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Written by Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

Photo courtesy of Kayana Scymczak, The New York Times

BOSTON — The playwright Kirsten Greenidge was in high demand. Over in the South End, her Obie-winning drama, “Milk Like Sugar,” was in previews at the Huntington Theater Company. A couple of miles west, at Boston University, her new play, “Baltimore,” was edging toward opening. In both places, there was work she needed to do.

On that Saturday afternoon in January, though, she kept her attention on “Baltimore.” Bundled against the chill of a drafty rehearsal room overlooking Commonwealth Avenue, she listened closely as actors spoke new lines she’d given them only the night before.

Like the professional cast of “Milk Like Sugar,” the “Baltimore” cast was made up mostly of young women. But these actresses were undergraduates in B.U.’s College of Fine Arts — and the skills they would gain from working on this production, Ms. Greenidge said, would serve them well when they become professionals.

Theater is “our craft, it’s our passion, but it’s also a job,” she said in an interview after rehearsal. “You need to learn how to do your job well, and you can’t do that without practice.”

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