A tough and tender play about the insurmountable class divide.


When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to old flame Mike, a Southie boy who left the neighborhood and became a successful doctor. Margie's attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a threatening cast when she realizes the power a secret from Mike's past holds. From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the dangerous consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leaving it behind.

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>GOOD PEOPLE</i> Audience Response

    GOOD PEOPLE Audience Response

  2. Good People in Production

    Good People in Production

  3. <i>GOOD PEOPLE</i> Teaser

    GOOD PEOPLE Teaser

  4. Good People in Rehearsal

    Good People in Rehearsal

  5. Season Trailer 2012/13

    Season Trailer 2012/13

Cast & Artists

The Artists

The Cast

Featured Ensemble Members


–Chicago Tribune

"Fiery production…aggressive and raw"
–Chicago Tribune

"Highly Recommended. Should be compulsory viewing for every candidate…every politician currently serving and every voter, too."
–Chicago Sun-Times

"A playgoing experience filled with humor, humanity, and mind-churning drama."
–Stage and Cinema

"Confronts class mobility efficiently and cleverly…blazingly truthful production."
–TimeOut Chicago

Program Articles

Merit & Myth

Steppenwolf's Literary Manager Aaron Carter shares his personal connection to the play, and invites you to do the same.

A Playwright and a Director Walk into McGillicutty's

A conversation between Good People playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and ensemble member and director of Good People, K. Todd Freeman.

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INTERVIEW: Good People Director K. Todd Freeman
Chicagoist catches up with Director K. Todd Freeman to learn what makes this show so bleakly relatable — and what he’s got up his sleeve next. (Chicagoist)

The Jobless Rate for People Like You
This report was published in 2009 but the information is still relevant to today. Jobless rates very based on education, race and age. (NY Times)

Does money make you mean?
New research suggests that more money makes people act less human. Or at least less humane.
(NY Magazine)

Amber Waves of Green
Guess what, compatriots? The gap between the richest and the poorest among us is now wider than it has been since we all nose-dived into the Great Depression. So GQ sent Jon Ronson on a journey into the secret financial lives of six different people on the ladder... (GQ.com)

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Content Advisory

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Special Performances

Sign Language-Interpreted
Sunday, October 21 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, October 27 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, November 4
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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