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“[Thanksgiving is] an emotionally absorbing slice of working-class life and disappointed dreams.”— The Boston Globe
“A writer of compassion and deep understanding." — The Boston Globe

On Thanksgiving eve in a town just north of Boston, Fran is determined to make a nice turkey dinner for her chain-smoking klepto mother, and her couch-surfing older brother. If only it were that simple. A vivid collage of local stories exposes a community where generations of families collide over far more than pumpkin pie and stuffing. Straight off her smash-hit The Luck of the Irish, local luminary and OBIE Award-winning playwright Kirsten Greenidge orchestrates 45 years of our history into evolving snapshots of race, class, dreams, and the place we call HOME. An outgrowth of Greenidge’s short play Thanksgiving (part of Grimm, 2010), Splendor was developed as part of the 2012-2013 XX PlayLab.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and thirty minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.

C1’s Take: We could not be more excited to continue our partnership with Kirsten Greenidge, and to be presenting her first new play in Boston since The Luck of the Irish. Kirsten has been in residence with us since 2005, and in that time has won local and national awards for playwriting, and has been produced at Lincoln Center, LaJolla Playhouse, and the Huntington Theatre Company. Splendor has been four years in the making under the guidance of C1’s Artistic Director Shawn LaCount, and was workshopped during last year’s XX PlayLab Festival – a collaborative program with the Boston Center for the Arts, the mission of which is to develop and produce works by women. We are thrilled to see this long term collaboration between producer, playwright, and director culminate in this world premiere production.