The Callie Crossley Show

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Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire

White, working class Boston has become a big screen hot spot thanks to Ben Affleck and Dennis Lehane. Now, Southie-bred playwright David Lindsay-Abaire takes it to Broadway. He got his start writing absurdist plays, made his mark with "Shrek The Musical", and won a Pulitzer for his stage play "Rabbit Hole". Now he’s mining the gold and grit of his hometown — South Boston -- in the Broadway premier of his newest play, "Good People". In drawing the divide between white collar and working class Boston— Lindsay -Abaire ponders the fates of those who break out and those who get stuck. Is it a personal choice? Is our destiny at the whimsy of good and bad luck?

A Southie native, Lindsay-Abaire was one who got his break when he earned a highly competitive scholarship to Milton Academy. Our arts and culture contributor Alicia Anstead steps in as guest host and interviews David Lindsay-Abaire, a local boy who's become one of our quirkiest and most successful playwrights.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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  Walter Mosley: writer

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