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WAM THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING

for Moira Buffini’s Silence, the first Fresh Takes play reading of 2015

 

“We need only stay silent. You can hide anything in a silence.” - Moira Buffini

 

LENOX, MA (4/6/2015)— WAM Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for their staged reading of Silence by Moira Buffini, the first reading in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The inaugural series last year sold out, and whetted audience appetites for more professional readings of plays that explore the lives and experiences of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA.

 

The cast of Silence features Gregory Boover (Shakespeare & Company’s Romeo & Juliet),Doria Bramante (Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s Beethoven Love Elegies), Caroline Calkins (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Eyes), Rory Hammond (NYU’S The Scarlet Letter), Miles Harrison (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Josh Aaron McCabe (Shakespeare & Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Acclaimed actor and director Tod Randolph, a Berkshire area favorite, will direct the reading. Jessica Sovronsky will be the Stage Manager.

 

Director Tod Randolph recommended this play to WAM Theatre for their Fresh Takes series. When asked why she wanted to direct this reading, she said, “It’s a beautiful play about people discovering who they are and all the ways it’s possible to make those discoveries. I find it very funny and entertaining with some dark moments, and some very odd moments. For instance, a stew is cooked one night and hallucinogenic mushrooms are involved…”

 

Set in Great Britain at the end of the first millennium, this dark comedy sends a young couple and a Roman Catholic priest dashing through the mud on an odyssey of discovery as they flee an enraged despot’s murderous rampage amidst Viking raids. This winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is sparkling with deliberate clashes of period and style. Join WAM Theatre as they embark on a journey of power, identity, gender and desire.

 

Silence is the opening presentation in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series, which gives a stage to ground-breaking works – which have been successfully presented elsewhere but are new to our Berkshire audiences – that tell women’s stories. Featuring local established and emerging actors and directors, the series will explore the work of provocative contemporary voices. The series includes a post-reading discussion and will encourage feedback on which plays audience members would like to see WAM Theatre produce.

 

There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going online to http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes-play-reading-series-2015. Due to the limited availability, advance booking is highly recommended. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the café prior to the reading, which will begin in the gallery at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

The 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading series is curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Molly Clancy and consists of:

  • Silence by Moira Buffini, directed by Tod Randolph (April 19, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.)

  • The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, directed by Kelly Galvin (May 17, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.)

  • Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline Lawton, directed by Jayne Atkinson (June 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. – a part of the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival)

  • The Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Molly Clancy (August 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.)

  • The Effect by Lucy Prebble, directed by WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven (September 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.)

 

 

Find out more about the series at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes-play-reading-series-2015

 

WAM Theatre Announces Second Series of Fresh Takes Staged Readings

 

Lenox, MA [March 17, 2015] - WAM Theatre is excited to announce the line-up for its second season of Fresh Takes Staged Readings at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge. The first series last year sold out all five readings, and whetted the appetites of area audiences for more professional readings of plays that explore the lives and experiences of women and girls. Each reading is followed by a talkback with the actors and directors.

 

WAM Artistic Associate Molly Clancy is curating the 2015 series. “The Fresh Takes readings are very intimate in the wonderful art gallery space at No. Six Depot,” Clancy explained, “So the post-show discussion are very conversational, like a book club. We really want to create that dialogue with our audience and get to know them better. And we want to show them what kind of theatre WAM produces, even during months when we don’t have a major production scheduled.”

 

All of this year’s plays were penned by living, female playwrights and include the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonfulby Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Silence by Moira Buffini, which earned the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for best English-language play by a woman. The June reading, Noms de Guerre, will be part of the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival and playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton will be in the Berkshires to participate.

 

This season Clancy has selected plays that have had successful productions or readings elsewhere, but are new to the Berkshire audience. “These plays tell stories that are relevant, provocative, and contemporary. This is also a way for WAM to test out plays we are considering for the future, which is exciting for our audience to get a ‘sneak peek’ and offer their feedback.”

 

Another focus of the Fresh Takes series is to feature local actors and directors, artists audiences have grown to love on area stages over the years. The series opens on April 19 with popular actress Tod Randolph directing Silence, and in June stage and film star Jayne Atkinson will be directing Noms de Guerre. 2014 Fresh Takes curator Kelly Galvin will direct Three Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik in May; Clancy herself will take the directorial reins onWater by the Spoonful in August, and WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven will direct the final Fresh Takes offering,The Effect by Lucy Prebble, in September

 

Fresh Takes Staged Readings

 

Fresh Takes, WAM Theatre’s play-reading series held in the gallery space at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St., West Stockbridge, MA, on the following Sundays at 3 pm: April 19May 17June 14August 16, and September 13.

 

Curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Molly Clancy, Fresh Takes will give a stage to ground-breaking works – which have been successfully presented elsewhere but are new to our Berkshire audiences - that tell women's stories. Featuring local established and emerging actors and directors, the series will explore the work of provocative contemporary voices.

 

There are only 25 tickets available per reading. Tickets are $20, which includes a post-show discussion and the opportunity to meet the cast and director. Refreshments will be available for purchase at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café. Seewww.WAMTheatre.com for more information.

