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by David Lindsay-Abaire
directed by Daniel Sullivan
originally produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, NY.
February 8, 2011 through May 8, 2011
About the Premiere Production:
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo… where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills… and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
David Lindsay-Abaire’s immense talent was already evident in Fuddy Meers which we produced during MTC’s 1999-2000 season on our off-off-Broadway stage. That was David’s first professional production. We produced his next two plays, Wonder of the World and Kimberly Akimbo, off-Broadway in 2001 and 2003. And in 2006, I was thrilled to produce his debut on Broadway--Rabbit Hole--which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize.
David’s first straight play since Rabbit Hole is Good People. When Margaret, a woman from South Boston, encounters an old boyfriend from the neighborhood who went to college and has made good on the American Dream, she is forced to confront what has held her back in life and why she has never felt that she had the opportunity to break free from poverty’s chains. In this play, David has successfully tackled a topic rarely addressed in the theatre today - the very important issue of class in America - with a strong voice and a lot of heart.
Today’s audiences will most certainly find much to connect with in the play, especially during these troubled times; but the beauty of Good People, and the genius of David’s writing, are that audiences of any age can relate to the essentially universal story of striving for something better.
Good People is another artistic leap for David. I look forward to sharing it with the world in what I am sure will be a thoughtful and beautiful production steered by one of today’s most renowned theatre directors, Daniel Sullivan, who also directed Rabbit Hole. It will star Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan.
What this grant will allow us to do:
We are honored that the Edgerton Foundation has selected Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People to be among the recipients of its 2010 New American Play Awards. This award will provide essential support by allowing us to extend the rehearsal period by one week, providing a full five weeks of rehearsal. This time together before the Broadway curtain rises is a crucial period for the creative team and cast. We believe David’s first solo work since Rabbit Hole will prompt be a great deal of attention and anticipation. The additional week of rehearsal made possible by the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award grant will allow David, director Daniel Sullivan, the cast, including Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan, and other members of the creative team to continue to refine and ready the play for its world premiere audience. We are eager to share the results of this (now extended) collaboration with the world!
Director: Daniel Sullivan
Cast: Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan
This play was commissioned through MTC’s Bank of America New American Play Program. Support for this production was provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation
From Pulitzers to Tonys, David Lindsay-Abaire Turns Blue Collar Roots Into Art
Huffington Post, June 12, 2011
Manhattan Theatre Club's 'Good People' Asks: What Makes a Person Good?
Culture Mob, April 27, 2011
Stage review: In 'Good People,' words don't always mean what they seem
Reading Eagle, April 5, 2011
'Good People' by David Lindsay-Abaire, coming to Geffen Playhouse
Los Angeles Times July 6, 2011
BWW Interviews: GOOD PEOPLE's Estelle Parsons
Broadway World, April 4, 2011
Broadway's Good People Gets Final Extension, Shifting Dates of Master Class
Playbill, March 22, 2011
An excellent cast makes 'Good People' riveting
The Poughkeepsie Journal, March 16, 2011
You'd be fortunate to meet 'Good People'
USA Today, March 4, 2011
'Good People' With Frances McDormand
The New York Times, March 3, 2011
Variety, March 3, 2011
Photo Flash: Playwrights Horizons' KIN
Broadway World, March 3, 2011
David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People Opens on Broadway; Frances McDormand, Tate Donovan Star
Playbill, March 3, 2011
PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With David Lindsay-Abaire
Playbill, March 2, 2011
Manhattan Theatre Club's GOOD PEOPLE Extends Through May 8th
Broadwayworld.com, February 22, 2011