Kirsten Greenidge is an Arlington native and Obie award-winning playwright. Her work examines race and class in the myriad ways they manifest themselves in American culture, and she has said she enjoys the challenge of placing underrepresented voices on stage. Greenidge received the 2012 Obie award for playwriting for Milk Like Sugar, a play about three teenage girls who make a pregnancy pact. Her 2012 play The Luck of the Irish, which enjoyed an extended run at the Huntington Theater Company, was inspired by the experience of her grandparents, a black couple, who, during the process of purchasing a home in Arlington in 1967, kept their identities secret in order to overcome the kind of housing discrimination that was widespread at the time. In reviewing The Luck of the Irish, The Boston Globe wrote “The work of…playwright Kirsten Greenidge is characterized by a sure grasp of the nuances of race and class, never more so than in this beautifully realized new drama…about the trans-generational reverberations of a black family’s decision to move into a predominantly white suburb.”
Kirsten Greenidge teaches playwriting at Boston University and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City. Current projects include a commissioned piece about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson for Yale Repertory Theater.
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