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Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series


by Ellen W. Kaplan

directed by Hilary Dennis

November 18, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Testimonies is based on interviews with Ezidi (Yezidi) women in camps in Northern Iraq, in 2019.

This play reading includes sensitive subject matter.

The Ezidi are a Kurdish-speaking religious minority who trace their roots back to ancient Mesopotamia. They practice a pre-Islamic religion, that draws inspiration from Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Traditionally, Ezidi are farmers and shepherds, but in the mid-seventies Saddam Hussein had Ezidi villages destroyed and their inhabitants transferred to collective settlements. In August 2014, the Ezidi (Yezidi) people were subjected to genocide: thousands were massacred, kidnapped, enslaved, raped and tortured by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Click here to read the program.

Following the reading, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the playwright.

Theater Thursdays is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Northfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Seating capacity is limited, please register for this free event on Eventbrite.

  • Everyone who attends a Silverthorne event at the LAVA Center must show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (at least 2 weeks past 2nd shot of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks past single shot of J&J vaccine).
  • “Proof of vaccination” consists of a CDC vaccination card or a clear, legible copy or photo of a card.
  • Results from a negative COVID test will NOT be accepted for entry.
  • Please bring a state or federal ID in addition to your vaccination card.
  • All attendees will be required to wear face coverings while in the building, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Children under the age of 12, who can’t be vaccinated yet, may attend, but they must wear a mask at all times and show a negative test taken within the past 72 hours.
  • The LAVA Center is equipped with HEPA air purifiers.

This play reading will also be filmed and uploaded to the Silverthorne Theater Company YouTube Channel.

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