Huntington's Humanities Forum Features Globe Reporter Billy Baker, 9/30

September 25
9:22 AM 2012
Huntington's Humanities Forum Features Globe Reporter Billy Baker, 9/30

In conjunction with the Huntington Theatre Company's hit production of South Boston native and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People, Boston Globe reporter and South Boston native Billy Baker will speak about the vibrant and evolving neighborhood that plays a central role in the play at the post-show Humanities Forum on Sunday, September 30 immediately following the 2pm performance.

Billy Baker is a feature writer for The Boston Globe. He reports to the Metro Desk, and while he does not have a beat, he might have a theme. He writes regularly about the unsung people, places, and cultural traditions of New England, and has a long history of writing the sort of whimsical stories that trigger the reader comment: "How is this news?" A native of South Boston, Baker is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Tulane University, and the Columbia Journalism School. He teaches feature writing and profile writing in the graduate journalism program at Harvard University's extension school, and is at work on a book about jugglers.

WGBH called the Huntington's production of Good People, "Searingly funny and so brilliant," and said, "Stop whatever you're doing and buy your tickets!" The Boston Globe called it, "A brilliant look homeward, beautifully directed by Kate Whoriskey. Masterful and oh-so-compelling!" Good People takes place in South Boston where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills and bingo is a night on the town. Sharp-tongued single-mom Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job and is facing eviction. Scrambling to make ends meet for herself and her developmentally disabled adult daughter, she looks up an old flame – now a fertility doctor living in Chestnut Hill with his young wife – hoping he'll help her make a fresh start. Lindsey-Abaire's acclaimed drama explores how twists of fate determine our path.

The Huntington production features Nancy E. Carroll, JohAnna Day, Rachael Hunt, Michael Laurence, Karen MacDonald and Nick Westrate and plays through October 14 only. More information and tickets at huntingtontheatre.org/goodpeople or 617 266 0800.

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