Questions of belonging reverberate on local stages

Kirsten Greenidge expanded her short play “Thanksgiving” into a full-length drama titled “Splendor,” which is slated to premiere at Company One Oct. 18-Nov. 16,
Kirsten Greenidge expanded her short play “Thanksgiving” into a full-length drama titled “Splendor,” which is slated to premiere at Company One Oct. 18-Nov. 16,Credit: Michael Brosilow

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Three years ago, Kirsten Greenidge’s “Thanksgiving’’ was the high point of “Grimm,’’ an evening of short plays by seven local writers. In that play, three women from the same hometown pondered the paths their lives had taken when one of them brought up a high school classmate, an outcast named Fran. Now a play with that character at its center is slated to premiere at Company One in October. “Splendor” tells the story of Fran, the daughter of a white mother and a black father. Through her biracial protagonist, Greenidge tells a larger story about belonging and not belonging.

It’s a theme that will be thrashed out on numerous Boston-area stages this fall as characters in dramas and musicals alike are forced to make choices about whom they’ll be.

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