Disappointed as we were to find it necessary to suspend The Mollie New Works Festival in Silverton this past May, we at The Theatre Mine held enthusiastically to our mission of joyful, creative collaboration. The festival's theme this year was meant to be Aletheia, which means truth––the goddess of Truth, actually. As any passionate theatre artist or audience member knows, the stories we tell have the power to bring us closer to Truth by encouraging us to open our hearts and minds, to feel, to laugh, to grieve, and to come together communally.
As a (very) small non-profit organization, we must often make do with limited resources. However, we accept this as a creative challenge rather than an inhibiting barrier. Thus, we moved forward with a virtual incarnation of The Mollie New Works Festival. We presented live online readings of five plays, including one by the festival's namesake and inspiration, Mollie Mook-Fiddler. The experience exceeded our expectations as artists and creative collaborators, such that we have redoubled our intention to keep working and playing together, even while we cannot gather in person.
For those who missed the live readings, we are pleased to offer archived recordings, which you may access here on our website. If you enjoy what you see and hear, we thank you and invite you to help support us with a contribution (small or large, ALL donations help!) and by visiting our new online Gift Shop.
Thank you for supporting the arts!
Artwork by Delena Britnell
Reimagined & adapted
Directed by Delena Britnell
Directed by Lauren Berkman
The Serendipity of Flowers
Written by Christin Eve Cato
Directed by Lauren Berkman
Gigi Benson, Delena Britnell, Charmain Howington, and Marley Roberts
Written by Rosanna Staffa
Directed by Matthew Vire
Randy Noojin, Matthew Vire, Julian Roberts, Elizabeth Zeff, and Daniel Sullivan
Alice in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
Reimagined and Adapted by Mollie Mook-Fiddler
Raelen Barr, Gigi Benson, Maddie Benson, Lauren Berkman, Steph Braun, Pam Breithaupt, Hannah Dekay, Charmain Howington, Joy Kilpatrick, Grant Langdon, Jason Lythgoe, Felicia Marti, Ben Mattson, Julian Roberts, Marley Roberts, Elizabeth Zeff
The Deadly Belles
Written by Peter Gil-Sheridan
Directed by Nina Miller
Dot Adams, Nat Cassidy, Ron Clark, Nik Foley, Ben Mattson, and Kelley Rae O’Donnell
The Theatre Mine (TTM) was founded in May 2017 amid the dark timbers above a favored waterfall just north of Silverton, Colorado. Theatre artists Daniel Sullivan and Matthew Vire, and Silverton artist Judy Graham gathered to ponder possibilities about how they and other artists might work together to continue and further the work of friend and artistic collaborator, Mollie Mook-Fiddler.
TTM’s founding emerged in response to many questions about theatre and dreams and theatre-making. One particular question was paramount: how can we further the vision Mollie had shared for joyous, collaborative new works development in Silverton and beyond? After much digging into possibilities, the idea of a “theatre mine” was uncovered.
Extending Mollie’s ideas, The Theatre Mine intends to bring playwrights and theatre practitioners of all ways of theatre-making into collaboration and to foster regional theatre collaboration. Through TTM, artists will work in dynamic relationship with local children, youths, and adults, other theatre companies, and other arts organizations in Silverton and throughout the region to develop, create, and stage new works.
Mission and Vision
The Theatre Mine builds collaborative, creative, inter-mountain and regional relationships to enhance our communities though the advancement of the performing arts and theatre.
The Theatre Mine is committed to developing new theatrical works and producing existing work in a joyful spirit of collaboration with artists from all directions offering audiences ways of considering the human experience. We do this by bringing playwrights and other theater artists from local, regional, national, and international communities into San Juan County to develop theatre with local youths and adults and perform the work in the region and beyond.