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‘A Few Good Men’ starts at Woodstock Opera House

'A Few Good Men' starts Friday at the Woodstock Opera House.
'A Few Good Men' starts Friday at the Woodstock Opera House.

WOODSTOCK - ‘A Few Good Men’ is coming to the Woodstock Opera House stage. On Friday, June 14, Aaron Sorkin’s play ‘A Few Good Men’ will open for a 3-weekend run. The 22-person cast features 11 actors making their opera house debut in this riveting courtroom drama.

The play originally debuted on Broadway in 1989 at New York’s Music Box Theatre. Sorkin adapted the story for the silver screen in 1992, the film starred Hollywood heavy hitters Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kiefer Sutherland and Jack Nicholson.

This drama follows military lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, as he defends two U.S. Marines, Lance Corporal Harold Dawson and Private First Class Louden Downey, charged with killing fellow Marine, Marine Private First Class William Santiago, at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Kaffee moves to show that the two were carrying out a ‘code red’ order from a commanding officer, resulting in Santiago’s death.

This will be the final production for theatrical group TownSquare Players, prior to their merge with Woodstock Musical Theater Company to form Theatre 121, the namesake taken from the Woodstock Opera House’s address.

The show’s Producer, Roger Zawacki, said the caliber of acting that will be on display in ‘A Few Good Men’ is top notch, the group stepping outside of their standard musical performance to bring this compelling drama to the stage, which is not seen often.

“The show as a play is not done often and we have only done a dramatic show every few years because we generally do big musicals,” said Zawacki. “When we do a drama, people come from all over to audition and you’ll see a level of acting that you don’t see in our light-hearted musicals. The story is riveting.”

The show is directed by Madeline Franklin, the President and Artistic Director at Fremont Street Theater Company in Palatine. Franklin has an extensive resume of productions throughout northern Illinois and Zawacki said they were lucky to get her for their final TSP production.

The production features the infamous ‘you can’t handle the truth’ speech, made famous by Jack Nicholson’s character in the film. The role of Nicholson’s character, Col. Nathan Jessep, is played by Jamie Ewing in the Opera House performance. Zawacki called his performance ‘just as goose bumpy’ as the performance in the film.

Friday's opening night will include a color guard presentation outside of the theater. The American flag and colors will be presented prior to the performance.

The performance run closes on Sunday, June 30. To purchase tickets, visit woodstockoperahouse.com.

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