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THE VIEW FROM HERE, A NEW PLAY BY KIRSTEN GREENIDGE AND DEVELOPED WITH STUDENTS FROM THE HUNTINGTON’S ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM “NOT WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE,” TO RECEIVE FIRST PUBLIC READING TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

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   

(BOSTON) – The View From Here, a new play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish and next season’s Milk Like Sugar) was developed as part of the Huntington’s anti-bullying program, “Not Waiting on the World to Change.” The play will receive its first public reading, directed by Daniel Morris, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA on Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm, with a pre-reading reception at 6:30pm and a post-show discussion immediately following the reading.

Education Director Donna Glick and Education Associate Marisa Jones partnered with Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and 10 Boston-area high school students to create a new play focusing on the issue of teenage bullying. Students from seven schools in the Boston and Greater Boston area applied to be a part of the program, and the Huntington’s education department worked with teachers to select the final participants. The following schools are involved in the Huntington’s “Not Waiting on the World to Change” program: Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School, Austin Preparatory School, Avon Middle High School, British International School of Boston, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Codman Academy Charter Public School, and Thayer Academy.

During the course of the two month program students met weekly to provide primary source material for the play; assist with research; write original work on the subject of bullying through poetry, monologues, and essays; and read various drafts of the play aloud. Students also shared their personal experiences with bullying, including observed situations.

The View From Here offers the many ways bullying is present in young people's lives,” says Playwright Kirsten Greenidge. “It's my hope that when the play ends audiences have the opportunity to talk about 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.”

The View From Here was created for young people and the adults who care for them with the hope of stimulating a conversation about bullying. The play also intends to become a useful tool for educators to address bullying in schools. The future plans for the program include a potential tour of the play into schools and a full production at a Huntington venue.

“The most important part of this program was the journey,” says student participant Christopher Streat of Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School. “Hearing from all of these different people speak about such similar events they’ve experienced – that I’ve experienced – reminds me that I’m never as alone as I may feel and that there are so many universal problems that go undiscussed that can be solved. It inspires me to always help others and that every positive change doesn’t have to change the world to change a world. This program teaches, inspires, and strengthens.”

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award and named Best of Boston 2013 and 2014 by Boston magazine, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create 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. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso and in residence at Boston University, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.  

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