So Far As A Century’s Reach

United States of America

It costs more to give birth in the USA than anywhere else in the world. So why does the country have the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world? The play follows two black women preparing for birth, one in 1916, one in 2016, and examines how money fuels ‘progress’ in both practices and race hinders it. Multi-award-winning playwright Kirsten Greenidge will explore the contradictions between perceptions of healthcare in the USA and the truth behind the statistics.

Recent PEN/America Award-winner and Obie recipient, Kirsten Greenidge, is the author of BALTIMORE, MILK LIKE SUGAR and THE LUCK OF THE IRISH among other plays. Her work has appeared at LCT3, La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, New Rep, Company One Theatre Company and The Huntington. Kirsten has been fortunate enough to develop her plays at Kenyon Playwright’s Conference, Huntington Playwrighting Fellows Theatre Lab, Denver Center Theatre, The O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Lab, Sundance at Ucross, A.S.K., Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Cardinal Stages and Pacific Playwright’s Festival, She is currently working on commissions from Oregon Shakespeare Festival/American Revolutions, The Kennedy Center, University of Iowa/The Big Ten Commission, The Goodman, and La Jolla Playhouse. An alum of New Dramatists, Kirsten attended Wesleyan and the Playwright’s Workshop and the University of Iowa.

Kirsten Greenidge's blog posts

October 21, 2016

Kirsten Greenidge: Feeding the play

Who has choice? Who does not? What can surprise us about the ways choice lies in front, behind, or beside us? The history of birth in the United States, particularly in the last one hundred years, is dense and fascinating. Most importantly, it is not monolithic. So I am acutely aware that the history is […]

August 8, 2016

Creative Process: Kirsten Greenidge (USA)

US playwright Kirsten Greenidge shares some thoughts about her creative process and involvement with B!RTH. Before having my oldest child, I didn’t think much about writing about my experience having her, but afterwards, my birth experience consumed me. I wasn’t necessarily compelled to write about it so much as to fasten it into a narrative […]

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