(BOSTON) – In conjunction with the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge’s compelling new play, The Luck of the Irish, WBUR 90.9FM’s “Radio Boston” hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks will moderate a post-show conversation with Greenidge and members of the cast on Thursday, April 5 immediately following the 7:30pm performance.
Meghna Chakrabarti previously reported on New England transportation and energy issues for WBUR’s news department and served as fill-in host for “Here & Now,” WBUR’s national midday show. She has won awards from both the Associated Press and the Radio Television News Directors Association for her writing, hard news reporting, and use of sound. She produced and directed WBUR’s national news and talk program, “On Point,” for five years. In 2006, she spent 10 months as a fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting. Chakrabarti holds bachelors degrees civil and environmental engineering from Oregon State University and a masters degree from Harvard University. Her career has taken various detours through summers performing engineering failure analysis, teaching human physiology, working under the table at an Italian cafe, a turn as assistant curator for space technology at London’s National Science Museum, researching flood control solutions for Venice, Italy, and writing two unpublished manuscripts.
Anthony Brooks brings more than 25 years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter and host for WBUR and NPR. For years, Brooks has worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England including politics, the economy, education, criminal justice and urban affairs. During the 2000 presidential election, he was one of NPR’s lead political reporters, covering the campaign from the early primaries through the Supreme Court’s Bush v. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.” Beyond NPR, Brooks was also a senior producer on the team that launched “The World” for Public Radio International. He was also a senior correspondent for InsideOut Documentaries at WBUR in Boston. His piece “Testing DNA” and “The Death Penalty-InsideOut” won the 2002 Robert F. Kennedy Award for best radio feature. Over the years, Brooks has won numerous other broadcast awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Regional Broadcasters Award, the AP Broadcasters Award, the Ohio State Award, and the Robert L. Kozik Award for environmental reporting for his Soundprint documentary, “Chernobyl Revisited.” Brooks also has been a frequent fill-in host for “On Point” and “Here & Now,” produced by WBUR, and for NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” In 2006 Brooks was awarded a Knight Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he spent a year of sabbatical studies focusing on urban violence and wrongful convictions.
Kirsten Greenidge (playwright) is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and the author of the plays Bossa Nova, Milk Like Sugar, Rust, The Curious Walk of the Salamander, Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land, 103 Within the Veil, and The Gibson Girl. She has developed her work at Sundance (Utah and Ucross), Magic Theatre, National New Play Network, Cardinal Stage, South Coast Repertory, Madison Rep, Page 73, Hourglass, Bay Area Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, The Mark Taper Forum, A.S.K., Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, McCarter Theatre, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Moxie, and New Georges. She is the recipient of an NEA/TCG residency at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and a residency at Boston’s Company One. She has also received Sundance’s Time Warner Award for Bossa Nova and a commission from Yale Repertory Theatre. Ms. Greenidge attended Wesleyan University and the Playwrights Workshop/University of Iowa, and is a member of New Dramatists and Rhombus. Greenidge is a part of an accomplished and acclaimed group of Huntington Playwriting Fellows to be produced by the Huntington including Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Ronan Noone (The Atheist, Brendan), Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), Sinan Ünel (The Cry of the Reed), Rebecca Maggor (Shakespeare’s Actresses in America), Ryan Landry (Psyched), and Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Before I Leave You).
The Luck of the Irish spans two time periods and three generations. In the late 1950s, Lucy and Rex Taylor, a well-to-do African-American couple living in Boston’s South End, aspire to move to a nearby suburb to provide a better life for their two daughters. Unable to purchase a home in a segregated neighborhood themselves, they pay Patty Ann and Joe Donovan, a struggling Irish family to “ghost-buy” the house on their behalf and then sign over the deed. Fifty years later, Lucy’s granddaughter Hannah lives in the house with her family, where she grapples with the contemporary racial and social issues that stem from living in a primarily white community. When Lucy dies and leaves the house to Hannah and her sister Nessa, the now elderly Donovans return and ask for “their” house back. This complex yet intimate new play examines the long-term emotional costs of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for a sense of place.
The Luck of the Irish is currently in previews, opens to the press on Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm, and plays now through April 29 at the Calderwood Pavilion / South End. Tickets and information at huntingtontheatre.org or 617 266 0800.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.