The New Artist Series presented by A Theatre Group brings four evenings of new works to Silverton this week, starting this evening, Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24.
Opening the series this evening at 7 p.m., in the Silverton Public Library, is a performance art piece by Desiree Henderson. This is a new art form for A Theatre Group. Desiree has performed and developed works presented at Fort Lewis College, Denver, Seattle and La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in New York.
Friday evening, a new play, “I See A Light” by M. N. Norton, will receive a staged reading beginning at 7 p.m. in the Library at 1111 Reese Street. Norton is an experienced author having written several novels that have been adapted for screen.
“I See A Light” is her first stage play. It follows the meandering of Sherri, middle-aged woman who has to look back on her life with depth, humor, sadness and a growing understanding about the choices made in her life that brought regret and sorrow.
Saturday evening, July 23, at 7 p.m. Randy Wyatt, will stage a reading of his newest play “Black Friday” in the Public Library. Randy is taking advantage of the unique Silverton New Artist Series environment to workshop several humorous pieces into a whole.
“Black Friday” is about a group of friends that go to the mall on Black Friday and cause havoc. Randy’s plays have been produced around the world. He earned his MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University in Mankato and is a member of the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis as well as the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas.
He serves as the literary manager for Actor’s Theatre of Grand Rapids and is the Theatre Program director and assistant professor of theatre at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sunday, July 24, ATG moves to the patio at Natalia’s Restaurant for dinner and a reading of Sinjin Jones’ new play “Lineage.” This play is a story of memory and family, a story of love and hate, a story of the choice between forgiving and forgetting or holding on and dwelling. Attendees are encouraged to gather on the patio at 6 p.m. for dinner from Natalia’s full menu, followed by the presentation at 7 p.m. Proceedings will move to the dining room if forced by the weather.
At the end of each evening’s presentation there will be a short break followed by a talkback session involving the author, presenters and the audience in a discussion about the evening’s performance.
Ticket prices for each presentation are $10 for adults and $8 for children, 10 and under. Reservations can be made by phone: (970) 387-5337 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week, July 27-30, is it a poetry smack down between Shel Silvertein and Dr. Seuss? Is life as simple as black-and-white or is it more colorful?
Join the children of Silverton Summer Youth Program for an answer. “Where the Sidewalk Ends and Seuss Begins” will be presented at 7 p.m. next Thursday through Sunday evenings in Town Hall.
These performances are the conclusion of the eight week summer camp run by A Theatre Group for the children of Silverton and visitors. The camp focuses on all art forms including graphic arts, dance, poetry, as well as theatre.
“Where the Sidewalk Ends and Seuss Begins” will be performed July 27 through July 30 at 7 p.m. in the Silverton Town Hall. Reservations can be made by calling ATG at )970) 387-5337 or by email at email@example.com