Good Samaritans
Rosemary is an intake counselor in a rehab center. Kevin is her patient, sent in lieu of jail time. Rosemary believes in charity; Kevin believes in his ability and doesn’t want to do any of the jobs she assigns him. They have sex and fall in love. Kevin leaves to pursue enjoyment and indulgence. Rosemary grieves. Kevin returns, briefly, then leaves again.

Written and directed by Richard Maxwell

Rosemary: Rosemary Allen
Kevin: Kevin Hurley
Bob: Bob Feldman

Musicians: Catherine McRae, Scott Sherratt

Set, Lights and Costumes: Stephanie Nelson
Producer: Barbara Hogue
General Manager: Christina Masciotti
Production Manager: Gary Wilmes
Technical Director: Arist Richards
Stage Manager: Makeda Christodoulos
Dramaturge: Brian Mendes

Production History

Biennale Bonn, 2004
St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn 2004
Zurich Theater Spektakel, 2005
Melbourne International Festival, 2005
Festival d'Automne à Paris/Centre Pompidou, 2006
Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse 2006
Abrons Arts Center, New York 2017

Due to a strike, performances in Paris were held at Citadines Hotel Les Halles.


When Naturalism Isn't Natural, Subvert the Realism, The New York Times, 2004
Interview: Richard Maxwell on His Revival of ‘Good Samaritans’ and Using Music When Words Aren’t Enough, Stagebuddy, 2017
The Art of Patience, Victoria Teague on Good Samaritans as presented by Abrons Arts Center and New York City Players, New York Theatre Review, 2017
“In Good Samaritans, They Sing and Dance, But This Isn’t ‘La La Land’”, The New York Times, 2017
Good Samaritans, This Week in New York, 2017
Deadpan auteur Richard Maxwell remounts his Good Samaritans, Time Out New York, 2017
Review: Good Samaritans, Paste Magazine, 2017
“Detox, the Musical: Richard Maxwell’s ‘The Good Samaritans’”, Hyperallergic, 2017


A co-production of Biennale Bonn and the Lyric Hammersmith.

Additional support by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation. Made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.