Players Set for "Spider Man" Scribe's 'Good Boy' at Pasadena Playhouse

Published : Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 11:31 AM

From Top clockwise: Ben Ahlers (Brandon Hardy), Betsy Brandt (Elizabeth Hardy), James Carpinello (Russell Shay), Annamarie Kasper (Cheryl Moody). Photo courtesy: The Pasadena Playhouse

The cast for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s story of privileged innocence sullied, ‘Good Boys,’ is set, according to Pasadena Playhouse.

Directed by Carolyn Cantor for the Playhouse’s mainstage, “Good Boys” will star Betsy Brandt of CBS’ “Life in Pieces” and AMC’s landmark “Breaking Bad.”

Brandt will be joined by “Rock of Ages” and “Saturday Night Fever” star James Carpinello, Ben Ahlers (“The Village”), Toks Olagundoye (“Veep”), Dylan Arnold (“Halloween”), and Annamarie Kasper (“Criminal Minds”).

The production represents the premiere of Aguirre-Sacasa’s reworking of his own piece, “Good Boys and True.”

“Good Boys” is a set at a private prep school where a young princeling being groomed for success in the mold of his father, runs into trouble involving a videotape. The work is actually a family drama about how Brandon Hardy’s family wrestles with addressing the scandal.

The conflict for them lies between truth and protection of the family legacy.

“The dramatic situations in this play are uncannily similar to incidents and issues that we’re still grappling with in this country – viscerally – even more so than when I first wrote ‘Good Boys,’” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “In revisiting the play, I further explored themes like privilege, masculinity, and personal responsibility, as Brandon and Elizabeth find themselves on trial by their community and each other. ‘Good Boys’ is a sort of ‘moral thriller,’ a game of cat and mouse between a mother and her son, with twists and turns that will keep you guessing about the truth right up to the end.”

Aguirre-Sacasa is an award-winning playwright, comic book writer, and screenwriter. Broadway credits include the musical version of “American Psycho” based on the classic novel by Bret Easton Ellis, and the upcoming Broadway musical “Magic Mike.”

His plays include “Abigail/1702,” “Good Boys and True,” “Based on a Totally True Story,” “King of Shadows,” “The Mystery Plays,” “Dark Matters,” to name a few. He was part of the team that overhauled “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

He is creator and executive producer of the television series “Riverdale” on the CW network and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” on Netflix. He is Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics.

“Good Boys” will run June 26 through July 21. Tickets are currently on sale to the general public at








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