‘Tales of the Lost Formicans’ opens April 25

  • Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield is hosting Silverthorne Theater Company’s production of “Tales of the Lost Formicans,” starting April 25. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz


For the Recorder
Published: 4/17/2019 5:30:06 PM

Silverthorne Theater Company’s 2019 season will start Thursday, April 25, with its first production of Constance Congdon’s modern classic, “Tales of the Lost Formicans.”

The play runs through Saturday, May 4, in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. in Greenfield. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances both weeks are at 7:30 p.m., and there’s a matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.

According to a Silverthorne press release, opening night will be United Way Night. All proceeds from the sale of tickets — priced at $30 for the night — will benefit the United Way of Franklin County. Patrons can meet playwright Constance Congdon at a pre-show reception at 7 p.m.

With the exception of opening night, tickets to shows on Thursdays and Sundays are $20, or $18 for students and seniors. Tickets to shows on Fridays and Saturdays are $25, or $20 for students and seniors.

The play explores existential themes like adolescence, aging parents, fragile memory, lost love and divorce, fragile memory and the strength of the familial unit, the release states.

Recently divorced and in her mid-40s, Cathy moves back to Colorado’s suburbia to live with her parents, who need her help when her father’s memory begins to fail. The transition opens new fronts for Cathy to deal with, including her rebellious teenager daughter’s frustration. Meanwhile, aliens are observing and framing the various scenes, trying to make sense of the family’s complex dynamics.

“Tales of the Lost Formicans” is directed by Yagil Eliraz of Northampton, who is also a theater professor at Amherst College and a colleague of Congdon, professor emeritus of playwriting. A native of Israel, this is Eliraz’s first professional production in America.

The cast includes Stephanie Carlson of Easthampton as Cathy; Frank Aronson of West Whately as her father, Jim; Polly Pillsbury of Petersham as Evelyn, Jim’s wife; Molly MacLeod of Holyoke as Cathy’s teenage daughter, Erica; Val Vaille of Gill as Judy, Cathy’s best friend; Joe Cardozo of Amherst as another well-meaning friend; and Michael Marceline of Greenfield as the alien.

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