Welcome to Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 31 March, 2011 in Art, Fun, Greg Thornton with 2 Comments

By God, the old man could handle a spade.

Just like his old man.

….

Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods

Over his shoulder, going down and down

For the good turf. Digging.

But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests.

I’ll dig with it.

From Digging by Seamus Heaney

This slice from the extraordinary poet, Seamus Heaney, Irishman, Noble Laureate, is a piece I always come back to when beginning a new venture. Whether taking on a role in a play, a section of garden at the house, or now, this newest venture for me, the Cloverdale Playhouse, these words help to ground me in the creative soil, reminding me of where I come from and where I need to be in order to start again. About three weeks ago, I was appointed Artistic Director of the Playhouse, and I am privileged to be given this new role, which came to me quickly, as in the wind, perhaps happening at such a pace that I did not have time to come up with enough reasons to say no!

This newest addition to the cultural arts scene in Midtown Montgomery, and indeed, the entire River Region, holds great possibilities for the enhancement of the lives of those who want to perform, to sing, to write, to compose, to paint. Our hope is that you will find our place a welcome home to your creative spirits.

Speaking of digging, the Cloverdale Playhouse, at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Cloverdale Road, will be undergoing some months of renovation. While that goes on, our great board and our staff will be digging deep for the support of the whole community as we look to getting things rolling in the fall of 2011.

I hope this space will be a spot where you will enjoy spending time as we explore plays we look to perform, discover writers who pen the next great one, musicians looking to share their gifts, and artists ready to grace our home with their works. You are all welcome. Please feel free to come join us.

Greg Thornton has been an actor for over 30 years. His work has been seen at major theaters throughout the country. For 20 seasons, he was an Associate Artist with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, a member of the faculty in the Master of Fine Arts program, director, and co-founder of the ASF/MAO Benefit. He has appeared in numerous films and television programs. He is also narrates audio books at Audible.com. He is the Artistic Director of the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery.

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  1. The Cloverdale Playhouse is the culmination of the doggedly determined dream of Old Cloverdale resident and theatre lover, Morris Dees, founder. Morris first mentioned to me at least a dozen years ago that he thought the old Christian church building, Fairview at Cloverdale, would make a marvelous theatre. When it came on the market in 2009, we made one call–to Morris, who immediately snapped it up. In hiring Greg Thornton as its artistic director, Dees and the board have assured the success of what will ultimately become one of Montgomery’s most beloved cultural treasures.

  2. Heather C says:

    I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have Cloverdale Playhouse here in our community! Many thanks to all involved.

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