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Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire’s take on Southie

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines his hometown with ‘Good People,’ at the Huntington Theatre through October 14.

There are a lot of reasons I never wrote about Southie until now, but the short answer is I WAS TERRIFIED. You love and care about these people deeply, and you don’t want to misrepresent them. We get offended easily, and justifiably, when the stories being put out there are that we’re all criminals and racists.

The reason I finally wrote Good People is because I kept hearing people say how BRITISH PLAYWRIGHTS WRITE ABOUT CLASS. That’s something that is so present to me. It’s something I thought about coming from Southie and my own history at 11 years old getting a scholarship to Milton Academy, where I got introduced to a class of people so different than the ones I grew up with.

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