 

Information on all five shows is below, for the casting breakdown and more information visit: http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes-casting-breakdown-2015/

 

April 19, 2015

Silence

by Moira Buffini

directed by Tod Randolph

 

A bride and groom forge a pact to keep a secret in this dark comedy where Shakespeare's cross dressers meet Monty Python's blithering knights. At the end of the first millennium, Princess Ymma of Normandy was forced by England's King Ethelred to marry a young Viking, Lord Silence of Cumbria. The events conspire to send them dashing through the mud of England fleeing an enraged despot's murderous rampage. Winner of a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and sparkling with deliberate clashes of period and style, WAM Theatre embarks on a journey of power, identity, gender and desire.

 

May 17, 2015

The Tall Girls

by Meg Miroshnik

directed by Kelly Galvin

 

Welcome to Poor Prairie, the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda. It’s a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girl—until an out-of-towner arrives with a brand-new basketball in tow. As the town’s girls come together to form a team set on making it out of Poor Prairie, a murky committee of townspeople threatens to stamp out girls' sports altogether. Written by award-winning playwright Meg Miroshnik this play dramatizes issues important to the WAM Theatre community; the fight for class, education and gender equality.

 

June 14, 2015

Part of the Lift E’vry Voice Festival

Noms de Guerre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton

directed by Jayne Atkinson

 

Mira is a rising star in the Republican Party, but her campaign against reproductive rights puts her at odds with her best friend, Jude, an award-winning journalist. When Jude discovers that Mira’s war hero husband Douglas is linked to a massacre of Afghan civilians, Mira is thrown into a whirlwind of political intrigue and must decide whether to hold on to her career or save her husband. WAM Theatre presents this haunting, lyrical and passionate story nominated for a 2014 Kilroy, and written by Jacqueline E. Lawton who was named one of the top 30 national leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute.

 

August 16, 2015

Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

directed by Molly Clancy

 

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace, birth families splinter and online families collide. A winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, WAM Theatre invites the Berkshire audience to partake in this artful and heartfelt meditation on life on the brink of redemption.

 

September 13, 2015

The Effect

by Lucy Prebble

directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

 

In this clinical romance two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in an experimental drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love they manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. WAM Theatre presents this vibrant theatrical exploration of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. Written by Lucy Prebble, a finalist for the 2013-2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the play garnered the Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

About WAM Theatre

Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven to create professional theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls.

WAM Theatre also has a philanthropic mission, inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls. 

Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $15,000 to seven nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com

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WAM Theatre Announces 2015 Season Highlights

The Berkshire-based theatre company launches its sixth season

with the second annual Fresh Takes reading series and the launch of a comprehensive educational program

 

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (Feb. 24, 2015) — WAM Theatre’s Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven announced highlights of the 2015 season today. The Berkshire-based professional theatre company will celebrate its sixth year with an inspiring and thought-provoking series of play readings, special events, productions and educational programs that continue its mission to use theatre to benefit women and girls.

 

 

“I’m delighted to announce the dynamic programming we’ve planned for WAM Theatre’s sixth season,” said van Ginhoven. “While our main production occurs in the fall and will again be unveiled at our summer benefit event, we are thrilled to be offering an exciting line-up of events from February through September that fulfills our mission to share the stories of women and girls. This includes the second season of Fresh Takes, our series of play readings that features local theatre professionals, and the launch of our comprehensive three-stranded Education Program.”

 

 

2015 started off with a successful “mini-tour” of an enhanced staged reading version of our critically acclaimed 2013 production of Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson from February 10-13. Almost the entire original cast returned for well attended performances at Williams College (as part of the Off-Center Series), the University at Albany (as part of the Prime Performance Series), and the Berkshire Museum (as part of Pittsfield’s 10X10 Upstreet Arts festival).

 

In March, WAM Theatre will be a beneficiary of Jayne Atkinson’s special event, Can You Hear Me Baby? Stories of Sex, Love and OMG Birth!,  which is concluding this year’s Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Adapted from true stories that come from the hearts of mothers and fathers, this event brings together birth stories and original music to dramatize the joy, challenges, personal courage, and profundity of birth. Can You Hear Me Baby?takes the stage at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA on March 27 at 7pm and March 28 at 2 and 7 pm. Proceeds will benefit the National Perinatal Association,Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, and WAM Theatre

 

 

From April through September, WAM Theatre will present their second Fresh Takes series of play readings held in the gallery at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge on selected Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Fresh Takes, curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Molly Clancy, will give a stage to ground-breaking works – which have been successfully presented elsewhere but are new to our Berkshire audiences - that tell women's stories. Featuring local established and emerging actors and directors, the series will explore the work of provocative contemporary voices. The series includes a post-reading discussion and will encourage feedback on which plays audience members would like to see WAM Theatre produce.

 

The series includes Silence by Moira Buffini, directed by Tod Randolph (April 19); The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, directed by Kelly Galvin (May 17); Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline E. Lawton, directed by Jayne Atkinson (June 14), also part of the Lift E’vry Voice Festival; Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Molly Clancy (Aug. 16); and The Effect by Lucy Prebble, directed by Kristen van Ginhoven (Sept. 13). See below in our season highlights for information about each play.

 

 

In July, WAM Theatre will hold its Annual Celebration and Summer Benefit where the fall main stage production will be announced. This year the benefit event will take place at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond on Wednesday, July 15. The evening will include a sneak preview of the fall production and performances by local luminaries. In keeping with WAM Theatre’s unique double philanthropic mission, a portion of the proceeds from the fall production will be donated to an organization that benefits women and girls and that beneficiary will also be announced at the July 15 benefit. The Annual Celebration and Summer Benefit will be produced by Berkshire-based playwright and In Darfurproducer Jessica Provenz. Further details forthcoming.

