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The Luck of the Irish
Playwright Kirsten Greenidge's latest play, "The Luck of the Irish", is about an upwardly mobile African American family in the 1950s that moves from inner-city Boston to a white part of town. Their dream is the American dream: to own a home. Segregation forces them to find a ghost buyer. They pay a down-on-their-luck Irish family to act as their front. Fifty years later the Irish family—bitter and strapped for cash--wants the house back. Though the play is not quite autobiographical, Greenidge writes what she knows. Her grandparents moved from Boston to Arlington in the '60s. It’s an era that Greenidge captures in her play. In toggling between 1950s and the 21st century, "The Luck of the Irish" explores the timeless themes of race, class, and intergenerational conflict.

GUESTS:
  Kirsten Greenidge, playwright
  Melia Bensussen, director

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