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Frances McDormand accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role in "Good People" during the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday. (AP)
Frances McDormand accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for her role in "Good People" during the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday. (AP)

Here & Now Guest:

  • David Lindsay-Abaire, Playwright (interview originally aired on 3/22/11)

At last night's Tony Awards, actress Frances McDormand picked up her first Tony for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People." McDormand caused quite a stir by accepting her award wearing a denim jacket, glasses, and no make-up. Perhaps she was channeling the character she won the Tony for: Margie, a down-on-her luck single mother in the Southie neighborhood of Boston who reconnects with her old boyfriend, who has become a successful doctor.

"Good People" was also nominated for Best Play, though it lost to "War Horse". Author David Lindsay-Abaire said back in March that that he wanted to write about a play about class issues, a subject that he felt British playwrights addressed much more than American playwrights. Class is a subject that Lindsay-Abaire has personal experience with, like his characters he also grew up in South Boston, but because of a scholarship, he was able to attend a private school when he was eleven.

This segment aired on June 13, 2011.

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