An integral part of Silverthorne Theater Company’s mission is to promote the development of new work, especially by Western Massachusetts and New England playwrights. In 2018, we staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.
In 2019 we offer a series, called Theater Thursdays, of free reading of new – or new to us- plays, followed by audience discussions. These will be held in different locations throughout the region.
The purpose of the readings is to give a platform for new work to be heard, and when possible, to give playwrights direct audience feedback. It also gives us a look at plays that with might consider fully producing in future seasons.
FINAL 2019 READING
Thursday, November 21 7 pm 170 Main Street, Greenfield FREE
FALL WITH ME, by Jared Eberlein Directed by Trenda Loftin
FALL WITH ME, by Jared Eberlein, tells the story of JJ Johnston, the once charismatic captain of the 369th Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. the Harlem Hellfighters, known for their distinct bravery) during World War I. Unlike many of his fellow black veterans during the early 1930s of the Great Depression, Johnson has steady employment as a steelworker. When less fortunate members of his army unit ask him to join them and thousands of veterans, known as the Bonus Army, to march on Washington DC to demand compensation for service promised to them in 1924 Johnson’s choice between his job and family and the cause of justice for his fellow vets has tragic consequences.
Eberlein is a prolific playwright who currently heads the Theater Department at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Trenda Loftin directs this reading.
Thursday, March 21
MOTHER, MAY 1, by Dylan Brody
Directed by David Rowland
7pm 12 Federal Street, Greenfield
A witty tale of longstanding intergenerational misunderstanding. A well-off older Boston couple Ellen & Paul Grunman spend most of their son Daniel’s rare visit home failing to discover the truth about his life in Los Angeles. They are equally obtuse about their grown daughter’s dreams & sexual preference. – will the blinders come off before it’s too late?
Thursday, April 18
SANDWICH, by Steve Henderson
Directed by Brianna Sloane
7pm 170 Main St, Greenfield
Three women, three generations, three sets of problems, one house – a recipe for flying sparks!
Thursday, May 23
RESTORATION ROOM, by Harley Erdman
Directed by Chris Rohmann
7 pm UMass Theater Department, Room 204
Two academics, each married to someone else, struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual & physical attraction.
The reading takes place on Thursday, May 23 at UMass Fine Arts Center, Room 204, (Curtain Theater entrance to FAC), at 7 pm. For events in the Fine Arts Center building, free and secure parking is available on Massachusetts Avenue in University Lots 32, 34, and 71 after 5:00pm and all day on weekends. Accessible parking is available in the South Entrance Lot in front of the Fine Arts Center building when the appropriate license plate or placard is displayed. Please note: the Visitors Center parking lot and all meters near the Fine Arts Center are pay-to-park from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Thursday, June 13
DEAR GALILEO, by Claire Willett
Directed by Rebecca Daniels
7pm 170 Main Street, Greenfield
Three women in three different times wrestle with their identity, the conflict between science and religion, and what it means to be their fathers’ daughters…. As the three stories move toward their point of convergence, the destinies of each become inextricably bound with the others, linked through time by love, family, grief, the search for identity and the wonder of the stars.
Thursday, September 12 7pm 170 Main Street, Greenfield
CAMPUS UNREST, by Talya Kingston
Directed by Trenda Loftin
Complex choice face an inter-racial British academic couple newly arrived on the campus of a troubled American college.
Sunday, October 13 3 pm Old White Church, Memorial Avenue, Historic Deerfield
VERITAS, by Betty Shamieh
Directed by Ryan “Little Eagle” Pierce
In the 1660s Harvard College’s governors insisted that Native American youths be trained at the College as Christian ministers to be able to convert their tribes to Christianity. This play explores the lives of the first four of these early converts and the attitudes at the time toward them. Post-show discussion led by historians & members of local Native American communities.
Saturday, October 12 3 pm Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave, Springfield
Sunday, October 13 7:30 pm 170 Main Street, Greenfield
AN ECHO OF LAUGHTER, by Betty Shamieh
Performed by the playwright; followed by discussion
What are the consequences of teaching The Diary of Anne Frank in a classroom in Gaza?
Silverthorne’s Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays
Silverthorne‘s Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays will be held in spring 2020.
****Please note that due to the overwhelming number of entrants for the 2020 Short and Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays, we will be closing submissions on July 1, 2019 (not August 1, 2019, as previously announced).***
STC invites submissions of original, unpublished works for the stage, in any style, with:
No more than 20 minutes’ playing time
No more than four actors (reasonable doubling okay)
Simple production values
Scripts selected for the Festival will be given full, low-tech productions. We will pay a small royalty. This is not a workshop opportunity. Submissions must be finished scripts, not works-in-progress.
Electronically, in PDF format.
The filename should be the title of the play (or a reasonable abbreviation).
Include a title page and character descriptions.
Number the pages.
Submissions that do not meet these and the criteria above will not be considered.
Playwrights are welcome to submit more than one script to the Festival, as long as they meet the guidelines.
Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2019
Send pdf files to Rebecca Daniels, STC Literary Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS
Guidelines for playwrights regarding the submission of unsolicited manuscripts
Silverthorne Theater Company (STC) is the resident theatre company at Hawks & Reed in downtown Greenfield, MA, and our mission is “to present adventurous thought-provoking theatrical experiences, including productions of new and classic work, for audiences of all kinds and diverse populations” (for full mission statement: https://silverthornetheater.org/mission/).
We welcome new scripts and have produced several new plays in our six years of existence, but we have some very real limitations. Please read our guidelines and requirements thoroughly before submitting your play.
At STC, we currently have two ways we work with new plays.
This year, STC initiated a season of rehearsed readings of plays new to us that have not yet been fully produced. This program is still in its early stages, and we have great hopes for the success of our first season, which started with its first reading in March 2019. Though we give priority to regional artists, we accept submissions from playwrights across the country and abroad [in English only, please]. Plays for the 2019 reading series have already been selected, so any plays submitted specifically for this series will not be considered until planning begins for 2020. We hope to post submission deadlines for the 2020 reading series by the summer of 2019.
We have, on occasion, produced new plays as part of our main season. The determination of the suitability of a particular play for this kind of consideration is entirely at the discretion of the Literary Manager, in consultation with the Producing Artistic Director.
Our performance space is small and not a traditional theatre space [no wings, limited backstage, used for other events and must retain its multipurpose character], so we are limited in our technical abilities and unable to support major technical requirements.
Due to our limitations, we can only consider new plays that require no more than eight actors [reasonable doubling included].
Our audience is sophisticated and used to challenging and thought-provoking theatre that’s also tasteful and does not include gratuitous shock elements.
Requirements for Submission:
If you wish to submit a play to STC, please send the casting requirement and the first twenty pages of your manuscript as a single document (e-file) to the STC Literary Manager at email@example.com. Please also include the following information with your sample pages in a single separate document:
Playwright’s biography or resume (maximum two pages)
Production history of the play (if any)
Play synopsis and theme(s)
How you believe your play meets STC’s stated goals