Greenfield, MA – In 2019, Silverthorne Theater Company put out a call for new short plays (approximately ten minutes running time.) From the over 700 works submitted, the Company has selected and will present, fully produced, the top 16 plays in Short & Sweet: A Festival of (tiny) New Plays. The Festival opens Friday, April 24 and finishes up Saturday, May 9 and will be held in The Perch, Silverthorne’s familiar intimate performance space on the fourth floor of the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center at 289 Main Street, Greenfield.
Many of the sixteen plays are the work of noted local Valley playwrights. They range from the hilarious to the controversial to the highly dramatic. The plays touch on themes of life-or-death choices, racial and gender stereotyping, barriers to accessibility, family expectations in unique and often unexpected ways. The short-play format tests the abilities of playwrights, directors and actors to deliver satisfying theatrical experiences in a very few minutes’ time!
Playgoers have a choice of buying individual tickets to performance nights on each of the three Festival weekends at $20, or purchasing a Festival Pass for $50, good for any nights each weekend. Individual tickets are available at Eventbrite.com; Festival Passes can be purchased by calling the Silverthorne Box Office at 413-768-7514, or in person at the Silverthorne office at 324 Main Street, Greenfield, daily from 9 am to 12:30 pm.
The Festival format represents a major departure from Silverthorne’s usual productions. Two ensembles of actors will each perform eight plays, one batch per weekend (Week 1 April 24-26; Week 2 May 1-3). Then the final weekend (May 8 &9), four plays from each of the previous performance weekends, selected by audience vote, will be re-mounted in the grande finale on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here’s the breakdown of the performances:
Week 1: April 24 & 25 @ 7:30 pm; April 26 @ 2 pm
The Plays: A Wake, by Brian Petti (Slate Hill, NY)
Family Game Night, by Peter Kennedy (Williamsburg, MA)
Four Daughters, by Ellen Wittlinger (Haydenville, MA)
Hurry Up and Wait, by Annalise Cain (formerly of Ashfield, MA)
Indelible, by John Bravoso (Washington DC)
Jump, by Gina Femia (New York, NY)
Mishpocha, by Emily Bloch (Easthampton, MA)
Raghead, by Tom Coash (New Haven, CT)
The Director: Ben Ware (Greenfield, MA)
The Ensemble: Brandon Lee (Pittsfield); Evan Barth (Ashfield); Kyra Anderson (Northampton); Kimberly Salditt-Poulin (Amherst); Erin Fitzgerald (Holyoke); Emily Ultan (Lenox)
Week 2: May 1 & 2 @ 7:30 pm; May 3 @ 2 pm
The Plays: A Gift, by Joshua Prouser
Cell Phone in the Yoga Class, by Michelle Markarian (Cambridge, MA)
Canvas, by Andrew Heinrich (San Antonio, TX)
Choices, by James McLindon (Northampton, MA)
Interventions, by Greg Lam (Milton, MA)
People Will Talk, by Scott Mullen (Burbank, CA)
Second Look, by Nick Malakhow (Brighton, MA)
Webster’s Bitch, by Jacqueline Bircher (Brooklyn, NY)
The Director: Julian Findlay (Warwick, MA)
The Ensemble: Thom Griffin (Colrain); Ryan Dunn (Amherst); Luke Smith (Hatfield); Jacqui Dupré (Northampton ) ; Val Vaile (Gill); Kate Glowatsky (Hadley)
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: https://silverthornetheater.org Tickets for all shows are currently available at Eventbrite.com, 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 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 https://silverthornetheater.org