‘Fall with Me’ reading to complete Silverthorne Theater Co.’s 2019 season

  • EBERLEIN

Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 10:16:08 AM
Modified: 11/14/2019 10:15:58 AM

A dramatic reading of a play that confronts racial injustice through a post-World War I lens will round off Silverthorne Theater Co.’s 2019 season.

“Fall with Me,” a play written by local author Jared Eberlein, will be read Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Franklin County Co-op meeting space at 170 Main St. in Greenfield. The reading, which is part of the local theater company’s Theater Thursdays program, is free and open to the public.

Eberlein’s script relates the story of J.J. Johnston, the former captain of the 369th Infantry Regiment — a black Army unit known as the “Harlem Hellfighters because of their bravery — during first great war. After returning from war, unlike many of his fellow black veterans during the Great Depression, Johnson has steady employment as a steelworker. When less fortunate members of his Army unit ask him to join in a march to Washington, D.C (an event that became known as the Bonus Army) to demand compensation for service promised to them in 1924, Johnson’s choice between his job and family and the cause of justice for his fellow vets has tragic consequences.

Under the direction of Trenda Loftin, the cast of readers will include Bessie Jones, Shae Shae Quest, Tobias K. Davis and Tony Jones. Notably, Loftin directed Silverthorne fall play reading, “Campus Unrest,” and recently staged “What Our Voices Carry” with the Voice from Inside women’s poetry project for formerly incarcerated and recovering women. She is a governing member of the Real Live Theater Company and is an art-integrated equity consultant.

Eberlein is a prolific playwright who currently heads the Theater Program at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He worked for nearly a decade as an actor in New York and regional theater before turning his focus to the page. He is the author and lyricist of “The Facts of Life — The Musical” (Pace University) and “The Man in the Iron Mask” (EAT, 13th Street Rep & The Jerry Orbach Theater, NYC), both of which were collaborations with composer David Mallamud. Eberlein’s play, “Fall with Me,” is the 2019 winner of Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest. It was also chosen for the 2019 Garry Marshall Theater New Works Festival in Burbank, Cali. and was a finalist for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Next Act! Summit 8 in Albany, N.Y.

Theater Thursdays is a series of free rehearsed readings of plays that’s followed by audience discussions, according to a press statement about the event. 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. More information for each reading may be found at silverthornetheater.org.

Andy Castillo is features editor at the Greenfield Recorder. He can be reached at acastillo@recorder.com.




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