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Luck of the Irish - Full Length Play, Drama

Luck of the Irish

Kirsten Greenidge

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 5f, 1boy(s)

ISBN: 9780573702648

When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood of 1950's Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house on their behalf...

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Period

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, 1950s

Settings Of Play - A medium sized suburban town on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts, which was formerly colonial and brimming with old New England stock, but by the very early twentieth century, predominantly Irish Catholic. By the time we meet this town, the Italians have arrived, followed by bands of others throughout the twentieth century. By the early twenty first century it is not so much diverse as it is tolerant of those who are “other” as it is still predominantly white. The action takes place in the late 1950s and 2000’s.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood of 1950's Boston, they pay a struggling Irish family to "ghost-buy" a house on their behalf. Fifty years later, the Irish family wants "their" house back. Moving across two eras, Luck of the Irish explores racial and social issues and the universal longing for home. 
"Perfect! A smart and lovingly observed heartbreaker." - Newsday, Read More

"Moving and thought-provoking!" - NY Post, Read More

"Four stars. Spellbinding." - Bloomberg News, Read More

"Greenidge moves imaginatively between past and present." - Backstage, Read More
Luck of the Irish premiered at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater in January, 2013 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.
Characters

CASTING

4m, 5f, 1boy(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Multicultural casting, Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NESSA CHARLES - very early 30s, black, Hannah’s younger sister; the Taylors’ granddaughter.
HANNAH DAVIS - mid thirties, black, the Taylor’s granddaughter.
MR. DONOVAN - early eighties, first generation Irish American.
JOE DONOVAN - very early thirties, Mr. Donovan’s younger self.
PATTY ANN DONOVAN - very early thirties, second generation Irish American, Joe’s wife.
LUCY TAYLOR - mid thirties, Boston Brahmin black.
REX TAYLOR - mid thirties, but older than Lucy, Lucy’s husband, tranplant from Northern Virginia, black.
RICH DAVIS - same age as Hannah, Hannah’s husband, transplant from DC.
MRS. DONOVAN - early eighties, an elderly Patty Ann.
MILES - nine, Hannah and Rich’s son.
OFF STAGE VOICES - Two young girls
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: Montage

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: Excerpt 1

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: Excerpt 2

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: Excerpt 3

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: An interview with Rebecca Taichman and Kirsten Greenidge

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: An interview with Eisa Davis and Victor Williams

  • LUCK OF THE IRISH: An interview with Amanda Quaid and Dashiell Eaves

Author
Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge

Kirsten Greenidge has had commissions from Magic Theatre, McCarter Theatre and Guthrie Theatre. Her play Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land was produced at the 2004 Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. The play has also been at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Madison Repertory Theatre’s Fall Festival of the Future, and Playtime Writer’s Retreat at New Dramatists. Other presentations ... view full profile

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