FIRST DEVELOPMENTAL WORKSHOP PRODUCTION

October 29–November 22 $15–$40

Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center – St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield

 

TO ORDER TICKETS

Call the Barrington Stage Company Box Office: 413-236-8888 – Hours are Monday 10a-3p and Tuesday-Friday 10a-5p.

In Person: At St Germain Stage starting 1 hour to curtain.

SPECIAL OFFERS:

Count Me In – For groups of 10+: Enjoy the show + a pre-show wine + nibble for the same price as a regular ticket!Count Me In Info

Note – Special Discount Offers below must be ordered by calling the box office

Berk4 $5 Discount – A discount collaboration with BSC, BTG, S&Co and WAM. See the fall play running at each theatre for a $5 discount- why not see them all?
Senior Rate – valid only for matinees – $5 discount
Youth Rate – 6-18yr – valid for all performances except previews – $15 discount
Artist Rate – valid for all performances except previews – $10 discount

Performance Dates & Prices:

Thursday, October 29, 7:30p, $18 (Preview)
Friday, October 30, 7:30p, $18 (Preview)
Saturday, October 31, 7:30p, $18 (Preview)
Sunday, November 1, 2:00p, $40 (Opening)

Friday, November 6 at 7:30p, $35
Saturday, November 7 at 2:00p, $35
Saturday, November 7 at 7:30p, $35
Sunday, November 8 at 2:00p, $35

Friday, November 13 at 7:30p, $35
Saturday, November 14 at 2:00p, $35
Saturday, November 14 at 7:30p, $35
Sunday, November 15 at 2:00p, $35

Friday, November 20 at 7:30p, $35
Saturday, November 21 at 2:00p, $35
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30p, $35
Sunday, November 22 at 2:00p, $40

Holy Laughter

By CATHERINE TRIESCHMANN Directed by MEGAN SANDBERG-ZAKIAN

The press and audiences have spoken!

From audience member Michele Mestman: “I highly recommend you see ‘Holy Laughter’. Not only will you be supporting one of our most innovative new theater programs and their mission, but you will walk away with ear to ear smiles. This was well written, very funny and irreverent story about a newly ordained female Episcopal minister and her first congregation.”

From audience member Maureen Phillips: It was hilarious!  Congratulations on a spectacular production.  We had a ball!

From audience member Claire Wernik-Cantone: “This is a must see!! Funny and touching with a totally loveable cast of quirky characters that will capture your heart! Great show and such a worthwhile cause! Feel good and do good!

From the press:

Unusual for a work-in-progress, this production has been open to review by local critics to gather their valuable input during the development process.

“…a well-wrought piece being given a developmental workshop viewing by WAM Theatre under the excellent direction of Megan Sandberg-Zakian…a fine show, worth enjoying and laughing through, just like the finest situation comedy plays of the past…” – J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge

“…a valiantly acted and mounted developmental workshop presentation…” – Jeffrey Borak, The Berkshire Eagle

“Holy Laughter is a comedy…its characters broadly drawn and its laughs leading to a sentimental finale. It does, though, touch on more weighty issues of faith, commitment and, yes, community.” – Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate

“I was in the mood for some laughs, and the play provided them — along with some food for thought.” – Jennifer Browdy, The Berkshire Edge

Click here to read a thoughtful article written for the Berkshire EDGE by Jenny Browdy about the show and how WAM uses theatre as philanthropy.

Holy Laughter follows an Episcopal priest who finds that the reality of leading a church is radically and hilariously different than what she learned in seminary. As she wrestles with church finances, eccentric parishioners, changing sexual mores and her own doubting human heart, Abigail struggles to make peace with the realities of contemporary church life. Hymns, liturgical dance and a wicked tongue lift Catherine Trieschmann’s antic portrait of a small, struggling congregation to comic heights.

WAM did a reading of Catherine’s play How the World Began as part of the inaugural 2014 Fresh Takes series, and it was very well received. Earlier this year, WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven saw the first staged reading of Holy Laughter at the Denver Center New Play Summit, where it had been commissioned.  van Ginhoven knew the heartfelt story, witty humor and zany characters would be a terrific follow-up to last year’s gripping hit of In Darfur. WAM is thrilled that Catherine has granted us the rights to do the first developmental workshop production this fall.

