Date(s) - Thursday, August 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
by James McLindon
Thursday, August 20
Launches at 7 pm on Facebook & YouTube
STC’s final Theater Thursday Play Reading series selection is Northampton playwright James McLindon’s Distant Music. Set in Cambridge in an Irish pub, three people with very different vocations keep company over their pints of stout as they wrestle with major life crises.
This will be a recording of a live reading of the play.
Following the Thursday viewing, audience members can attend a live Zoom discussion with the playwright, director and cast members. Links to the YouTube streaming and the live Zoom audience discussion on August 20 will be posted on Silverthorne’s web site – https://silverthornetheater.
At once dramatic and comedic, Distant Music involves themes of faith, law, romantic love — and fish & chips! The full-length play features Silverthorne veterans Frank Aronson and Jarice Hanson, and newcomer Rocco Desgres under the direction of Penney Hulten.
On a snowy night in an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Connor (Aronson), Maeve (Hanson) and Dev (Desgres) meet, each agonizing over an irrevocably life-changing decision. The three fight over religion and beer, whether truth exists at all, the differences between the Irish and Irish-Americans, the many failings (according to Dev) of the latter, and, finally, the capacity of stout to explain, metaphorically and metaphysically, most of life. The play, winner of numerous awards, has been produced across the country and is published by Dramatic Publishing.
Playwright McLindon graduated from Harvard Law School summa cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has been a Dramatists Guild Fellow and twice a Next Voices Playwriting Fellow at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston. He has also had residencies at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others.
Links to the evening’s performance on Facebook and YouTube will be available on the Silverthorne website: https://
Silverthorne’s Theater Thursday Play Reading series was made possible in part by support from the Greenfield, Hadley and Buckland Cultural Councils with funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.