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5/30/19    “Dear Galileo” Next Up in Silverthorne Theater New Play Reading Series
5/14/19     Silverthorne Theater Presents “The Fantasticks”
5/28/19     Silverthorne Theater Company Announces “Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays” for Spring 2020

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RELEASE DATE: 5/30/19           

Playwright Claire Willett

Greenfield, MA – The fourth play in Silverthorne’s New Play Reading series is DEAR GALILEO, by Claire Willett. It will be read at 7 pm on Thursday, June 13 in the Franklin County Coop meeting space at 170 Main Street., Greenfield. The reading is free and open to the public.

Dear Galileo follows three women in three different times as they 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.

Willett quotes Father Raymond Carey at the top of her script: “All creation is connected. We are stardust. Literally. Do you know why your blood is red? Iron. Which is one of the same molecules that makes up the matter of space. Jesus’ blood was red as well. Jesus also was made of stardust.” She also includes a quote from Galileo Galilei: “Mathematics is the language in which God has written the universe.”

Directed by Rebecca Daniels, the cast of 8 readers shifts back and forth within three different time periods. and locations. In 2006 in Arizona we have Jasper Willows (a famous astrophysicist and author read by Chris Devine; Cassie Willows (Jasper’s daughter, a welding artist read by Schuyler Evans); and Gabriel Vaughan (a Jesuit astrophysicist, Jasper’s assistant read by John Haag. The Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei (read by Nick Simms and his daughter Celeste (read by Val Vaille) appear in 1641 Italy. Finally, in 2017 Robert Snow (read by Dan Jarvis) is a research fellow at a creationist think tank where he is joined by his precocious 10-year-old daughter Haley (read by Vivienne Potee.).

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 Theater Thursdays, a series of free rehearsed readings of new or new to us plays, followed by audience discussions. The purpose of the readings is to give a platform for new work to be heard, and when possible, to be able to give playwrights direct audience feedback. It also gives Silverthorne a look at plays that we might consider fully producing in future seasons. These will be held in different locations in the region. Complete information for each reading may be found at


Rehearsal photo: l to r Larry Picard  (El Gallo), Jasmine Goodspeed (Luisa), Andy zane (Matt)        Photo credit: Ellen Blanchette

Greenfield, MA –Silverthorne Theater Company presents The Fantasticks, the longest-running musical in Broadway history, as the second production of STC’s 2019 Season. The show plays June 20 – 29 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.

The run kicks off with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Opening Night Benefit on June 20 with all tickets priced at $30, proceeds to benefit the charitable organization. Patrons will enjoy a special Pre-Show Reception at 7 pm in the theater, followed by the performance at 7:30 pm.

Dates for the production are June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm. The Sunday matinee on June 23 begins at 2 pm. Tickets for opening night, June 20, are all $30; otherwise tickets for Thursday or Sunday are $20 general admission, $18 student/senior (65+). Tickets for Friday and Saturday night shows are $25 general admission, $20 student/senior (65+.)

The Fantasticks tells the gentle story of falling in – and out of – love and the perils of wishes realized. It features lovers, pirates, bandits, and turnips, as well as a memorable score with such classic tunes as “Try to Remember and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.” Join us in recalling that love is possible and dreams do come true.

Director Carmela Lanza-Weil first worked with Silverthorne as director of the world premiere of Aidan’s Gift, winner of STC’s 2016 New Play Competition. She has an extensive background in professional theater as a director and actor. Music Director Ted Trobaugh was MD for Silverthorne’s premiere production of the original musical Tar2f! in the spring of 2018.

The cast includes Larry Picard (Northampton) as El Gallo; Jasmine Goodspeed (Florence) as Luisa; and Andy Zane (Northampton) as Matt. Stephanie Carlson* (Easthampton) plays Hucklebee, while Autumn Tustin (Northampton) is Bellamy. John Reese* (Greenfield) and David Cavallin (West Springfield) play Henry (The Old Actor) and Mortimer respectively. Madeline Bolles Oldenberg (Colrain) rounds out the cast as The Mute. (*Members of Actors Equity Association)

Sharon Weyer (Northfield) will stage manage the production; Hannah Trobaugh designs the sets. John Iverson (Bernardston), Tech Director and Fight Choreographer, handles set construction, sound and lighting design. Costume design is by Jazmine Carroll of Keene, NH, and choreoraphy by Molly Fletcher Lynch. . Rebecca Daniels is producer for the show.

The Upper Pioneer Valley’s only small professional company, Silverthorne enjoys its status as resident company at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield’s Cultural District.

Ticket and reservation information may be found on Silverthorne’s web site: Tickets for all shows are currently available at (type in the name Fantasticks), or by calling 413-768-7514. Patrons can use credit cards at the door or over the phone.

Silverthorne Theater Company was founded in 2013 and mounted its first season in the summer of 2014. From the start, STC has paid its actors and technicians and is committed to contributing as much as possible to the cultural economy of the Upper Pioneer Valley. We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization and are members of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Greenfield Business Association, and the Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association. We partner with local restaurants and businesses, and reach out to the towns and organizations in our area with performances, classes, ticket donations and publicity. For information on the history of Silverthorne, go to



Silverthorne Theatre Company of Greenfield, MA, announces its Short & Sweet Festival of New (tiny) Plays, to be held in spring 2020, and 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.

Submission protocol:

  • 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: August 1, 2019
Send pdf files to Rebecca Daniels, STC Literary Manager:


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