Playwright – Lauren Yee

Sunday, August 21 at 3pm

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

Tickets: $20

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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.

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Jonathan Albert HeadshotJONATHAN 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 (WAM Theatre's Emilie)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 HeadshotJEAN-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 HeadshotLIPICA 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 HeadshotIMRAN 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

Leigh Strimbeck 1LEIGH STRIMBECK (Director) WAM Theatre: Co-founder of WAM, created and directed in association with TIS the devised pieces MIRROR, MIRROR and  “I’m Not a Feminist, But….”, 24 Hour Theatre Projects . Elsewhere: The Artistic Director of the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS); artist in residence in the theater program at Russell Sage College; associate member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. At TIS she adapted, directed and toured The Trojan Women in 2013, directed On the Verge, Spring Awakening, Grounded and Wait Until Dark. Currently Leigh is writing a play in celebration of Russell Sage College’s centennial “Yours,” based on 100 years of the student newspaper. Regional directing: Fools Rush In, Voice of the Prairie, Sea Marks, The Nest, Daytrips, The Baltimore Waltz and Death of a Salesman for BTE; Children of a Lesser God, On the Verge, Tonight We Improvise, The Mystery of Irma Vep and Private Eyes for other regional theaters. Co-writer and director of Berwick, America! and This House Builded, both history plays commissioned by their communities. Acting: Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (twice), Grusha in Caucasian Chalk Circle, Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew; and Lady MacDuff in Saratoga Shakespeare Festival’s Macbeth. Last summer Leigh was seen at Shakespeare and Company understudying Tina Packer in the new play Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson – performing five times during the run.  Films: UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for Freedom and Little BiPeep, for which she won a best supporting actress award at Atlantic City Cinefest. To see Leigh’s acting reel go to: leighstrimbeck.com Et cetera: Leigh is also the lead communications coach for the New York State Defender’s Institute Basic Trial Skills Program.
LAUREN YEE (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Plays: Include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), Crevice (Impact Theatre), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), Hookman, In A Word, King Of The Yees, Samsara, And The Tiger Among Us. Venues: Her work has been developed at Lincoln Center/LCT3, the Goodman Theatre, The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Center Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Kitchen Dog, Magic Theatre, and others. Former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women’s Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence, and Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright. Awards: Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award. Her play The Hatmaker’s Wife was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for the John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright. Et Cetera: She is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab and a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. Lauren is under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, South Coast Rep, Mixed Blood, and Encore Theatre. Training: BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. Online: www.laurenyee.com