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Baltimore play reading in Middletown April 14

March reading of The Amen Corner, Photo courtesy of Oddfellows Playhouse


Join ARTFARM, Oddfellows Playhouse and HartBeat Ensemble for a reading of Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge on Sunday, April 14 at 5 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown.


The third and final reading in the Black Presencing: Reading Plays in the Community series, Baltimore is a 2016 play exploring racism on a New England College campus.  When a racially-charged incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the controversy mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and searing, Baltimore is a timely drama about racism on college campuses.


Kirsten Greenidge, a 2010 graduate of Wesleyan University, teaches Theater at Boston University and was recently named as the new director of the Theater Department at the BU College of Fine Arts. Her plays are known for their realistic language and focus on social issues such as the intersectionality of race, gender, and class.


Black Presencing: Reading Plays in the Community, supported by a generous grant from CT Humanities, brings together Middletown theater companies ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse with Hartford-based HartBeat Ensemble to bring the work of modern African-American playwrights to the local community. Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau, was presented on February 4, and James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner  was performed at Cross Street AME Zion Church on March 3.


Baltimore is directed by Janelle Robinson and will feature actors from throughout central Connecticut. There will be a short post-performance discussion moderated by HartBeat Ensemble Artistic Director Godfrey Simmons.


Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the Black Presencing Series.


For more information or to make reservations, contact Oddfellows Playhouse at  (860) 347-6143 or email



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