Samsara by Lauren Yee
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.Buy Tickets
JONATHAN ALBERT (Craig) WAM Theatre: Debut. Et cetera: Jonathan is an adjunct professor of acting and playwriting at Union College in Schenectady, NY. A lifetime member of the Actors Studio, he often returns to Manhattan for work but now lives in Saratoga Springs where he owns Putnam Den, a 500 person live music venue.
SUZANNE ANKRUM* (Katie) WAM Theatre: Emilie (Soubrette), Fresh Takes Series: Measure for Measure (Isabella), Blue Stockings (Tess). Elsewhere: The How and the Why (New Century), Gross Domestic Product (Hartbeat Ensemble), Tartuffe, Merry Wives of Windsor, Woyzeck, Fuddy Meers, A Christmas Carol (Clarence Brown Theatre); The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing (Henley Street Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Part 2 (Richmond Shakespeare). Film/TV: Orange is the New Black, Fever (ELO Films) Training: University of Tennessee-Knoxville (MFA), William and Mary (BA), Stella Adler Conservatory. Et cetera: Suzanne is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and an ensemble member of Bated Breath’s Theatre. She’s thrilled to be working once again with WAM Theatre! Online: www.suzanneankrum.com
JEAN-REMY MONNAY (Frenchman) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Grew up in Haiti and has been acting since he was about 8 years old in French and Creole. He moved to New York in the 80’s and continued performing in his native language with a Haitian troupe. In the Capital Region, he appeared in over 100 plays and directed a few including Eclipsed, Slow Dance On The Killing Ground, Fences, Wedding Band, I Just Stopped to See The Man, Camp Logan, and Meridian Mississippi and appeared in many of Joe Starzyk’s full and one–act plays. Film: Credits include – The Revolution, a 13 parts miniseries on the History Channel; Rachael’s Ward, 2007 Edwood Film Festival (awarded best short film). Et cetera: Remy is the Founder and President of Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, inc. (SRPT). SRPT is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to highlight and promote performances and theatrical pieces by Minority Artists in the NYS Capital Region. The mission of the troupe is to foster better cross-cultural understanding through the performing arts and to promote more diversity on the local stage.
LIPICA SHAH (Suraiya) WAM Theatre: Excited to make her debut! Select Stage: The Who and The What (Gulfshore Playhouse), Coping (NY Fringe Festival), Rachel: the Musical (The Wild Project – Outstanding Featured Performance, 2016 Fruitie Awards), Passing Strange and the Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy – title characters in The Chronicles of Kalki and Shiv (Mixed Blood Theatre), Bunty Berman Presents… (The New Group). Select Film: Admission, Arbitrage, Let’s Be Out The Sun Is Shining (Best Actress Nomination, 2012 NYIFF). Select Television: The Following, Limitless, Person of Interest, White Collar, Pokémon. Look for her in the new TV series Time After Time! Online: www.LipicaShah.com
IMRAN SHEIKH (Amit) WAM Theatre: Debut. Regional Theatre: Artists Rep (Portland, OR), San Jose Rep, Arizona Rep, Crowded Fire (San Francisco), Park Square (Minnesota), Geva (New York). Film/TV: Blue Bloods (CBS), Guy Code (MTV), R+J, Fragrance Thief, Circumference. Radio/Recordings: Radio Mara Mara (Fringe NYC). Online: Instagram & Twitter: @imransheikhinfo