PLAY READING SERIES

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. We have staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.

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.

Theater Thursdays in 2021 will include five plays. We will again offer the readings free of charge both online and, conditions permitting, before live audiences. When possible, there will be live discussions with the playwrights following the readings.

This year’s series 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.

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

When We Get Good Again

by James McLindon, Directed by Mark Dean

May 13, 2021 @ 7:30 p.m.

Silverthorne Theater Company’s 2021 Theater Thursdays play reading series kicks off on May 13, with When We Get Good Again by Northampton playwright James McLindon. This free event will be available to watch starting at 7:30 p.m. on the Silverthorne Theater Company YouTube channel

Tracy can’t wait to graduate and leave the rich kids at her prestigious school in her rear view mirror. In fact, she’s planning on graduating in three years, and only partly because that’s all the college she can afford. But there’s one problem: Tracy needs to keep her 4.0 GPA intact to get into a top law school to have even a chance of getting one of the few public interest jobs available to represent the poor. And the only way she can get all her work done by the end of the semester while holding down two work-study jobs is to take a short vacation from her ethics and buy a term paper from Hire Education.

When We Get Good Again is a play about integrity, excuses, and doing the right thing … as soon as you can figure out exactly what that is.

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.

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Fourteen Wedding Dresses

by Steve Henderson

Directed by Keith Langsdale

July 15, 2021

7:30 p.m.

Silverthorne Theater Company’s 2021 Theater Thursdays play reading series continues on July 15, with Fourteen Wedding Dresses by Steve Henderson. The reading will take place at 7:30 pm at the LAVA Center at 324 Main St, Greenfield. The reading is free and open to the public, seating capacity is limited. Attendees should have been fully vaccinated. Fourteen Wedding Dresses will also be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel. Click here to watch!

After the reading there will be a post show discussion, for both the live audience and those who watched via livestream! To join the discussion virtually when the livestream is finished, please join us on Zoom.

Read the program here.

Description:

Jimmy and Vivian are frightened teenagers running away from their small town home in Kentucky to get married.  They fear not only for themselves but for their younger siblings Missy and Henry. They offer the best advice they can on how to stay safe and promise to return in a few years. But nothing goes as planned. Decades pass. Henry and Missy narrow their lives into a strange and heartbreaking cycle until the arrival of a young visitor exposes secrets and lies that rip their desperate routine to rags and tatters.

This play reading includes sensitive subject matter.

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.

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

The Language of Wild Berries

by Naghmeh Samini

Directed by Lucinda Kidder

Postponed

Performance Date TBD

Someone is Sure to Come

November 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Someone is Sure to Come

by Ellen W. Kaplan

directed by Hilary Dennis

November 11, 2021

7:30 p.m.

A lyrical play that looks at the challenges of serving interminable sentences. Fantasy and poetry combine to create a kaleidoscopic portrait of life “inside.”

Five prisoners offer poetry and monologues about facing execution, the living death of life without parole, and decades in solitary confinement, while a young woman feels like she is going mad, having absorbed the experience of her friends inside. She is disoriented, powerless, afloat on an imaginary iceberg in the Arctic Ocean, seeing things, hearing voices, forgetting the facts of her life, utterly disoriented and powerless. Others come and go – a guard; imagined orca in the ocean; people inside and out, all locked into their own kinds of prisons – of prejudice, or ignorance, or fear. This original play combines the writing of present-day inmates on Death Row and serving Life Without Parole, many of these people have been in solitary confinement for decades. The author has developed significant friendships with each person, all of whom contribute to a play that presents a deeply felt, humanizing portrait of the lived experience of interminable sentences.

This play reading includes sensitive subject matter.

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.

Testimonies

November 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series

Testimonies

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. 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 Husain 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).

This play reading includes sensitive subject matter.

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.