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. In 2018, we staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.

In 2020 we will once again offer our series 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.

We are currently choosing the list of plays for the 2020 Theater Thursdays Series and will read any submissions received by February 1, 2020. Send any new, full-length plays to Ezekiel Baskin at stcliterarymanager@gmail.com

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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.
  • Last 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]. 
  • 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.
Production Guidelines:
  • 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 stcliterarymanager@gmail.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
Plays that are sent to us without this additional information will not be considered by STC. We will contact you if we wish to see your complete script. Please note that our literary department consists entirely of volunteers, so we are unable to respond to submissions with any detailed feedback, though we will try to send you information as to whether and how we are considering your play, though it could take six months or more for us to come to any final decisions.
If you have any questions or concerns before submitting your sample pages and required additional information to STC, please contact stcliterarymanager@gmail.com.
 

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