Greenfield – The attached press release from Mass Humanities details the foundation’s awards for its latest rounds of grants. Silverthorne Theater Company is very grateful for having been included as a grant recipient!
STC received a $3275 grant for its project, Facing Closed Doors: Exploring the Roots of Racial & Ethnic Exclusion Through Theater. The grant will support programming that expands on the themes of it final season production,The Diary of Anne Frank which opens October 17.
Included in the project will be a rehearsed reading of the play Veritas, by Palestinian American playwright Betty Shamieh, on Sunday, October 13, at the Old White Church in Deerfield. Set in the 1660s and based on a true story, the play tells of four New England Native American young men who sent the the newly founded Harvard College to train to become Christian ministers and expected to return to their villages to convert the rest of the tribe. The free reading will be followed by a scholar-led discussion of the assaults on cultural identity endemic in relations with the indigenous people since the European migration to America began.
Betty Shamieh will read her short one-woman play, An Echo of Laughter, that evening at 7:30 pm in the Coop meeting space at 170 Main Street in Greenfield. This work looks at efforts to reconcile long-held differences between peoples through studying the writings of ‘enemies’. In this case, a Palestinian teacher has used the text of Anne Frank’s diary in the English class she teaches, and reaps much criticism for her choice.
A third part of the project is a two-session reading and discussion series on Tuesdays, Oct 3 and 10, called “Other Diaries” in which selections from the diaries of two other young victims of the Holocaust will be read, along with a collection of writings by young Palestinians under fire during the Second Intefada called “The Gaza Monologues. ” Details will be forthcoming.
Finally two local scholars, Bernard Baker and Ted Thornton, will lead pre-and/or post-show discussions with the audience during the run of performances of The Diary of Anne Frank.
All of the programming in this series will be open to the public free of charge. Further information is available on the Silverthorne web page, silverthornetheater.org.