Fresh Takes: Play Reading Series

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. The series includes a post-reading discussion and will encourage feedback on which plays audience members would like to see WAM Theatre produce.

Hosted by No. Six Depot Roastery and Café on 6 Depot Street in six-depot-logoWest Stockbridge, the series will feature local professional actors and directors. The readings will take place on select Sundays at 3:00 p.m. 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.

The 2016 Fresh Takes Reading Series is generously sponsored by No. Six Depot Roastery and Café and Kristin & James Hatt.

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April 17, 2016

The Last Wife

by Kate Hennig

directed by Molly Clancy

Kate is smart, poised, and passionate, a rising star in a world of intense competition, but her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and deceit, her devotion to the education of his daughters is putting strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII; WAM Theatre invites audiences to a powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and women’s rights. The play had its world premiere in 2015, with a sold out extended run at the Stratford Festival in Canada.

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May 15, 2016

Photograph 51

by Anna Ziegler

directed by Kelly Galvin

An intriguing portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her—often overlooked—role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. This complex tale explores how Rosalind, an intelligent, stubborn and courageous woman, navigated a world dominated by men. This critically acclaimed play ran on London’s West End in 2015, featuring Nicole Kidman. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a touching play that dramatizes the fight for education, equality and access for women.

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June 19, 2016

The Oregon Trail

by Bekah Brunstetter

directed by Estefania Fadul

A tale of two young women, both named Jane. One is an awkward middle schooler with body odor and epic skills for The Oregon Trail computer game. The other Jane is the woman in the game, living through the hardships of trail life with her family. Looking at the impact of memory and the legacy of sadness across generations, the play weaves parallel stories of survival, and asks the age-old question – do you want to ford the river? WAM is proud to present Brunstetter’s funny, imaginative and poignant play, which had it’s world premiere at the 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in Washington D.C.

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August 21, 2016

Samsara

by Lauren Yee

directed by Leigh Strimbeck

Katie and Craig are having a baby, with a surrogate who lives in India. A month before the baby’s due date, Craig travels to the subcontinent, where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three “parents” anxiously wait for the baby to be born, flights of fancy attack them from all sides, in the form of an unctuous Frenchman and a smart-mouthed fetus. WAM Theatre is proud to share this vibrant and whimsical take on modern day colonialism.

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 September 11, 2016

Grand Concourse

by Heidi Schreck

directed by Sheila Siragusa

Called to a life of service, Shelley is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her heart’s not in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic but confused young volunteer, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Schreck’s play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of happiness. WAM Theatre is pleased to share a play which was a nominee for the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award and a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
 

 Meet the cast and director