Common Ground Revisited
May 28 - June 26, 2022
The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic Comes to Powerful Theatrical Life
Conceived by Melia Bensussen and Kirsten Greenidge
Adapted by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Based in part on and inspired by the book Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas
The Huntington Calderwood/BCA, 527 Tremont St.
This riveting and intricately woven world premiere play brings Boston’s history to life in the 1960s and 70s, culminating in three families’ experiences in court-mandated busing. Diverse in both race and class, what can these families’ experiences tell us about our own time? Especially when Boston Public Schools are more segregated in 2021 than they were in 1974. Common Ground Revisited is inspired by Anthony Lukas’ landmark Pulitzer Prize winning book, which The New York Times praises as an “epic of American city life.” Developed with ArtsEmerson, this unique work comes from Obie Award winners Melia Bensussen and Kirsten Greenidge, reteaming for the first time since their acclaimed Huntington production of Luck of the Irish.
Approximate run time: Common Ground Revisited plays in two hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
Originally commissioned and developed with ArtsEmerson.
Photo: Stan Grossfeld, Courtesy of The Boston Globe
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Cast and Crew
Co-Conceiver and Adapter
Kirsten Greenidge, she/her, is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow from 2007-2009 and the author of Our Daughters, Like Pillars, Milk Like Sugar and Luck of the Irish (The Huntington), as well as The View from Here (commission from The Huntington’s Education Department).
Kadahj Bennett Huntington: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Regional: Recent local credits include People Places & Things, Passover (SpeakEasy), Hype Man (Company One/ART), The Charles Lennox Experience (New Rep), Isolated Incidents (Broadway Podcast Network), This Place Displaced (Actors Theater Boston).
Elle Borders is a Boston based Actress, Voiceover Artist, Writer and Educator. Recent credits: Genesis in The Light (WAM Theatre-Special Presentation), Mr. Joy (Kitchen Theatre CompanySpecial Presentation); We All Fall Down (Huntington Theatre Company).
Amanda Collins Regional Theater: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Merrimack Rep); The Thanksgiving Play (Lyric Stage); Old Money (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.); The 39 Steps, To Kill A Mockingbird, Out of Sterno, This is Our Youth (Gloucester Stage)
Michael Kaye’s acting credits include appearances at New Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Center for American Performance, The Huntington, Lyric Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre locally, as well as with PTP in New York City and Middlebury, Vermont, and the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, among others.
Sara Brown (she/her) is a set designer for theater, opera, and dance. Selected designs include Champion with Boston Lyric Opera; The Day at Jacob’s Pillow; Hagoromo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Fellow Travelers and La Rondine at the Minnesota Opera.
Rasean Davonté Johnson
Rasean Davonté Johnson
Rasean Davonté Johnson is a Chicago-based video artist and theatrical designer. New York: The March to Liberation (New York Philharmonic), Little Rock (The Sheen Center), Yemandja (The Office Performing Arts + Theatre)
J. Jared Janas
Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer
J. Jared Janas
J. Jared Janas, (Wig, Hair, and Makeup Designer) Huntington: Man in the Ring, Indecent . Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, The Visit, The Real Thing, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Motown, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, All about Me, Next to Normal.
Neema Avashia, she/her, is a Civics teacher in Boston Public Schools, where she has worked since 2003. She was recognized as the city-wide Educator of the Year in 2013. As an Asian American teacher and writer, Neema has published several pieces focused on race, class, and inequities in education.
Emily F. McMullen
Production Stage Manager
Emily F. McMullen
Emily F. McMullen, she/her, has stage managed over 30 shows over the past eight seasons at the Huntington, including Hurricane Diane, Sweat; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Indecent; Romeo and Juliet; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Man in the Ring; The Niceties; Top Girls; Bad Dates; Tartuffe; and Merrily We Roll Along.
Kevin Schlagle he/him (Production Stage Manager) The Huntington: Over 30 productions, including Our Daughters, Like Pillars, Witch, The Purists, Merrily We Roll Along, Topdog/Underdog, Sunday in the Park with George, Milk Like Sugar, A Little Night Music, Smart People, Our Town.
Production Assistants: Jamie Carty, Kendyl Trott Assistant
Assistant Set Designer: Jeffrey Petersen
Carpenters: Rachael Hasse, Kalika Reece, Harvey Sugiuchi, Brian Winsor
Stitcher: Brittany Meehan
First Costumer: Emily Keebler
Wardrobe Run Crew: Melissa Pierre Louis
Wardrobe Swing: Jennie Fuchs
Lighting Programmer: Maddie Hanley
Electricians: Jordan Barnett, Dean Covert, Violet Gayzagian, Sara Hutchins, Angela Mantel, Jonathan Rooney, Ryan Shepard, Cindy Wade
Audio Run Crew/A2: Lexie Lankiewicz Audio Crew Swings: Julie Beaulieu, Jessica Hawkins Program Book Designer: Morgan Barba
Special thanks to the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.