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Kirsten Greenidge on Not Waiting on the World to Change

by:  Kirsten Greenidge at 06/09/2015

Not Waiting on the World to Change

"I'm always excited to work with the Huntington' s education department, and after this many years I'm particularly happy to jump at the chance to work with Donna. But, this year was different from working on STAGES  or Young Voices because I feel like I've gotten to watch the Not Waiting on the World to Change program since it's beginning phases first with Alex Trump Smith and then since late fall with Marisa, as we planned curriculum for our class session and selected the students who ended up participating; that felt like I was helping to build something meaningful and special.

"As a playwright you always want to 'get it right', whether that means  you want the dialogue to be authentic, or the stories told, or the questions raised.   With THE VIEW FROM HERE and Not Waiting on the World to Change I am super vigilant about 'getting it right'.  J is a middle school transgender teen who is bi racial who is not allowed to just Be, and I want to get that right. For the project as a whole,  'getting it right' means that I am not trying to find one big solution to the bullying crises in our communities (and they exist in all our communities, for too many of our kids, no matter what they identify as or look like). Instead,  the play offers the many ways bullying is present in young people's lives and it's my hope that when the play ends,  audiences have the opportunity to to discuss what they've seen, what has spoken to them on a gut level, and use that to discuss how they could create change, rather than wait for change to come to them. If a single tweet or post or whispered comment can devastate, I hope it holds true that more positive efforts--a kind word that perhaps grows into calls to action, can bring the change that Donna envisioned when she began devising the project.  I'm truly honored to be part of it."

ABOUT THE VIEW FROM HERE

WHEN: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Pre-reading reception: 6:30pm
Staged Reading of The View From Here: 7pm
A post-show discussion will follow the reading 

WHERE: South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston

TICKETS: Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP at huntingtontheatre.org/notwaiting   

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