 

 

Launch of comprehensive WAM Theatre Education Program

 

Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven shares one of the most exciting developments for 2015, “WAM Theatre aims to serve all of Berkshire County, including the growing number of underserved women and girls. We envision a world in which young women aspire to become confident leaders in their communities. This year, towards those aims, we are launching our official comprehensive Education Program, which consists of three strands of outreach: Community, After School and Production.”

 

1) Community: Creative Collaborations

WAM Theatre currently works in collaboration with other artistic groups and service organizations to provide specific theatre programs to groups of women and girls. Our current partners include Girls Inc. in Pittsfield, ACT NOW and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, where WAM Theatre is a partner on theSouth County Story Project.

 

In our community programs,  a WAM Theatre teaching artist works with participants to produce original material that explores issues of importance in their lives and serves the larger purpose of the community partner.

 

The participants in our community outreach programs learn important skills such as cooperation and collaboration, confidence in speaking, and group creativity. The emphasis for this program is on the skills acquired during the process. Anecdotally, words used by our current Girls Inc. participants to describe what they would take away from the program include "kindness", "confidence", "respectfulness", "helping", and "brave".

 

 

2) After School: WAM Theatre Girls Ensemble

The WAM Theatre Girls Ensemble is a new educational offering. The Girls Ensemble will be a selective program, drawing from schools and groups across the Berkshire region. The selection process will be by audition. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 and open to young women aged 14-19 across Berkshire County.

 

The first Girls Ensemble pilot cohort will rehearse from September to December and share their first original production in a professional theatre space on December 11, 2015. The participants will form an ensemble and use a devised theatre process to create their own original piece of theatre. They will create a complete show, with production values, that shares the perspectives and stories of the participants. This program will be led by WAM Theatre teaching artist Barby Cardillo and thanks to our sponsors, will be free for all participants.

 

Towards this end, a WAM Theatre teaching artist will visit eight committed pilot schools in April 2015 to provide a mini-workshop to potential participants. The eight pilot schools are: Bart Charter School, Hoosac Valley High School, Lenox High School, Monument Mountain High School, Mount Everett High School, Pittsfield High School, Taconic High School, and Waconah Regional High School.

 

Additionally, this is an ISTA endorsed project.  The International Schools Theatre Association (www.ISTA.co.uk), based in the United Kingdom, brings together young people, artists and teachers from different countries in different settings to experience, create and learn about theatre. WAM Theatre will use the established ISTA pedagogy and curriculum for devising such pieces as the springboard for our program. ISTA produces over 50 international arts events each year. WAM Theatre aims to bring participants to an ISTA event within the first five years of our Girls Ensemble program being launched.

 

 

3) Production: Engagement programming around our main stage productions

WAM Theatre generally produces one main stage production per year. To heighten the cultural enrichment and impact of the overall experience of coming to a WAM Theatre production, we want to provide access to our audiences in two ways: a subsidized ticket program and an educational engagement program. To date, we have provided subsidized performances to over 100 underserved audience members and included educational engagement opportunities for our last two fall productions Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight and In Darfur.

 

Seed funding for this three-stranded education program has been provided by multi-year grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Dylandale Foundation, the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA) and Petricca Industries as well as grants from the Feigenbaum Foundation, Interprint and local cultural councils: Lee, Lenox, Hinsdale-Peru, Monterey, Northern Berkshire, Richmond, Washington and Windsor.

 

Additional Sponsors for the 2015 season include Custom Business Solutions, Garden Gables Inn, Regina Burgio, Nina Molin, MD, Jon Gotterer, DMD.

 

WAM Theatre will announce additional programming in the coming months. For tickets and more information, seewww.WAMTheatre.com.

 

 

WAM THEATRE’S 2015 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

March 27 and 28

Jayne Atkinson’s Can You Hear Me Baby? Stories of Sex, Love and OMG Birth!  

Written by Lisa Rafel, with music by Lisa Rafel and Gary Malkin. Directed by Jayne Atkinson. At the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge, MA, on March 27 at 7pmand March 28 at 2 and 7 pm

 

Tickets $40 - $60. Proceeds will benefit the National Perinatal AssociationBerkshire Festival of Women Writers, and WAM Theatre. For more information, visitwww.canyouhearmebaby.com  Ticket link:http://canyouhearmebaby.brownpapertickets.com/

 

 

April through September

Fresh Takes Staged Reading Series

Curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Molly Clancy and hosted by No. Six Depot Roastery and Café on 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA, on select Sundays at 3 pm.

 

There are only 25 tickets available per reading. Tickets are $20, which includes a post-show discussion and the opportunity to meet the cast and director. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Café.

 

April 19, 2015

Silence

by Moira Buffini

directed by Tod Randolph

A bride and groom forge a pact to keep a secret in this dark comedy where Shakespeare's cross dressers meet Monty Python's blithering knights. At the end of the first millennium, Princess Ymma of Normandy was forced by England's King Ethelred to marry a young Viking, Lord Silence of Cumbria. The events conspire to send them dashing through the mud of England fleeing an enraged despot's murderous rampage. Winner of a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and sparkling with deliberate clashes of period and style, WAM Theatre embarks on a journey of  power, identity, gender and desire.

