‘Hilltown Plays’ Looks at Poverty in Western Mass

This is the final weekend in New York for Lucy Thurber’s Hilltown Plays – five plays, performed simultaneously, on stages around the city’s West Village. Together, they tell the story of a young girl who grew up amid poverty and drunken abuse. She becomes a successful adult but never fully leaves behind where she came from.

Thurber herself grew up in rural poverty in western Massachusetts. Her plays are filled with people she says could be from anywhere in America, like 16-year-old Celia  in the play “Asheville.” Thurber says Celia feels trapped between her alcoholic mother and her burnout boyfriend.