Good People

Good People

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:
(Good People is also published by TCG Books.) 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.

Artistic Statement:
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

Additional Funders:
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

Award Wins and Nominations

Tony Award®
Best Play
2011 Nominee
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role In A Play
2011 Winner
Frances McDormand

Drama Desk Award 
Outstanding Play
2011 Nominee
Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer)
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire

Outstanding Actress In A Play
2011 Winner
Frances McDormand

Subsequent Productions:

Hampstead Theatre and Old Vic

London, UK

April 10-14, 2014

WaterTower Theatre

Addison, TX

June 6, 2014 - June 29, 2014

Alley Theatre

Houston, TX

May 30, 2014 - June 29, 2014

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

Bloomsburg, PA

May 8, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Capital Stage

Sacramento, CA

April 30, 2014 - June 1, 2014

The Public Theatre

Lewiston, ME

March 14, 2014 - March 23, 2014

Curious Theatre Company

Denver, CO

March 8, 2014 - April 19, 2014

Northern Stage

White River Junction, VT

March 5, 2014 - March 23, 2014

Hampstead Theatre

London, England

February 27, 2014 - April 5, 2014


Fayetteville, AR

February 13, 2014 - March 9, 2014

Ensemble Theatre Company

Santa Barbara, CA

February 6, 2014 - February 23, 2014

Riverside Theatre

Iowa City, IA

January 24, 2014 - February 16, 2014

Gamm Theatre

Pawtucket, RI

November 7, 2013 - December 8, 2013

Salt Lake Acting Company

Salt Lake City, UT

October 30, 2013 - November 24, 2013

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Richmond, VA

October 17, 2013 - November 9, 2013

Marin Theatre Company

Mill Valley, CA

September 6, 2013 - September 15, 2013


Coral Gables, FL

July 20, 2013 - August 18, 2013

Vermont Stage Company

Burlington, VT

April 24, 2013 - May 12, 2013

Syracuse Stage

Syracuse, NY

April 24, 2013 - May 12, 2013

Cleveland Playhouse

Cleveland, OH

March 22, 2013 - April 14, 2013

Unicorn Theatre

Kansas City, MO

February 27, 2013 - March 24, 2013

Performance Network Theatre

Ann Arbor, MI

February 21, 2013 - March 31, 2013

Arena Stage

Washington, DC

February 1, 2013 - March 10, 2013

George Street Playhouse

New Brunswick, NJ

January 29, 2013 - February 24, 2013

Alliance Theatre

Atlanta, GA

January 16, 2013 - February 10, 2013

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

January 2, 2013 - January 27, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Theater

Pittsburgh, PA

November 8, 2012 - December 9, 2012

PURE Theatre

Charleston, SC

November 2, 2012 - December 8, 2012

The Old Globe

San Diego, CA

September 29, 2012 - October 28, 2012

Huntington Theatre Company

Boston, MA

September 14, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Chicago, IL

September 13, 2012 - November 18, 2012

Dorset Theatre Festival


June 20, 2012 - July 7, 2012

Geffen Playhouse

Los Angeles, CA

April 3, 2012 - May 13, 2012



Good People to transfer to the West End

Hampstead Theatre, March 21, 2014

Good People continues Hampstead Theatre's artistic rebirth

Metro, March 10, 2014

Good People, Hampstead Theatre, London - Review

The Financial Times, March 9, 2014

Class act Imelda is the heir to Dame Judi:QUENTIN LETTS reviews Good People

Daily Mail, March 7, 2014

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British Theatre Guide, March 7, 2014

Good People, Hampstead Theatre - Imelda Staunton is sensational - theatre review

London Evening Standard, March 6, 2014

Good People review - 'Imelda Staunton fills a cracking lead role to perfection'

The Guardian, March 6, 2014

Good People, Hampstead Theatre, review

The Telegraph, March 6, 2014

Good People, theatre review: Imelda Staunton magnificent as tough single mother

The Independent, March 6, 2014

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What's On Stage, March 6, 2014

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Exeunt Magazine, March 6, 2014

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Time Out London, March 6, 2014

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The Stage, March 6, 2014

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The Arts Desk, March 5, 2014

From Pulitzers to Tonys, David Lindsay-Abaire Turns Blue Collar Roots Into Art

Huffington Post, June 12, 2011

Good People, Book of Mormon, Jerusalem Named Winners of New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards

Playbill, May 9, 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

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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, March 2, 2011

Manhattan Theatre Club's GOOD PEOPLE Extends Through May 8th, February 22, 2011