 

May 17, 2015

The Tall Girls

by Meg Miroshnik

directed by Kelly Galvin

Welcome to Poor Prairie, the dusty, desolate town where fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Jean has been exiled as caretaker for her wild-child cousin, Almeda. It’s a grim, dangerous place to eke out an existence as a teenage girl—until an out-of-towner arrives with a brand-new basketball in tow. As the town’s girls come together to form a team set on making it out of Poor Prairie, a murky committee of townspeople threatens to stamp out girls' sports altogether. Written by award-winning playwright Meg Miroshnik this play dramatizes issues important to the WAM Theatre community; the fight for class, education and gender equality.

 

June 14, 2015

Noms de Guerre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton

directed by Jayne Atkinson

Part of the Lift E’vry Voice Festival

Mira is a rising star in the Republican Party, but her campaign against reproductive rights puts her at odds with her best friend, Jude, an award-winning journalist. When Jude discovers that Mira’s war hero husband Douglas is linked to a massacre of Afghan civilians, Mira is thrown into a whirlwind of political intrigue and must decide whether to hold on to her career or save her husband. WAM Theatre presents this haunting, lyrical and passionate story nominated for a 2014 Kilroy, and written by Jacqueline E. Lawton who was named one of the top 30 national leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute.

 

August 16, 2015

Water by the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

directed by Molly Clancy

Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace, birth families splinter and online families collide. A winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, WAM Theatre invites the Berkshire audience to partake in this artful and heartfelt meditation on life on the brink of redemption.

 

September 13, 2015

The Effect

by Lucy Prebble

directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

In this clinical romance two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in an experimental drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love they manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. WAM Theatre presents this vibrant theatrical exploration of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. Written by Lucy Prebble, a finalist for the 2013-2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the play garnered the Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.
 

WAM Theatre will announce additional programming in the coming months. For tickets and more information, seewww.WAMTheatre.com.

About WAM Theatre

Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven to create professional theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls. 
 

WAM Theatre also has a philanthropic mission, inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls. 
 

Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $15,000 to seven nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visitwww.WAMTheatre.com

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WAM THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING

for Trina Davies’ Waxworks, the final Fresh Takes play reading

(scroll down for complete listings)

WAM Theatre Concludes 5th Anniversary Season 

with Sold Out Run of In Darfur 
$5,005 Donation to Housemothers at South African Orphanage

LEE, MA ()— After a full season of events to celebrate their fifth anniversary season, WAM Theatre successfully concluded the year with a sold out production and their largest gift presentation yet to a beneficiary.

In keeping with WAM Theatre’s double philanthropic mission, a gift presentation was made following the closing performance to the beneficiary of the sold out New England premiere production of In Darfur by Winter Miller, the thirteen housemothers at the Mother of Peace Orphanage in Illovo, South Africa. Susie Weekes, the Berkshire connection to the Orphanage, received a gift of $5,005 following the closing performance on November 16.

These thirteen housemothers have made many personal sacrifices to care for 84 children who have been orphaned, abused, or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Significantly, most of the housemothers plan to use this donation to invest in education for themselves and members of their families. For more information, please visit:

http://www.wamtheatre.com/fall-production-2014/meet-the-housemothers-of-mother-of-peace-illovo/
http://www.motherofpeace.org.za/illovo_home.html

Mother of Peace Orphanage is WAM Theatre’s seventh beneficiary, raising the total amount of funds donated since launching WAM Theatre in 2010 to over $15,000. WAM Theatre’s other beneficiaries include Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program for Girls (ROPE), Shout Out Loud Productions, Berkshire United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Edna’s Hospital in Somaliland, The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, and Women for Women International. This is in addition to providing paid contract work to over 100 theatre professionals it’s first five years.

In Darfur opened on November 1 to critical accolade and enthusiastic audience response, both at the performances and on social media. Audience members called it “a powerful, involving, intense, moving, uplifting experience.” As well as a “ profound experience of the strength, courage, resilience of the human spirit, simultaneously life challenging and life affirming.”

J. Peter Bergman of the Berkshire Edge called In Darfur“…a power punch of a play realized with a mighty imagination and clarity of vision. This is great theater...with its direct simplicity and emotional stoppers. This sort of work makes me proud to live in The Berkshires where wonderful talent abounds."

Jeffrey Borak of the Berkshire Eagle wrote, "In Darfur," particularly in this production, is at its best when it is at its most personal. There are moments of raw, unsettling, visceral power."

Selling out every single performance, including two added matinees, the show was complemented by an art exhibit featuring work by award-winning photojournalists John Stanmeyer and Ron Haviv, work from local artists featured in the current Paper Dresses exhibit, curated by PRESS Gallery Chief Melanie Mowinski, and a more in-depth look at the thirteen women who were the beneficiaries of the production.

Plus each performance was followed by a post-show conversation, moderated and curated by WAM Theatre’s Kimberly Ciola, and featuring a number of experts including playwright Winter Miller, professors Denise Ellis, Charles Jones, and Jennifer Browdy, international aid activist Brenda Oppermann, and recently releasedterror hostage Theo Padnos, whose article detailing his 22 months of captivity was the cover story in the New York Times Magazine during the show's run. 

“As we are about to say goodbye to WAM Theatre's fifth anniversary year, I could not feel more proud of our accomplishments and more inspired to continue to use theatre to benefit women and girls,” said WAM Theatre’s Artistic Director and the director of In Darfur, Kristen van Ginhoven. “Thank you to our community for being so supportive of our efforts and so engaged with our events. I'm extremely proud of the impact WAM Theatre has made in our first five years.”

