Our Country's Good (2013)

Scene from Our Country's Good of two women in period clothing standing with their backs to each other
Photo: Lawrence Peart

by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by James Daniels

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
October 18, 19, 23-36 at 8:00 p.m.
October 20, 27 at 2:00 p.m.

"...a backstage play with social conscience, demonstrating the redemptive power of theater and of education." - The New York Times

Miles from their homeland, a boat full of Royal Marine officers and convicts arrives on the Australian shore in 1789, forced to create a community in a fledgling penal colony. Amid the brutal conditions of the settlement, a determined lieutenant volunteers to direct the convicts - a collection of murderers and thieves - in a comedic stage play. With no support from his fellow Marines and the leading lady's imminent execution, it's questionable if the show will go on.

Adapted from Thomas Keneally's best-selling novel The Playmaker, Our Country's Good has received great critical acclaim, receiving six Tony Award nominations and winning the Olivier Award for Best Play and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play. View the Our Country's Good playbill.

Our Country's Good contains mature content, including strong language, violence and sexual situations.


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BroadwayWorld.com: "OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD Extols the Virtues of Theater"
The Daily Texan: "Our Country's Good portays the life of British prisoners in Australia"