WAM Theatre is also excited that Megan Sandberg-Zakian will direct this production. Ms. Sandberg-Zakian directed WAM’s sold out Fresh Takes reading of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England in 2014 and is a busy director working all over the States, often on new work. Her imaginative aesthetic and dedication to social justice are a perfect fit for WAM.

WAM is delighted to be part of the ongoing development of this play by presenting the first development workshop production from October 29-November 22, 2015.

In keeping with WAM Theatre’s double philanthropic mission, the beneficiary of this production will receive 25% of the box office proceeds. This year’s beneficiary, WAM’s eighth in total, is Hands in Outreach and Sisters for Peace and their girls education projects in Nepal. See our beneficiary tab below for more information.

In WAM’s first five years, over $15,500 has been donated to a mix of local and global organizations working to benefit women and girls.

Dana Harrison HeadshotDANA HARRISON* (Esther/Myra) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes reading: Measure for Measure, Change Makers Gala reading: In Darfur,  24hr Theatre Festivals.  Elsewhere: Shakespeare & Company: Private Lives, The Liar, Les Faux Pas, The Learned Ladies, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, The Real Inspector Hound, War of the Worlds, White People, Othello, Scapin, The Canterville Ghost, Island of Slaves, Old Times.  Mixed Company: Table Manners, Taking Steps.  Boston, London and The Edinburg Fringe: Macbeth, The Tempest, King Lear, Sin, Lolita, Agamemnon, The Dining Room, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Training: Emerson College (MA, Theatre Education). Kenyon College (BA, Drama). Shakespeare & Co. (month-long, text, clown, fight).  Sfumato Theatre Lab of Bulgaria (Chekov intensive).  Awards: Three-time Berkshire Eagle Noteworthy Performance; Joanne Woodward Acting Trophy, Kenyon College.

Ron Komora HeadshotRON KOMORA* (Lloyd/Victor) WAM Theatre: Debut. Previous credits: The Poet in An Iliad (Capital Rep), Mayor Meekly in Unnecessary Farce (Chenango River Theatre), fifteen seasons with New York State Theatre Institute in roles ranging from Dickinson in 1776 to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Film: Sheriff Andy Godbout in Deep in the Darkness for the Chiller Network, Charlie in Tom’s Dilemma for Gluckstern Films, and Harold Gilman in The Thing on the Doorstep for Hansome Spyder Productions. Online: Visit his page on the International Movie Database (IMDB). Awards: 2004 Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. Et cetera: Proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Amie Lytle HeadshotAMIE LYTLE (Abigail) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Around the World in 80 Days, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Daisy Crockett (W.H.A.T.), The Voices of We (333 Productions), Uncle Vanya, CHURCH (Harbor Stage Company), Not Jenny (Bridge Rep of Boston), Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Now!), Much Ado About Nothing (Boston Theater Company), In the Wake of the Graybow Riots (Sleeping Weazel), Brilliant Traces (Dance New Amsterdam), Free Will and Wanton Lust-workshop (Atlantic Theater Company). Training: MFA Acting-The Actors Studio, BA Theater-Muhlenberg College, Shakespeare & Company, LAMDA. Online: www.amielytle.com Et cetera: Amie is thrilled to be working at WAM!

Kimberlee_Monroe_HeadshotKIMBERLEE MONROE* (Martine/Vivienne) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Billy Holiday Theatre, NY: Maid’s Door (Dr.Patel/Orderly). The Actors Temple/ A Layon Gray (Off-Broadway), NY: Girls of Summer (Coach). Classical Theatre of Harlem (Off-Broadway), NY: Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (Scavenger Lady). H.A.D.L.E.Y Players, NY: Ayre (Sohna/Leonora/Annie), Nobody Knew Where They Was (Black Ruth). Maison des Arts de Creteil; Paris, France: Melvin Van Peebles: Sweetback the Opera (Madam/Foster Woman). Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Acting Coach Ward Nixon. Awards: Audelco Award: Best Ensemble Nomination, Audelco Award: Best Actress, Audelco Award: Best Solo Performance, Planet Connection Festival: Supporting Actress Nomination.

BenjaminZoey101BENJAMIN ZOËY (Noah/Sam) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Romeo & Juliet (Arts After Hours). Training: MFA in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, BA at McGill University. Online: Pictorial musings on Instagram @ben.zoey Et cetera: Delighted to be working with WAM for the first time! Sending love to my MFA ’15 crew and, as always, my mother.

