Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston celebrates South Boston Club alumnus, the award-winning David Lindsay-Abaire, at the Thursday, September 20 performance of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Good People, Lindsay-Abaire's compelling Southie story. The humor-filled Broadway hit about identity, fate, and class comes home to Boston to open the Huntington's 31st season. Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn and Massachusetts State Senator John A. "Jack" Hart are honorary chairs of the event that is sponsored by Bank of America, Gourmet Caterers, and Huntington Theatre Company Trustee John D. Spooner.
Called, "Enthralling and utterly gripping" by the Los Angeles Times, Good People takes place in South Boston where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills and bingo is a night on the town. Sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job and is facing eviction. Scrambling to make ends meet for herself and her developmentally disabled adult daughter, she looks up an old flame – now a fertility doctor living in Chestnut Hill with his young wife – hoping he'll help her make a fresh start. Lindsay-Abaire's acclaimed drama explores how twists of fate determine our path. The Boston Globe says, "Good People maps the fault lines of social class with a rare acuity of perception while also packing a substantial emotional wallop."
A member of the South Boston Boys & Girls Clubs since age six, David received the prestigious and coveted Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston Milton Academy Scholarship at 13. The scholarship proved to be a life changing experience, as his love for theatre developed at Milton (though he may have gotten his start in 1982 playing the role of Prince Charles in a South Boston Club reenactment of the Royal Wedding). While busy at Milton, he continued to periodically visit the South Boston Club. Last May, he was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame.
The nationally-renowned Kate Whoriskey (Ruined and How I Learned to Drive Off Broadway) directs the Huntington's production of the New York Drama Critic's Circle award winner that features JohAnna Day (God of Carnage and Carol Mulroney at the Huntington) as Margie Walsh. The cast includes local favorites Nancy E. Carroll and South Boston native Karen MacDonald as Margie's Southie friends, Michael Laurence (Desire Under the Elms on Broadway) as the high school boyfriend Margie tracks down in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, Rachel Holmes, and Nick Westrate.
David Lindsay-Abaire's (playwright) Rabbit Hole was produced at the Huntington in 2006. The play was honored with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony Award nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. His most recent play, Good People, premiered on Broadway and received two Tony Award nominations and the 2011 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play of the Year. Other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside. Lindsay-Abaire is also a screenwriter, lyricist, and librettist. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award and two Tony Awards (Best Score and Best Book of a Musical) for his work on Shrek The Musical and the Kleban Award as America's most promising musical theatre lyricist. Lindsay-Abaire's screen credits include the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole (starring Nicole Kidman, Academy Award nomination) and the upcoming Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks) and Oz: The Great and Powerful (Disney).
Good People plays at the Huntington Theatre Company September 14 – October 14, 2012. Single tickets are available at a wide range of price points online at huntingtontheatre.org/goodpeople, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (264 Huntington Ave.) and the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) Box Offices.