PLAY READING SERIES

The primary mission of Silverthorne Theater Company’s Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series is to support playwrights in the development of new theatrical work. Theater Thursdays often highlight full-length scripts by playwrights local to Western Massachusetts and the greater New England region, with a focus on writers whose voices have been underrepresented in theatrical production. Theater Thursdays provide playwrights with an opportunity to experience their work embodied by skilled actors in a semi-staged reading.

Playwrights also have the opportunity to receive audience feedback through a guided post-show discussion, designed to center the playwright’s questions and needs. We also aim to utilize Theater Thursdays to bring new work to audiences in Western Massachusetts, and to allow them the opportunity to engage constructively and thoughtfully in the process of helping to develop new plays.

Our Theater Thursday Play Reading Series was established in 2019 with a selection of eight works read live over the course of the year. In the summer of 2020, we presented three play readings online. In 2021 we presented four plays both in person and online followed by live discussions with the playwrights.

Theater Thursdays in 2022 will include five plays. We will again offer the readings free of charge before live audiences followed by discussions with the playwrights.

This year’s series is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Buckland, Conway, Colrain, Deerfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Guilty

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Guilty

by Ellen Wittlinger

directed by Keith Langsdale

February 24, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Port of Entry

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Port of Entry

by Tayla Kingston directed by Amy Brentano

April 7, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Language of Wild Berries

May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Language of Wild Berries

by Naghmeh Samini directed by Lucinda Kidder

May 19, 2022

7:30 p.m.

The Norwegians!

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

The Norwegians!

by C. Denby Swanson

November 3, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Christmas at Pemberley

December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Christmas at Pemberley 

by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

December 15, 2022

7:30 p.m.