Silverthorne Theater to host weekly play reading series

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For the Recorder
Published: 6/18/2020 10:01:53 AM

Following up on its  successful Theater Thursday play reading series last year, Silverthorne Theater Company use of online streaming to bring three new plays to the Pioneer Valley and beyond this summer through the 2020 Theater Thursday Play Reading Series. All three will be streamed free to Silverthorne’s Facebook page and will feature live discussions with the playwrights following the readings. The series is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the support of the Greenfield, Hadley and Buckland Cultural Councils.

The first in the series is Daniel Elihu Kramer's “Pride@Prejudice,” an online reimagining of the classic Jane Austen novel, directed by Chris Rohmann. The reading will be streamed on on Silverthorne’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Thursday, June 18 beginning at 7 p.m. There is no charge to view the reading. Viewers can visit facebook.com/silverthornetheater to access the performance.

Following the reading, Kramer will join the cast and director to talk about the play.

About the play:  Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fall in love all over again — this time filtered through the world of the internet. Modern students in a FaceTime group discuss and build on this classic love story while acting it out, interjecting questions and opinions, quotes from movie versions and even letters from Ms. Austen herself, to create a delightfully postmodern view of 19th century England. With five actors playing 22 roles, “Pride@Prejudice” is a unique homage to Austen's most beloved novel, and to our love affair with reading. Available online only on the theater’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Daniel Elihu Kramer became producing artistic director of Chester Theatre Company in fall of 2015, after four years as Associate Artistic Director, and produced his first season in 2016. He works nationally as a theatre director and playwright, and as a film director. He is Professor of Theatre and a member of the film and media studies program at Smith College.

On Thursday, July 16, the second Theater Thursday play will be read as a co-production with the Chester Theatre Company. Northampton playwright Darcy Bruce’s “Soldier Poet” is a prize-winning piece that was premiered by Theatre Prometheus in 2017 at the Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, D.C. The play centers on a gripping and timely story. In Aleppo, two American Army Rangers rescue an injured Syrian woman about to give birth. At a nearby hospital, a neonatal nurse with an unwavering sense of duty struggles to save the lives of infants as her hospital is bombed. The play is directed by Kramer.

The final 2020 Theater Thursday play, which streams on Thursday, Aug. 20, is written by Northampton playwright James McLindon. Penney Hulten directs this complex piece set in January 2000. On a snowy night in an Irish pub in Cambridge, Connor, Maeve and Dev meet, each agonizing over an irrevocably life-changing decision. The three fight over religion and beer, whether truth exists at all, the differences between the Irish and Irish-Americans, the many failings (according to Dev) of the latter, and, finally, the capacity of stout to explain, metaphorically and metaphysically, most of life. The play, winner of numerous awards, has been produced across the country and is published by Dramatic Publishing. The playwright will join in for a live post-show talk about the play.

For mor information, go to silverthornetheater.org.


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