The Humanities Forum explores the context and significance of the play with a leading expert. Past forums have featured historians Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) and Beverly Morgan-Welch (Museum of African-American History), playwrights Paula Vogel and Lydia R. Diamond, Boston Globe columnists, and accomplished scholars. The Humanities Forum is presented following a select Sunday matinee performance.
Huntington Playwriting Fellows Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) and David Valdes Greenwood (Wandaleria) will discuss the process of writing about their own families in their work, following the 2pm performance of The Cocktail Hour. The event will be hosted and moderated by Charles Haugland, Artistic Programming and Dramaturgy. Admission to the Humanities Forum is free with a ticket to any performance of The Cocktail Hour.
Kirsten Greenidge is the author of Luck of the Irish (premiered at the Huntington in 2011), Splendor, 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 Group, Bay Area Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Mark Taper Forum, ASK, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, McCarter Theatre, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Moxie Theatre, and New Georges. She is a recipient of an NEA/TCG residency at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and was playwright-in-residence at Company One. She has also received Sundance’s Time Warner Award for Bossa Nova. Ms. Greenidge attended Wesleyan University and the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. She is a member of New Dramatists and Rhombus.
David Valdes Greenwood is the author of a dozen plays produced across the US and UK including Wandaleria, Brave Navigator, published by Baker Plays and winner of the Midwest Theatre Network National New Play Contest, and Paradise of Earthworms, commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been staged at the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, City Theatre, Venture Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Emerson College, with readings presented by New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Stage, New Jersey Rep, Blue Coyote, Immediate Theatre, Theater Offensive, Boston TheatreWorks, and Centastage. His short plays Dream of Jeannie-by-the-Door and Day Either: Snow Globe have been anthologized. He is a Brother Thomas Fellow, a two-time Sloan Commission recipient, and a finalist for both the National New Play Network Smith Prize and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. As a prose writer, he is the author of three books and a Huffington Post blogger. He teaches at Tufts University.
About The Cocktail Hour
The pre-dinner cocktail is a revered ritual in John's parents' elegant home, but when he returns to announce that he has written a play about them, their calm demeanor dissolves. As the martinis flow, so do the revelations and recriminations, both funny and poignant, in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind.
Approximate run time: 2 hours, including one ten-minute intermission.
"The family roast can’t seem to get to the table, and cocktail hour is extended. What’s not to love? We have been talking about a revival of A.R. Gurney’s American comedy of manners for a few years now, and when we knew Maria Aitken was available to direct it, the cocktail was complete!"— Peter DuBois
"The idea of a year going by without working at the Huntington is so stressful that I have sought solace in the occasional martini while working elsewhere. I was filled with joy when the opportunity arose to return to my favorite theatre in America to direct The Cocktail Hour, for I am already in training in the cocktail department."— Maria Aitken