Playwright – Moira Buffini
Sunday, April 19 at 3pm
No. Six Depot Roastery and Café
6 Depot Street, West Stockbridge, MA
Silence by Moira Buffini
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.
Stage Manager: Jessica Sovronsky*
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
GREG BOOVER (Ethelred) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Greg has worked as an actor & educational artist at Shakespeare & Company since 2012, most recently on the northeast tours of Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet. He has also worked regionally with Theater at Monmouth, Hampshire Shakespeare Company, and in NYC at Looking Glass Theatre. Training: University of MA Amherst (BA, theater), University of Kent, Canterbury. Et cetera: Greg is appreciative to be joining WAM Theatre for the Fresh Takes Reading Series!
DORIA BRAMANTE* (Ymma) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Ophelia in Hamlet at Milan’s Teatro Franco Parenti, 2 years touring the Adriatic Sea with tall-ship-theater-vagabonds of the Caravan Stage Company, Miranda The Tempest, Regan King Lear, Emily Webb Our Town. Film: The Celebrant, Damsel, Oblivion. Training: New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Awards: Spotlight Award, Best Actress in a Play, Lamplight Dialogues Spotlight Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Play, Time Stitches. Online: doriabramante.com and therefugeesofshangrila.com Et cetera: Produced and directed an award winning documentary on the Bhutanese Refugees, The Refugees of Shangri La, which has been featured on NPR and in Smithsonian Magazine.
CAROLINE CALKINS (Silence) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Caroline has worked at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA since 2010 as an actor and teacher. She has performed at schools across the Northeast and at the Mount as part of the Northeast Regional Tours of Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia/Starveling/Fairy), and Macbeth (Witch/Lady Macduff). As a teacher, she has directed in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare (2011-2014) and taught in numerous residencies and the Riotous Youth Summer Program. Training: BA, Brown University, National Theatre Institute.
RORY HAMMOND (Agnes) WAM Theatre: Debut. NYC Theatre: Pericles (SoHo Rep), Measure for Measure (Circle in the Square), Bachelorette by Lesley Headland (Circle in the Square), John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money (Cherry Lane Theatre), and The Scarlet Letter starring Marisa Tomei. Berkshire Theatre: Shakespeare & Company: Taming of the Shrew, King John, Richard III, Merry Wives of Windsor, Off the Map, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice, and Dibble Dance. The Wharton Salon at the Mount: Autres Temp, Xingu, and Summer. TV Credits: Dr. Pepper commercials circa 1998. Training: At Shakespeare & Company her entire life starting with Young Company and ending with a summer in the Summer Performing Institute (SPI). Graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York City. Et Cetera: Rory is a founding member of Animus Theatre Company in New York City. Visit the Animus website at www.animustheatre.org
MILES HARRISON (Roger) WAM Theater: Debut. Regional: Shakespeare and Company’s NE tour Hamlet (Laertes, Guildenstern, Marcellus), Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Island Shakespeare Festival (WA state) – Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Community: Riggs Theater 37’s A Winter’s Tale. Training: Shakespeare and Company’s Month Intensive 2014, Shakespeare and Company’s Conservatory 2014. Et Cetera: Miles is very grateful to work with WAM theater and Tod Randolph – works from both have inspired him.
JOSH AARON MCCABE* (Eadric) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes Readings: Waxworks, Blue Stockings. Elsewhere: A member of Shakespeare & Company since 2006, Josh can regularly be seen performing there. He performed Off-Broadway playing the role of Mike in the New York Times critically acclaimed Peep Show at Actor’s Playhouse. Other Regional Credits include: Madison Repertory Theatre, Forward Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theatreworks, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, PSNBC @ Here, Looking Glass Theatre, Third Eye Rep & The Director’s Company. Film/TV: He has appeared in national commercials, various daytime serials and Saturday Night Live. Et Cetera: Proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.
JESSICA SOVRONSKY* (Stage Manager) WAM Theatre: 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
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
TOD RANDOLPH (Director) WAM Theatre: Fresh Takes Reading Series 2014: Blue Stockings and Measure for Measure. Elsewhere: Began directing in 2009 with John Patrick Shanley’s The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, starring John Douglas Thompson, at Shakespeare & Company, where she has been an acting and teaching member since 1991, and where she also directed As You Like It and King John in the Conservatory Actor Training Program. As an actress she has also appeared with Palm Beach Dramaworks, Portland Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival/Unicorn Company, The Nora Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Trinity Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Stageworks/Hudson, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, The Wharton Salon, Mixed Company, and at Theatre Row Theatre in NYC. Et Cetera: She can be seen this spring in the film Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo. She is delighted to be part of the WAM Fresh Takes Series for the second year in a row.
MOIRA BUFFINI (Playwright) WAM Theatre debut. Plays: Welcome to Thebes; Gabriel; Dinner; Dying for It; Loveplay; Silence; and A Vampire Story. Film: Most recent credit was the screenplay adaptation of Tamara Drewe. Awards: She has been honored with the LWT, Whiting, and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize awards for her playwriting. Et Cetera: Ms. Buffini is a native of the U.K. and works as both a screenwriter and a playwright. She is currently writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio.