[ GREENFIELD, MA: February 24, 2022 ] Silverthorne Theater is proud to present the 2022 iteration of our Theater Thursdays play reading series, beginning on February 24th at 7:30 p.m with Guilty by playwright Ellen Wittlinger (Haydenville), directed by Keith Langsdale. This free event will be held at The LAVA Center located at 324 Main Street, Greenfield, MA, 01301. Following the reading, audience members are invited to stay for a discussion with the playwright, director and cast members. 

Seating capacity is limited to 35, please register for this free event on Eventbrite www.eventbrite.com/e/guilty-tickets-264465372047 Everyone who attends a Silverthorne event at the LAVA Center must wear face coverings while in the building and show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.

Guilty Description

Instigated by a jury trial in which the white defendant is found to be not guilty, two couples who have been friends since college 15 years before begin to question what it is that has held them together all these years and whether they even like each other. In 24 hours, the relationships between all four of them fray and sometimes break.

Ellen Wittlinger is an author and a playwright. After receiving an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she began, in the late 1970s, to write plays. In Boston, she worked for several years with Playwrights’ Platform, but eventually swerved into a career as a novelist for young adults and children. After a 35-year career and 17 novels, many of them award-winning, she returned to her first love: playwriting. For more information visit ellenwittlinger.com

A strong cast of local actors are performing including Al Neal, Brandon Lee, Carissa Dagenais, Jimmy Murphy, and Linda Tardif. 

Director Keith Langsdale (Lenox) is a professional Director and Actor. He has worked in theatre across the country and abroad directing and acting in plays from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. He has also been on television and in films, including his lead role in the feature film, The God Question. He wrote and directed his award winning short film, The Wedge. In the Pioneer Valley, he has directed for New Century Theatre and the Majestic. With Silverthrorne, he has performed the one man show, The Tattooed Man Tells All, and directed The Diary of Anne Frank, Fourteen Wedding Dresses, and the world premiere of the play, White Black and Blue.

The primary mission of Silverthorne Theater Company’s Theater Thursdays Play Reading Series is to support playwrights in the development of new theatrical work. Theater Thursdays often highlight full-length scripts by playwrights local to Western Massachusetts and the greater New England region, with a focus on writers whose voices have been underrepresented in theatrical production. Theater Thursdays provide playwrights with an opportunity to experience their work embodied by skilled actors in a semi-staged reading. We also aim to utilize Theater Thursdays to bring new work to audiences in Western Massachusetts, and to allow them the opportunity to engage constructively and thoughtfully in the process of helping to develop new plays.

This year’s 2022 series is supported in part by grants from the Greenfield, Buckland, Bernardston, Conway, Colrain, Deerfield, Northfield and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.                                     Conway LCC

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call 413-768-7514, or visit https://silverthornetheater.org/play-reading-series/

Silverthorne Theater Company is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization founded in 2014. Our mission is to present adventurous, thought-provoking theatrical experiences, including productions of classic, contemporary and new works for diverse audiences. We perform in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on the ancestral lands of the Nipmuc, Pocumtuck, and Wabenaki peoples.

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