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All of us are “good people.” But how do we stay that way when faced with the challenges of every day life? One of the gifts of live theatre is that it allows us to reflect on our own lives as we get a glimpse into the lives of others.

Nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People presents us with a riotous and contemplative mix of characters and situations that asks us to consider the dangerous consequence of holding onto the past versus leaving it behind. This deeply human and beautifully written play is sure to have you talking to your friends and family well after you leave the theatre—and isn’t that theatre at its best?

Good People

2011 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play
By David Lindsay-Abaire

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Note: this calendar shows only performances of this production. To see the full calendar of Fulton events, click here.

Important Dates:

  • January 29: Pay-What-You-Want Preview
  • January 30: Fig Preview Night w/ pre-show reception
  • January 31: Opening Night
  • February 7: Thirsty for History Night
  • February 8: Wine Tasting Night
  • February 9: ASL/Open Caption/Audio Description matinee
  • February 12: Open Caption/Audio Description
  • February 13: Asides Pre-Show Presentation (evening only)
  • February 17: Final Performance

David Lindsay-Abaire“The play came about really because of three separate but persistent things I couldn’t get out of my head – a lack of new American plays about class, my old neighborhood of Southie – a very working class, hardscrabble, section of Boston’s inner city – and my experiences as a poor kid attending prep school. Class is something I know about. I’ve lived it every day of my life, and it shaped me in my identity but I didn’t want to be didactic about class. We have this myth that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. It’s not a very American thing to say, but I don’t think that’s true. It’s true for a lot of people, but you need other things to succeed. You need luck, you need opportunity, and you need the life skills to recognize what an opportunity is.

I knew that if I DID decide to write about the old neighborhood, then class would inevitably bubble to the surface because it was so inherently present in the fabric of the community. And I thought if I could tap into my own experiences and memories that came out of attending that prep school, then maybe I could dramatize the topic in a way that reflected my own complicated feelings and struggles with it. So with all those ingredients stewing in the pot, I started to write.
And out came Good People.”

— David Lindsay-Abaire, playwright


Read more about the playwright:

“A Return to Southie, by way of Broadway,” in the New York Times

THE playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for“Rabbit Hole,” grew up in South Boston — Southie, as it’s known. Southie, the setting of his much anticipated Broadway follow-up, “Good People,” is a neighborhood of narrow streets and small houses jammed together on a peninsula jutting into Boston Harbor and cut off from downtown by an old shipping channel. Even to some Bostonians, growing up here is a little like growing up on the moon. They know the place mostly from gritty movies set there, like “Good Will Hunting” and “The Departed.”

Until fairly recently, when gentrifiers began slipping in, the neighborhood was Irish, Catholic and working class, and famously proud, insular, stubborn and independent. Southie was the home of the mobster Whitey Bulger, a local hero to many. In the mid-’70s it was a bastion of anti-busing sentiment — not, many residents insisted, because people in Southie had anything against blacks but because they didn’t care for outsiders, period. And the place has always been known for the local brand of dark humor, which thrives on misery and adversity.

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Preview footage of the Fulton Theatre production of GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire and interviews with Director Bernard Havard and cast members Julie Czarnecki and Dan Olmstead. Performances run through February 17, 2013.

Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire talk about how he took the threads of his working-class South Boston roots and spun them into Good People, Tony-nominated for Best Play. Video courtesy of

An interview with the playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, and the original creative team that originally produced the play at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2011. Video courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club.