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Playwright Kirsten Greenidge in front of her childhood home in Arlington. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)
Playwright Kirsten Greenidge in front of her childhood home in Arlington. (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

"The Luck of the Irish," a new play at the Huntington Theatre, explores the history of "ghost-buying" in Boston.

Ghost-buying was a practice in and around Boston in the 1950's and 60's, when an upwardly mobile African American family, who are being denied the right to buy a house in an all-white neighborhood, paid a white family to act as their front.

This new play, written by Bostonian Kirsten Greenidge, explores the complexity of racial integration in Boston.

Earlier this week, we sat down with an interracial couple who lived this experience when trying to buy their first home in 1960s Brookline.

"The Luck of the Irish" is featured at the Huntington Theatre until April 29, and on April 5, Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks I will be hosting a Radio Boston night at the play. There will be a reception before the show and a Q&A with the playwright and actors afterwards.

Guests:

  • Harry and Nancy Johnson

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This segment aired on April 4, 2012.

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