The New England premiere of In Darfur, written by Winter Miller and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven, ran from October 30 through November 16 at the Berry Family Studio in the Elayne P. Bernstein Center at Shakespeare & Company's Kemble Street campus in Lenox, MA.

2014 Season- The Fifth Anniversary Season

The 2014 season for WAM began with another sold out event:Motherhood Out Loud presented in March as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (Criminal Minds, House of Cards) directed a benefit production of Motherhood Out Loud at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on March 28th and 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Proceeds from the production, co-produced by Atkinson and Susan Rose, benefited WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

The cast featured Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle and the upcoming FOX sitcom HERE’S Your Damn Family) and Michel Gill(House of Cards). After successful productions across the country, including an off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City, this was its Berkshire premiere.

In April, WAM Theatre was invited to present a staged reading ofEverywoman, a comedy about catastrophe, presented at the UAlbany, SUNY Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY. Directed by Sara Katzoff, artistic director of the Berkshire Fringe, and written by Carolyn Yalkut, who teaches drama, film and literature at the University of Albany, the reading was held on April 3.

From April through September, WAM Theatre presented Fresh Takes, a new series of play readings held in the gallery at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Fresh Takes, curated by WAM Theatre Artistic AssociateKelly Galvin, gave a stage to new and reimagined works that tell women's stories. Featuring local professional actors and directors, the readings explored the work of provocative contemporary and classical voices. The inaugural 2014 series included Blue Stockingsby Jessica Swale (April 13); Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (May 18); How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22); Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (Aug.17); and Waxworks by Trina Davies (Sept. 21). The 2015 Fresh Takes series will be announced in the new year.

In August, WAM Theatre held its Fifth Anniversary Celebration and Summer Benefit with Change Makers at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. Change Makers was hosted by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Marsha Norman and WAMC Producer Sarah LaDuke and featured a lively panel discussion around creating positive change through the arts. Panelists included author and actor Jessica Blank, playwright Winter Miller, photographer John Stanmeyer, and filmmaker Cynthia Wade.

The year ended with audiences raving about WAM Theatre’s acclaimed sold-out New England premiere of In Darfur.

WAM Theatre also continued their Education Outreach program, launched in 2013, at Girls Inc. in Pittsfield, led by WAM Theatre teaching artist Barby Cardillo.

In 2015, thanks to multi-year grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Dylandale Foundation, the International Schools Theatre Association, and Petricca Industries, WAM Theatre will expand their Education program to include more women and girls from across Berkshire County.

Established in 2010, WAM Theatre has emerged as a bold voice on the area’s performing arts scene. Under the artistic direction of van Ginhoven, the company has rapidly become a strong community presence through its mission to create theatre for everyone that benefits women and girls. “Until WAM began doing these charity givebacks in the Berkshires it was rare for a theatre company to actually embrace local social programs as a matter of their core mission…WAM has created a new paradigm” (Berkshire On Stage and Screen)

PITTSFIELD, MA (09/08/2014)— WAM Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for a reading of Waxworks by Trina Davies, the final reading in the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. An exploration of the tales we are told and the heroes and villains we create, Waxworks tells the story of Madame Tussaud, an extraordinary artist who developed the first worldwide entertainment brand. WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. Waxworks is the fifth and final presentation in the new Fresh Takes play reading series, which offers new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories. The series has proven popular with audiences, selling out its first four readings.

The cast of Waxworks features Shanae Burch (Can’t Wait Productions The Da Vinci Commission), Kathleen M. Carey (Hubbard Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Zoe Laiz (Stella Adler Studio’s Alls’ Well That Ends Well), Robert Lohbauer(Shakespeare & Company’s Heroes), Josh McCabe (Shakespeare & Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Susannah Melone (One Year Lease’s Phedre), Amy Prothro (Majestic Theatre’s Proof) and Josephine M. Wilson(PA Centre Stage’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie). WAM Theatre’s Artistic Director, Kristen van Ginhoven, will direct the reading.

With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud (Marie Grosholz) is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius’ Wax Salon in the heart of Paris. There she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris. But as the revolution descends, Marie is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriended – whose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as ‘patriots’ or ‘enemies’.  An exploration of the tales we are told and the heroes and villains we create, Waxworks tells the story of an extraordinary artist who developed the first worldwide entertainment brand. This WAM reading will be one of the first public readings of this not-yet-published play.

“One day I was killing time in a small city and went into a dusty wax museum on a lark, thinking it would be a funny diversion,” says playwright Trina Davies. “I found myself staring at a tableau of Madame Tussaud holding a head and a plaster cast, and a sign that said only this: ‘Madame Tussaud was forced to cast the guillotined heads of people she had known from working at the Palace of Versailles.’ That sent me on a multi-year journey - through rare nineteenth century books, to London England where I visited a fantastic archivist at Tussauds London, and onto Paris to walk the streets where Marie (Tussaud) had lived. She was an extraordinary woman who lived through extraordinary times, who overcame dangerous obstacles and made the most of her situation. This amazing woman created the first worldwide entertainment brand in history.”

There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going online to http://wamfreshtakes.bpt.me. Due to the limited availability, advance booking is highly recommended. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the café prior to the reading, which will begin in the gallery at 3:00 p.m.

The Fresh Takes Play Reading series is curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Kelly Galvin and consists of: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (May 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), and Waxworks by Trina Davies (September 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.). Find out more about the series at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/.

