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.