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The Luck of the Irish

Kirsten Greenidge

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5f, 4m, 1boy(s)

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

The Luck of the Irish

by  Kirsten Greenidge

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 4m, 1boy(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
When an upwardly mobile African-American couple wants to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood in 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, The Luck of the Irish explores racial and social issues and the universal longing for home. 
History
Luck of the Irish premiered at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater in January, 2013 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Setting:

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.

Casting

5f, 4m, 1boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors
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

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

"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

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

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Authors

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 th ...

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