When: April 9-11, 2010

Where: Barrington Stage – Stage Two, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA

A WAM Welcome

This evening of three diverse theatrical selections celebrating live theatre pieces created by women for the enjoyment of all.  A portion of the proceeds ($1000) from this event were donated to Women for Women International, WAM Theatre’s first beneficiary.

Jennifer Morabito, Grassroots Marketing Officer for Women for Women International remarked,  “We are grateful for the support of WAM Theatre and honored to be the beneficiary of ‘A WAM Welcome’.  It is because of the generosity and passion of individuals at the grassroots level that we are able to fulfill our mission of helping women move from victim to active citizen in the wake of war.”

Press

“..I felt so liberated when Gelfenbien came out with that Post-It note on her chest. Accept who you are, what you look like, and the gifts you’ve been given and go out and DO SOMETHING!….” Gail Burns, gailsez.org

“…based on the trio of compelling works that make up A WAM Welcome, WAM Theatre promises to bring something new to our creative communities….”Lesley Ann Beck from Berkshire Living Magazine

March 4, 2010- Feature in Berkeley Beacon Newspaper- Link to Article

March 18, 2010- Interview with Radio2Women- Link to podcast

April, 2010- Feature in The Women’s Times- Link to Article

April, 2010-Cover Feature in The Advocate Weekly- Link to Article

April, 2010-Article in The Berkshire Eagle- Link to Article

April, 2010- Article in the Pittsfield Gazette- Link to Article

Audience Reactions

“So often there’s no attention paid to the efforts we make to extend ourselves   when we believe in something.  No, we can’t change the whole world, but we can each do something.  Know that your mission is being fulfilled.  The way that you personally extended yourself to me (and to every member of the audience) closed the deal…I have been seduced by WAM!” – Kim Burnick

“WAM, a necessary installation to the region’s creative scene.  A Tour De Force! I eagerly await their next production!” – Kevin Craig West

“I have to say how much I enjoyed the performance. The variety and scope of topics and talent was amazing…. It really resonated with me and I’m sure a lot of other woman (of all ages) were moved as well.” – Paula Beaudin

‘A WAM Welcome’ featured:

1) A Staged Reading of: ‘The Last Standing Protestor’

written by Lydia Stryk, performed by Brenny Rabine

“From telemarketing to pre-emptive wars to sex slaves, Lydia Stryk’s THE LAST STANDING PROTESTER, is a forceful, beautifully written portrayal of one woman’s final stand against the threatening tidal wave of our society’s self-inflicted woes.” As described by: Stageworks Play by Play Festival

2) A Selection From:

2008 New York City Fringe Festival Hit: ‘My Salvation has  First name: A Wienermobile Journey’

Written and performed by NYC-based writer and comedian, Robin Gelfenbien.

This new comedy is based on the true story of an insecure goody-goody who finds redemption behind the windshield of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Hailed as “the highlight of the Fringe” by New York Magazine and awarded “4 stars” from Time Out New York, this is a show to relish and that’s no bologna! www.wienermobileshow.com

3) A Performance of: ‘Mirror, Mirror’

An ensemble-created piece by a cast of Russell Sage College (Troy, NY) students which looks with compassion and humour at the tyranny of the media towards women’s bodies, the struggles young women have with this issue and their attempts to see themselves and others in a different, more empowered way.

* All pieces are suitable for ages 13 and up.  Some strong language and content.

About Women for Women International

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time. http://www.womenforwomen.org/