Playwright – Alyson Mead

Sunday, March 12 at 3:30pm

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


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The Flora and Fauna by Alyson Mead

A secret is revealed, a friendship is forged, and nearly 30 years later two women try to cope with the unspeakable. Are they putting themselves in harm’s way? Can they help each other heal? Does it still matter? Written by Alyson Mead, The Flora and Fauna, inspired by the infamous letter read out-loud during the Stanford rape case, is the story of female friendship, vulnerability and intimacy.

The play is the winner of Arizona based The Bridge Initiative Project’s New Work Contest, of which this reading with WAM Theatre was part of the prize. WAM Theatre invites audiences to a powerful examination of friendship, community, and the aftermath of trauma.

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Stage Manager:  Shannon McManus

 ALYSON MEAD (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Her award-winning plays have been staged at Off-Off Broadway and regional theaters around the country and in London, including La MaMa, St. Mark’s Church, 8BC, Pasadena Playhouse, Venus Theatre, Women Playwrights Conference, Limelight, the Other Space Theater, the Hudson, Atwater Village Theater and Sacred Fools, among others. Training: Mead studied at Yale University, the Slade School of Art in London, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and with iO West, UCB and Tectonic Theatre Project. Et cetera: She’s published by Original Works Publishing, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwriting Unit and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Website:

MOLLY CLANCY (Director) WAM Theatre: Artistic Associate, Fresh Takes Play Reading Series Curator & Producer, Director for The Last Wife, Water by the Spoonful, Assistant Director for In DarfurHow The World Began and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New EnglandRegional Theatre: Molly currently works at Shakespeare & Company as the Publicity Director and previously worked at Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL) and Home Made Theatre (Saratoga Springs, NY).  Additional Directing: SDC Foundation Observership Class 2015 – 2016, Charlotte’s Web and The Wizard of Oz (Forest Lake Theatre) and The Rwandans’ Visit (Lougheed Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam). Additional Assistant Directing: Taibi Magar’s Comedy of Errors and Alice Reagan’s Or; (Shakespeare & Company). Training: SUNY Potsdam (BA in Theatre and English). Twitter: @MollyClancyy

MACONNIA CHESSER* (Adele) WAM Theatre: Grand Concourse (Fresh Takes: Play Reading Series), The Revolutionists (reading/co-production with Chester Theatre). Elsewhere:  Shakespeare & Company (company member), Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Totem Pole Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, York Shakespeare, NJ Repertory (company member), Theater Alliance, African Continuum Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre. Film & TV: The Wire, Nothing But the Truthcigarettes for breakfast, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, DiseaselsTraining: Shakespeare & Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Alcorn State University. Awards: Helen Hayes nomination – Outstanding Ensemble (Insurrection)Upcoming:  Mrs. Dickson in Intimate Apparel with Shakespeare & Company. 

LORI EVANS (Ginnie) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: A member of Shakespeare & Company since 2012, Emperor of the Moon (Doctor), Private Eyes (Frank) where she also teaches and tours in the nationally acclaimed education program directing in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare (2013-2016), Riotous Youth, and in numerous residencies. Regionally: Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears (Book-It Repertory); Iris (Majestic Theater); Pericles and Julius Caesar (Engaged Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Hubbard Hall); Wonderland (Theater Simple); Into the Woods (Mount Baker Theatre); Red Hot Patriot (reading Aglet Theatre Company). Film/TV: Commercials/Direct Response Spots Northwest local. Et cetera: In grateful appreciation of WAM’s creative vision.

SHANNON McMANUS (Stage Manager) WAM Theatre: Stage Manager for Everywoman, 24 Hour Theatre Project. Elsewhere: (Stage Manager for Twelfth Night and Emperor of the Moon (Shakespeare & Co.). Training: SUNY Albany, BA-Theatre Studies. Et cetera: Excited to work with such an amazing company again!