About WAM Theatre

Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven, who was inspired to take action by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold: first, to create theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; and second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls.

Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $10,500 to six nonprofit organizations that help women and girls, and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In its fifth year, artistic director van Ginhoven has expanded WAM Theatre’s activities to include more performances in various venues, including educational outreach and the new Fresh Takes Play Reading Series at Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge. For more information, visitwww.WAMTheatre.com

 

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WAM Theatre announces fall production: In Darfur by Winter Miller
Fifth season benefit celebration, Change Makers, on August 24, includes a sneak peek of In Darfur and a panel discussion with the author and other award-winning artist/activists.  
LEE, MA (8/06/14) – As WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre prepares to celebrate its fifth season at the August 24 Change Makers benefit, artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven has announced that this year’s fall production will be the New England premiere of In Darfur.
In Darfur is the provocative account of three intertwined lives at a camp for internally displaced persons. The story follows an aid worker’s mission to save and protect lives, a journalist’s pursuit to deliver a front page story, and a Darfuri woman’s quest for safety. It is a searing story of urgency and international significance.
In Darfur’s author, Winter Miller, will participate in the panel discussion that is the cornerstone of WAM Theatre’s fifth season benefit celebration, Change Makers, taking place on August 24 at 7 pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. In addition to the panel discussion with Miller and other extraordinary artists who seek to create positive social change through their work, the event will also include a sneak peek at In Darfur and the announcement of the beneficiary of this year’s philanthropic donation. 
After five years of producing plays and donating more than $10,500 to organizations that help women and girls, van Ginhoven says the time is right to select a play for the fall production that deals more directly with the issues WAM Theatre was founded to address. “I have loved In Darfur for four years, since I met Winter and she sent it to me, but I was scared to step up and produce such a challenging work of theatre. I have always said that I don’t have the resilience to be one of those people on the front lines, that what I can do is create an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and imaginative evening in the theatre to benefit those who do confront the serious issues head-on. This year, many different events have come together to make this the story we must tell with our fall production. I have every confidence that our audience will receive this relevant story with enthusiasm.” 
Van Ginhoven was inspired to create WAM Theatre after reading the book “Half the Sky” by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Miller’s drama In Darfur was inspired by what she saw as Kristof’s researcher at the start of the genocide in Darfur in 2004. After winning the 2006 "Two-Headed Challenge" commission from the Guthrie Theater and the Playwrights’ Center, Miller traveled with Kristof to villages and refugee camps along the Chad/Sudan border. In Darfur premiered at The Public Theater in Manhattan for a sold-out run; a subsequent staged reading in the Public's 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park – a first for a play by a woman – drew a standing-room-only crowd. 
WAM Theatre’s production of In Darfur, scheduled for October 30-November 16, will be the play’s New England premiere. It will be presented at the Berry Family Studio (Studio 3) in the Elayne P. Bernstein Center at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Tickets will go on sale September 1 on the Shakespeare & Company website at www.tickets.shakespeare.org.
Four exceptional artist/activists on the August 24 Change Makers panel.
Miller, a founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights, whose other plays include The Penetration Play, The Arrival, Paternity, Amandine, and Seed, will be joined by three other extraordinary, award-winning artist/activists on the August 24 Change Makers panel, all of whom promote social justice and human rights through their work: 
Berkshire-based filmmaker Cynthia Wade, who is now producing the Hollywood feature film adaptation of her 2008 Academy-Award-winning documentary Freeheld, has garnered more than 45 film awards worldwide for her work, which also includes Monday’s at Racine and Selfie.
Longtime National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer has been recognized with every major honor for photojournalism, including the Robert Capa, NPPA, and National Magazine, and World Press awards.
Playwright/author/actor Jessica Blank, whose play The Exonerated (co-written with Erik Jensen), based on interviews with wrongly convicted death row inmates, won multiple prestigious theater awards, and who followed up with the drama Aftermath, based on interviews with Iraqi civilian refugees, has several television projects in development as well as roles in four films coming out this year.
Van Ginhoven will engage the panelists in a discussion exploring art as a means to address social justice. The panelists will discuss their perspectives on the role of artist as activist and share stories of the challenges they have faced while taking on daunting issues at home and across the world. In addition to this dynamic panel discussion, the Change Makers benefit celebration will also include a sneak peek of In Darfur, the announcement of the beneficiary of this year’s philanthropic donation, and an onstage reception for top-level ticket holders.
Says van Ginhoven, “As an organization whose aims are to effect positive change through theatre, I couldn’t be more excited that this fifth season benefit celebration will showcase extraordinary artists striving to make the world a better place. Given the experience and caliber of the panelists, we are looking forward to sharing a meaningful and inspirational evening with our audience. This important discussion will pave the way perfectly for our fall production of In Darfur, which, as Oskar Eustis of the Public Theatre notes, is a theatrical offering that is also a call to arms.”
Tickets to Change Makers, a panel discussion and benefit celebration of WAM Theatre’s fifth season, can be purchased in person or by calling the Mahaiwe box office at 413.528.0100 or atwww.mahaiwe.org
Change Makers, WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration, benefit, and panel discussion on creating positive change through the arts, hosted by Jayne Atkinson. 
Date & Time
Sunday, August 24 at 7 pm 
Location
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
Ticket prices
Premium seating:
Gold: $125; includes post-show reception with the artists/panelists on the Mahaiwe stage.
Silver: $75; includes $25 donation to WAM Theatre’s education program.
Reserved seating: $50
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mahaiwe.org, in person or by calling the box office at413.528.0100
Lead sponsors
Berkshire Magazine; Cohen Kinne Valicenti Cook, Attorneys; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Gogel & Gogel Law Firm
Additional sponsors
Blue Q; Canyon Ranch; Cohen + White Associates; John Gotterer; DMD, Nina Molin, MD; Lenox Village Integrative Pharmancy; Rogovoy Report; Rook Wood Inn; Rouge Restaurant & Bistro. Fifth season events also partially supported by the Alford-Egremont, Pittsfield, Otis and Stockbridge Cultural Councils.
About WAM Theatre
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven, who was inspired to take action by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold: first, to create theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; and second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. 
Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $10,500 to six nonprofit organizations that help women and girls, and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In its fifth year, artistic director van Ginhoven has expanded WAM Theatre’s activities to include more performances in various venues, including educational outreach and the new Fresh Takes Play Reading Series at Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge. For more information, visitwww.WAMTheatre.com
 
