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.

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.

Meet the cast and director

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.

Meet the cast and director

Jacqueline Lawton Headshot 3June 14, 2015

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.

Meet the cast and director

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.

Meet the cast and director

 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 a 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.