 

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Megan Zakian Sandberg HeadshotMEGAN SANDBERG-ZAKIAN (Director) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes reading series 2014. Elsewhere: Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a theater-maker based in Somerville, MA. Favorite recent projects include: Measure for Measure (Actors Shakespeare Project), a site-specific staged reading of Our Town at Cambridge’s Mt. Auburn Cemetery (Underground Railway Theater), the Boston premiere of Tarell McCraney’s The Brother Sister Plays at Company One (IRNE Award: Best Production; IRNE nominee: Best Director; Elliot Norton Nominee: Outstanding Production), and the Northeast premiere of Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs (Elliot Norton Nominee: Best New Play; IRNE Nominee: Best Ensemble, Best Actress). Megan has previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA), the Providence Black Repertory Company (RI), and The 52nd Street Project (NYC). Training and Awards: She is a recipient of the TCG Future Leaders grant, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Online: www.megansz.com

Catherine TrieschmanCATHERINE TRIESCHMANN (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Plays: crooked, How the World Began, Hot Georgia Sunday, The Most Deserving, OZ 2.5. Film: Angel’s Crest, Magnolia Pictures. Other: Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, the Bush Theatre (London), Out of Joint at the Arcola Theatre (London), South Coast Repertory, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, American Theater Company, Florida Stage, Actors Theater of Louisville, the New Theater (Sydney) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, among others. She has received commissions from South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the DCPA Theatre Company. Awards: L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Edgerton New Play Award, Otis Guernsey New Voices Award from the William Inge Theater Festival. Online: Columnist on parenting and playwriting at http://howlround.com/authors/catherine-trieschmann. Et Cetera: Originally from Athens, GA, Ms. Trieschmann now resides in a small town in Western Kansas.

BRAD BERRIDGE (Sound Designer) WAM Theatre: WAM Resident Artist. With WAM, In Darfur, Emilie, The Old Mezzo (world premiere) and others. Off-Broadway: Loot, 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti (premiere), Cactus Flower, Himself and Nora (premiere), Nightmare Alley. Regionally: over a dozen shows at Barrington Stage Company including The Best of Enemies (premiere), The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird; Capital Repertory Theatre highlights: A Christmas Carol, The Secret Garden, Other Desert Cites. Other regionals: Utah Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, Gulfshore Playhouse, Hope Summer Repertory. Online: www.bradberridge.com Et cetera: Brad is the Creative Director for the sound art collective Push The Button. Love to his wife, Ashley Berridge (WAM board President) and their children Emma and Charlie.

LAUREN GASTON (Costume Designer) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: The Merry Widow (Festival of International Opera of the Americas, Brazil); La Traviata (Associate Designer, La Musica Lirica, Italy); The Monkey King and the Skeleton Demons (Assistant Designer, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts); The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (The Attic Theatre Co., NYC); Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Loft Opera, NYC); May 39th, Mechanics of Love, I’ll Never Love Again! (Associate Designer, The Drama League, NYC); Madama Butterfly; Susannah (Ash Lawn Opera, Virginia). Training: BA in Theatre from Wake Forest University; MFA in Costume Design and Technology from UMKC. Online: Laurengaston.com

JULIANA von HAUBRICH (Scenic Designer) ​WAM Theatre: Melancholy Play (2010​​), The Attic, the Pearls, and 3 Fine Girls (2011), The Old Mezzo (2012), Emilie (2013), and In Darfur (2014). NYC:  Taming of the Shrew & Puddin’head Wilson (2001, Acting Company)​, Richard III & La Cenerentola (2000-02, The Juilliard School), and A Place Like This & A Word to No One (2001-03, The Present Company). L.A.: Ghosts in the Cottonwood & Uncle Vanya (2000-02, Echo Theatre). Film/TV:  ​Babylon 5 (1998, TNT), Star Trek Next Generation (1994-6, Paramount)​, David Prosker (2000, Larry Eisenberg, dir.) Training:​  MFA Scenic Design, CalArts. Awards:Best of L.A. Scenic Design (2000). Online:julianadesignsvonhaubrich.com

DAVID ROY (Lighting Designer) WAM Theatre: David is excited to be making his Debut at WAM Theatre. Elsewhere: Nostradamus Predicts the Death of Soho [Ohio Theater]; Van Cougar’s Gonna See a Movie Called Gunga Din [Bushwick Starr], Tube [Incubator Arts]; Map of Virtue, King John, Othello, Pericles [New School]; Homo the Musical [Wild Project].  Regional: Providence Black Rep, Gamm, Central Square, Company 1, Ford’s.  David has also designed sound for Betrayed [LA Theater Works, Williams, Kennedy Center; SD]; Circle Mirror Transformation [Playwrights Horizons;ASD]; The Ring Cycle [Incubator Arts-SD]; Nightmare:NYC [SD]; and Dai (enough) [SD-Lortel Nomination]. David is Head of Design with IMCD Lighting and a member of United Scenic Artists.

