Playwright – Jacqueline E. Lawton

Sunday, June 14 at 3pm

No. Six Depot Roastery and Café
6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge, MA


Noms de Guerre by Jacqueline E. Lawton

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.

Stage Manager:  Jessica Sovronsky*

Christina Gordon HeadshotCHRISTINA GORDON* (Mira) WAM Theatre: In Darfur Elsewhere: Good People (The Public Theatre & Shadowland Theatre), Company Member with The Pushcart Players, performing: Little Red Ridding Hood & Other Stories and Stone Soup & Other Stories; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Reasons to be Pretty TV: HAPPYish, Person of Interest, Guiding Light Film: I Hate Being Black, Damsel Training: M.F.A. in Acting, Rutgers University Online: Et cetera: Co-wrote and co-produced award wining short-film, I Hate Being Black, with co-star Kevin Craig West.Big THANK YOU to family and friends for the support, and to God for everything else!

Concetta Russo HeadshotCONCETTA RUSSO (Hasina) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Concetta is a actor and teaching artist at Shakespeare & Company. Most recently she took part in the 2015 Northeast Tour of Hamlet (Gertrude/Gravedigger.) She has also toured Italy with Theatrino, a children’s English-immersion theatre troupe. Concetta has worked as a costume designer in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare and continues to work as an education artist with the Riotous Youth Summer Program. Training:  University of Massachusetts Amherst (BA Theatre), Shakespeare & Co. Summer Training Intensive. Et cetera: Concetta is thrilled to be a part of the Fresh Takes Reading Series!

ECT HeadshotERICA TRYON* (Jude) WAM Theatre:  Everywoman, Like/Unlike. Regional Theatre:  To Kill a Mockingbird, Petticoats of Steel, and Friend of a Friend at Capital Repertory Theatre; extensive experimental theatre credits in Chicago, IL. Training:  MA from Brown University, studied Shakespeare in London, and performance in Buenos Aires and the Ivory Coast. Et cetera: Director of Theatre at Emma Willard School. Mother of two little ones. Proud member of AEA.

James_ Beau_ Gaudreau HeadshotJAMES GAUDREAU (Cooper) WAM Theatre: Debut. Regional: Confetti Stage’s A Street Car Named Desire. Film: James’s on camera works includes: Mo Betta Films Bumpin Uglies, Chernin Entert/TCF’s Call Me Artie, Tyler Perry Productions The Marriage Counselor, Nu Image Productions No Return, Wood Film Fesitval’s Coin Flip Road Trip. Television: Credits include BET’s The Game and Scott Free Production’s Coma.

Kevin Craig West headshot nov 2014KEVIN CRAIG WEST* (Douglas)  WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Regionally he has been seen in Capital Rep’s Metamorphoses, Race and To Kill A Mockingbird. Cousin Bette at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Of Mice And Men with New York State Theatre Institute. Film: Kevin’s on camera works include the title character in the Twilight Saga mini movie, The Groundskeeper, scenes with Eva Mendez in A Place Beyond the Pines, as well as a host of roles that he created from his own award winning films including,I Hate Being Black and Distractions. Training: Kevin’s training began with SCCC and NYSTI then continued with The Workshops and The Barrow Group School. Online: Visit Kevin on popular social media @KevinCraigWest.

Shanae-Burch-Headshot1-300x200SHANAE BURCH (Leeda) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes Reading of Waxworks Boston: The Clytemnestriad by A. Nora Long (Fresh Ink), The Real Thing, Top Girls (Bad Habit Productions), The Da Vinci Commission by MJ Halberstadt; She is a company member of Paradise Lost: A Movement Collective, True to Life Training, and The Bok Players. Training: Emerson College (BFA Acting) Et cetera: Shanae is the Social Media Manager for WAM and will be pursuing her M.Ed at Harvard Graduate School of Education this year. She’s grateful to God that she has these experiences to fuse her passion for people, performance, and health education every day.

JESSICA SOVRONSKY* (Stage Manager) WAM Theatre: Silence (staged reading), Waxworks (staged reading). Elsewhere: Off-Broadway: The Little Price (The Pearl Theatre); Regional: Les Faux Pas, Servant of Two Masters, Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare & Company); Can You Hear Me Baby? (staged reading; Berkshire Theatre Group); International: Hamlet with Hyperion Theatre Company (Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, Italy). Online: Et Cetera: Jessica has been a Theatre Director, Technical Director, Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer, and Props Artist for schools across NY for 10 years. Currently Props Master for Williams College, and Adjunct Professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  Training: MS in Educational Theatre from CUNY City College.


*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

JAYNE ATKINSON (Director) WAM Theatre: WAM advisory board member and host of the WAM Theatre 2013 Benefit Claiming Her Place. Elsewhere: Berkshire favorite Jayne Atkinson is an English-born film, theatre and television actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles on House of Cards, Criminal Minds and 24 as well as her Tony Award-nominated roles in The Rainmaker and Enchanted April. Website:


Jacqueline Lawton Headshot 3JACQUELINE E. LAWTON (Playwright) WAM Theatre Debut. Plays: Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: the African Roscius; Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention; Love Brothers Serenade; Mad Breed; Noms de Guerre; and Our Man Beverly Snow. Venues: Active Cultures Theatre, Classical Theater of Harlem, Folger Shakespeare Library, theHegira, Howard University, Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, Rorschach Theater Company, Round House Theatre – Silver Spring, Savannah Black Heritage Festival (Armstrong Atlantic State University), Shakespeare Theatre Company, Source Festival, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company.  Awards: Jacqueline was named one of the top 30 national leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including two Young Artist Program Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for Playwriting. Training: She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She participated in the Kennedy Center’s Playwrights’ Intensive (2002) and World Interplay (2003).  Et Cetera: She is a 2012 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Young Leaders of Color award recipient and a National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright alumna. Currently, she serves as Dramaturg at PlayMakers Repertory. She serves on the Advisory Board of African Continuum Theatre Company and as the Diversity and Inclusion Online Conference Curator for TCG. She is a proud member of Arena Stage’s Playwright’s Arena and the Dramatist Guild of America.