Stop the Presses! Marsha Norman and Sarah LaDuke to Co-Host 
WAM Theatre’s August 24 Change Makers Event
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and WAMC Roundtable producer step in as Jayne Atkinson flies off to the Emmy Awards.  
 
LEE, MA (8/13/14) – WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre’s annual benefit just got even more exciting. Artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven is pleased to announce that legendary playwrightMarsha Norman and WAMC Northeast Public Radio producer Sarah LaDuke will co-host Change Makers, WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration and benefit at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on August 24 at 7 pm. This dynamic duo takes the place of actor Jayne Atkinson, who needed to bow out to attend the Emmy Awards In Los Angeles.
Says Atkinson, “When I agreed to host the benefit, I didn’t realize I would be invited to attend the Emmy Awards. After some quick thinking, a flurry of phone calls and emails, and a lot of nail-biting, Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and beloved radio personality and producer Sarah LaDuke have stepped in, enabling WAM Theatre to go on with the show, without missing a beat. I’m delighted with how it all worked out and look forward to hosting another WAM event in the future because Kristen van Ginhoven and WAM provide the Berkshires with a dynamic opportunity to support women's voices and themes not only artistically but also philanthropically, and the shows are wonderful! It's all right here in our own backyard. How lucky we are to be here with WAM Theatre at the beginning of an amazing journey!"
Van Ginhoven says she is honored to have such high-caliber women in media as co-hosts of Change Makers, a multifaceted event that includes a panel discussion with award-winning artist/activists working to effect positive change; a sneak peek at WAM Theatre’s fall production, In Darfur; and an onstage reception for top-level ticketholders.
Norman gained celebrity as the author of ’night Mother, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Award, and was adapted into a film. She won 1991 Tony and Drama Desk awards for her book for the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, and another Tony nomination for The Color Purple, a musical that had a three-year run on Broadway. She was most recently represented on by Broadway the musical The Bridges of Madison County, which debuted last summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival; a national tour of the show is slated for the fall of 2015. Norman has won a Peabody Award for her writing for the HBO series In Treatment. Her latest play, The War on Women, is a commission from the UN and concerns trafficking and violence toward women worldwide. Norman is co-chair of the Playwriting Department of the Juilliard School and a co-founder of the Lilly Awards, started in spring 2010 as a way to honor the work of women in the American theatre. 
LaDuke grew up in Saranac Lake, NY, where she worked part time at Pendragon Theatre (mostly behind the scenes) throughout high school and college. She has worked at WAMC, Northeast Public Radio since May 2006, primarily as producer for The Book Show and The Roundtable. Her love of theatre is familiar to public radio listeners, as is her dulcet voice, thanks to her occasional on-air interviews with actors, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians, and dancers including Carol Burnett, John Patrick Shanley, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Philip Glass, and Jeff Tweedy.
“The work that WAM has done over the past five seasons is inspiring and humbling,” says LaDuke. “I am honored to have been asked to co-host this event – an event I would be interested in attending in any capacity. I can’t wait to learn what the panelists have to say about effecting positive change through the arts – a frequent topic of focus on WAMC and on The Roundtable - and one of personal import as well.”
WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration and benefit has turned into quite the jet-set affair. While Atkinson is flying out to the Emmy Awards, Norman will be jetting in, arriving at JFK airport around noon and heading straight up to Great Barrington and onto the Mahaiwe stage. 
“It’s so exciting that Marsha and Sarah have gone above and beyond to be here for Change Makers and support WAM Theatre,” says van Ginhoven. “I am overwhelmed by the fierce commitment of all the panelists in this important benefit event, which will raise valuable funds for our fall production.”
The August 24 Change Makers panel features four exceptional artist/activists:
Filmmaker Cynthia Wade has won more than 45 awards worldwide for her work, including Monday’s at Racine, Selfie, and her 2008 Academy-Award-winning documentary Freeheld, which is being adapted into a major feature film with Wade as producer.
Playwright Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights and the author of In Darfur, which was inspired by what Miller saw as Nicholas Kristof’s researcher at the start of the genocide in Darfur in 2004. WAM Theatre recently announced that In Darfur is its 2014 fall production.
Author and actor Jessica Blank co-wrote The Exonerated (with Erik Jensen), based on interviews with wrongly convicted death row inmates, which won multiple prestigious theater awards, and followed up with the drama Aftermath, based on interviews with Iraqi civilian refugees.
Longtime National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer has been recognized with every major honor for photojournalism, including the Robert Capa, NPPA, National Magazine, and World Press awards.
Van Ginhoven will engage the panelists in a discussion of art as a means to address social justice and human rights. The panelists will share their perspectives on the role of artist as activist and share stories of the challenges they have faced while taking on daunting issues at home and across the world. In addition to this dynamic discussion, Change Makers will also include a sneak peek of In Darfur; the announcement of the beneficiary of this year’s philanthropic donation; and an onstage reception for top-level ticket holders.
Says van Ginhoven, “As an organization dedicated to creating positive change through theatre, I couldn’t be more excited to showcase these extraordinary artists striving to make the world a better place. With the addition of Sarah LaDuke and Marsha Norman, we know this will be a meaningful and inspirational event. This important discussion will pave the way perfectly for our fall production of In Darfur, which, as Oskar Eustis of New York’s Public Theater notes, is a theatrical offering that is also a call to arms.”
Tickets to Change Makers, a panel discussion and benefit celebration of WAM Theatre’s fifth season, can be purchased in person or by calling the Mahaiwe box office at 413.528.0100 or atwww.mahaiwe.org
Quick Facts
Change Makers, WAM Theatre’s fifth season celebration, benefit, and panel discussion on creating positive change through the arts, hosted by Marsha Norman and Sarah LaDuke. 
Date & Time
Sunday, August 24 at 7 pm 
Location
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA
Ticket prices
Premium seating:
Gold: $125; includes post-show reception with the artist/panelists on the Mahaiwe stage.
Silver: $75; includes $25 donation to WAM Theatre’s education program.
Reserved seating: $50
Tickets can be purchased online at www.mahaiwe.org, in person or by calling the box office at413.528.0100
Lead sponsors
Berkshire Magazine; Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook, Attorneys; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Gogel & Gogel Law Firm
Additional sponsors
Blue Q; Canyon Ranch; Cohen + White Associates; John Gotterer, DMD; Nina Molin, MD; Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy; Rogovoy Report; Rookwood Inn; Rouge Restaurant & Bistro. Fifth season events also partially supported by the Alford-Egremont, Pittsfield, Otis and Stockbridge Cultural Councils.
Fall production
WAM Theatre’s production of In Darfur, scheduled for October 30-November 16, will be the play’s New England premiere. It will be presented at the Berry Family Studio (Studio 3) in the Elayne P. Bernstein Center at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Tickets will go on sale September 1 on the Shakespeare & Company website: www.tickets.shakespeare.org.
About WAM Theatre
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven, who was inspired to take action by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold: first, to create theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; and second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. 
 
Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $10,500 to six nonprofit organizations that help women and girls, and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In its fifth year, artistic director van Ginhoven has expanded WAM Theatre’s activities to include more performances in various venues, including educational outreach and the new Fresh Takes Play Reading Series at Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge. For more information, visitwww.WAMTheatre.com
 

WAM THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING

for Madeleine George’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England

“A thoughtful study in love and extinction, imaginatively crafted by Madeleine George.”

Variety

"Imagination at every turn. Seven Homeless Mammoths… belongs in the winner’s circle.”

New Jersey Star-Ledger

PITTSFIELD, MA (08/11/2014)— WAM Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for a reading of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George as part of the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. George’s whimsical, funny, and poignant play about the perils of monogamy, belief, and academic administration was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize which recognizes women who have written work of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England is the fourth presentation in the new Fresh Takes play reading series, which offers new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories. The series has proven popular with audiences and the first three readings sold out.

The cast of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England features Alika Hope (New Century Theatre’s Intimate Apparel), Melissa Wolff (Aglet Theatre’s Fifty Words), Samantha Cullen (Circle Mirror Transformation in association with the Actors Cooperative), Thom Whaley (Circle Mirror Transformation in association with the Actors Cooperative), Lily Cardaropoli (Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Shayne Peris (Siena College’s The Snow Queen.)Megan Sandberg Zakian (Central Square Theater, Artistic Associate) will direct the reading.

Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England is “an academic sex comedy” that focuses on the lives of three women in a college town in New England. Dean Wreen’s college is in dire financial straits and a plan to close its all-but-forgotten natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves into the local community. At home, her ex-lover, Greer, is staying with her—sending shock waves of a different sort through her relationship with her current (and much younger) girlfriend, Andromeda. Town-gown relations are in tatters! The local newspaper is erupting in protest! Even the historically inaccurate dioramas in the museum have started mouthing off! Madeleine George uses humor, imagination, and wit to tell this story of “alternative kinship structures”, life and death, and academia, even incorporating some philosophy from the sitcom Friends along the way.

The play first premiered at Two River Theatre Company in 2011 where the New York Times called it, “A smart, clever and highly promising new play... lively and literate.”

There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going online to http://wamfreshtakes.bpt.me. Due to the limited availability, advance booking is highly recommended. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the café prior to the reading, which will begin in the gallery at 3:00 p.m.

The Fresh Takes Play Reading series is curated by WAM Theatre Artistic Associate Kelly Galvin and consists of: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (May 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), and Waxworks by Trina Davies (September 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.). Find out more about the series at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/.

About WAM Theatre:
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven. Inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. WAM Theatre’s philanthropic mission is two-fold: first, to create theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; and second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $10,500 to its beneficiaries. For more information, see www.WAMTheatre.com.

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