March 3, 2011
Margie, a hard-luck single mother living in a shabby South Boston apartment with her disabled adult daughter, loses her cashier job at the local Dollar Store and quickly finds herself facing eviction. A friend suggests a solution: Margie should get in touch with her old flame Mike, who escaped the neighborhood, married a much younger woman and became a successful doctor. The old friends’ reunion after 30 years unlocks memories and resentments that neither has been able to escape.
This is the first play Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire has written that is set in South Boston, the working class neighborhood in which he grew up.
Good People was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club through the Bank of America New American Play Program.
Manhattan Theatre Club
—New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Play
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire has said that the inspiration for this play came from his experience growing up in a poor area and going to school with "a bunch of really rich kids out in the suburbs."