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November 15, 2012

Play pays tribute to Southie folks

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Nutter said it’s not every day you get a play that’s contemporary.

“And that means the people there are accessible.” She said. “It’s just a bus ride away.”

Nutter said it wasn’t her first trip to the area — she actually lived in Jamaica Plain when she was 9 years old.

“A long time ago,” she quipped. “My mother was a radical hippie and I grew up living inside an ice cream truck traveling up and down the Eastern Seaboard.”

While in the Boston area as a youngster, Nutter attended an alternative school called Hollow Reed.

“It’s where they taught girls to box and boys to sew,” she said.

Nutter said she spent only about half a year in the area at the time and appreciated the chance to return.

As for Southie, “I don’t really know if there’s another place on the planet like it,” she said.

Nutter said she felt a great deal of nostalgia for the area during the trip.

“More in the sense of a Southie that’s going the way of the past,” she said. “It’s really gentrified now. A lot of people are moving away. It’s not the same place it once was.”

Nutter said that no matter what era of Southie is considered, the play is nonetheless timely.

“Especially today, my goodness, it’s a play about the division, the widening rift between the haves and the have-nots,” she said. “It’s a play about luck versus choices.”

The argument follows Margie and her high-school sweetheart.

“He made it out,” she said of Margie’s ex, who is now a prominent doctor.

“But all of the arguments these two have with each other seem to be the same thing that played out in the recent presidential election.”

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