The Good Times Are Killing Me

by Lynda Barry

This autobiographical comic drama by the noted cartoonist about growing up in an interracial neighborhood in the 1960s enjoyed a very successful Off-Broadway run. Twelve-year-old best friends, one black and one white, stand by each other through upheaval and tragedy, in spite of each family’s disapproval. Racial peer pressure eventually drives a wedge between Edna and Bonna. Interspersed are songs of the sixties, some heard on the Victrola others performed by the cast.

September 24-26 and October 1-3, 1999 – Fisher Theater, Ames

Cast

Aunt Margaret – Amanda Green
Bonita – Meisha Colbert
Bonna Willis – Anika Baty
Cousin Ellen – Amy Kapustka
Cousin Steve – Nicholas Anstey
Earl Stelly – Randy Jenkins
Edna Arkins – Angela Jacobson
Elvin Willis – Leon Satchell
Jackie – Ahnna Min
Kimmy – Theresa Gonzalez
Lucy Arkins – Melissa Larsen
Marcus – Shaune Freeman
Mr. Arkins – Paul Hunt
Mr. Willis – Donnavan Tyler
Mrs. Arkins – Barb Wiedmann
Mrs. Doucette – Emily Julius
Mrs. Hosey – Kelly Bartlett
Mrs. Mercer – Kelly Bartlett
Mrs. Willis – Chiante Gibson
Reverend Glasper – Eric Ashby
Sharon – Holly Tillinghast
Theresa Doucette – Jessica Jones
Uncle Don – Anthony Forsmark
Uncle Mark – Eric Ashby

Production Team

Choreographer – Eve Himmelheber
Costume Design – Brian Hemesath
Costume Shop Supervisor – Doris Nash
Director – Shirley Basfield-Dunlap
Lighting Design – Jim Trenberth
Master Electrician – David Bovenkamp
Properties Coordinator – Jennifer Graham
Scenic Design – Matthew Cook-Anderson
Sound Engineer – Benjamin Myers
Sound Engineer – Aaron Schmidt
Stage Manager – Brad Armentrout
Stage Manager – Reid Watson
Stage Manager – Sarah Weitzel
Technical Director – Brian Swanson