ROBIN KIBLER (Music Director) WAM Theatre: Debut. Music credits: Robin is Director of Music for New Hope United Methodist Church (Williamstown and North Adams, Mass.) where she leads the choir and provides music for worship services. She is a frequent collaborator in vocal recitals at Williams College, where she is also the Head of Collection Management for the Williams College Libraries.  For over ten years, Robin enjoyed playing the historic Johnson tracker organ at the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown. Training: She studied piano and organ at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

PAUL RICCIARDI (Dialect Coach) WAM Theatre:  Debut.  Vocal coaching credits:  A Time Traveller’s Trip to Niagara, America-in-Play, NYC; Or, Tomorrow in the Battle, Play by Play, Stageworks/Hudson; numerous college productions.  Recent acting: the Ten Minute Play Festival with The Playhouse Creatures, NYC and the premiere of his solo show Angry and Other Stories at Dixon Place, NYC.  Training: Designated Linklater Voice Teacher.  MFA Trinity Rep.  Awards: Paul is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Award and he is on the theatre faculty at CUNY/Kingsborough. Online: www.paulricciardi.net Et cetera: In September Paul will be opening a voice studio at the Ancram Opera House in the Hudson Valley of New York.

HIO Logos-3Hands In Outreach, run by Ricky Bernstein of the Berkshires, is a small educational sponsorship program for poor, inner-city girls in Nepal. As part of Hands in Outreach’s work after the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal earlier this year, they provided a direct check to the 125 families they support for $50 each, which had an enormous impact on their ability to eat and rebuild.. WAM Theatre’s donation to Hands in Outreach will allow them to make another direct deposit to their 125 families of at least $20, which can buy food for a family of four for a month.

Sisters LogoSisters for Peace, founded by Berkshire resident Caroline Wheeler, is a grassroots, non profit organization empowering women and girls, locally and around the world who are living in impoverished conditions. Sisters for Peace currently sponsors four Hands in Outreach girls to attend school and through WAM’s donation, in 2016, they will be able to sponsor five girls to stay in school for the entire year.

Talkbacks:

Audiences will have four opportunities to engage with the creative team behind “Holy Laughter”.  Each talkback will feature a discussion about the creative process as well as a question and answer session.

  • Saturday, October 31st after the 7:30pm performance, with the playwright Catherine Trieschmann
  • Saturday, November 7th after the 2pm matinee, with the cast
  • Saturday, November 14th after the 2pm matinee, with members of the design team
  • Sunday, November 22nd, after the 2pm matinee, a post-show discussion with this year’s beneficiaries, Hands in Outreach and Sisters For Peace about their work and the impact of WAM’s donation, followed by the check presentation.

Lobby Display:

This year’s lobby display will showcase the two organizations who are this year’s WAM beneficiaries, Hands in Outreach and Sisters for Peace. Before seeing the show, audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy the display and learn more about how they are helping the families and girls in Nepal by seeing “Holy Laughter”., They will see how their ticket purchase is aiding in providing a direct deposit to 125 Hands in Outreach families of at least $20 and how that can feed a family of four for a month and help them rebuild following the catastrophic earthquake earlier this year. Audiences will also learn about the five Sisters for Peace girls who will be attending school in 2016 in Nepal for the entire year thanks to WAM’s donation from “Holy Laughter”. The lobby display will include images of these families and girls and information about their lives in Nepal.

Writing Workshop:

Make ’em Laugh: Writing Comedy for the Stage

Saturday, October 31 3:30-5:30p at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Limited to 10 people.

Join Catherine Trieschmann, the author of WAM’s “Holy Laughter”, for a writing workshop exploring the comic form. You will read and analyze comic scenes from different plays, as well as participate in writing exercises designed to release your inner clown.

Two ticket options:

  • $50 includes the workshop and the preview of “Holy Laughter” following the workshop at 7:30pm. (Dinner is not included)
  • $35 for the two hour workshop.

Click here to purchase your tickets for the writing workshop.