginal Australian
Marianne Owen - 2nd Lieutenant William Faddy; Dabby Bryant
Jeanne Paulsen - Lieutenant Will Dawes; Liz Morden
Larry Paulsen - Captain David Collins; Robert Sideway
Faye M. Price - Lieutenant George Johnston; Duckling Smith
Peter Silbert - Captain Arthur Phillip; John Wisehammer
Michael Winters - Captain Jemmy Campbell; Midshipman Harry Brewer; John Arscott
R. Hamilton Wright - 2nd Lieutenant Ralph Clark
Behind the Scenes: Steven E. Alter - Dramaturg
Judi Dickerson - Dialect Coach
Peter Maradudin - Lighting Designer
Michael Olich - Production Director
Jim Ragland - Sound Designer
Phil Schermer - Producing Director
Norm Scrivner - Assistant Production Designer
Jeff Steitzer - Artistic Director
Joan Toggenburger - Stage Manager
Susan Trapnell Moritz - Managing Director