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 professional actors and directors, the series explores 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 readings take place on select Sundays this Spring at 3:30 p.m. There are only 30 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 2017 Fresh Takes Reading Series is generously supported by No. Six Depot Roastery and Café and the Dramatists Guild Fund.

Please note all sales are final. No refunds available. Patrons may exchange tickets up to 48 hours before curtain– not including special event one-night performances. No refunds or exchanges for already discounted tickets.

March 12, 2017

The Flora and Fauna

by Alyson Mead

directed by Molly Clancy

A secret is revealed, a friendship is forged, and nearly 30 years later two women try to cope with the unspeakable. Are they putting themselves in harm’s way? Can they help each other heal? Does it still matter? Written by Alyson Mead, The Flora and Fauna, inspired by the infamous letter read out-loud during the Stanford rape case, is the story of female friendship, vulnerability and intimacy. The play is the winner of Arizona based The Bridge Initiative Project’s New Work Contest, of which this reading with WAM Theatre was part of the prize. WAM Theatre invites audiences to a powerful examination of friendship, community, and the aftermath of trauma.

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May 7, 2017


by Jackie Sibblies Drury

directed by Alice Reagan

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is seen in the snapshots of our lives? Really explores the relationships of a young black woman taking pictures of her former white boyfriend’s mom. Both women clutch their memories of him, as they search to redefine themselves in his wake. WAM Theatre invites Berkshire audiences to partake in this piece about artists, legacy and photography. Really premiered with the New York City Players in 2016 and explores what we find in life, what we leave behind in death, and where both intersect. Time Out New York called the play, ”an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics.”

June 4, 2017

The Droll

by Meg Miroshnik

directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

A new play about the end of theatre. Our protagonist, young Nim Dullyn, seeks to join an underground theatrical troupe– being pursued by the controlling and unjust government Roundheads, who deem theater an abomination. WAM Theatre invites you to join the resistance in this daring and darkly funny world as the last remaining Players risk everything to perform one last Hamlet against all odds. The Droll is a love letter to actors and an exploration of art and politics. Through the lens of 17th Century Puritan England, the play explores artists living lives of creativity when doing so was a crime. Through this reading, WAM ask our audiences: What would you risk for your passions, your art?

August 1, 2017

Smart People

by Lydia R Diamond

directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

It is the eve of Obama’s first election in 2008. Four of Harvard University’s brightest – a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist – are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia  R. Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.