Playwright – Kate Hennig
The Last Wife by Kate Hennig
Kate is smart, poised, and passionate, a rising star in a world of intense competition, but her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and deceit, her devotion to the education of his daughters is putting strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII; WAM Theatre invites audiences to a powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and women’s rights.The play had its world premiere in 2015, with a sold out run at the Stratford Festival in Canada.
UPDATE March 2017: A full production of The Last Wife will close WAM’s 2017 Season. The Last Wife is the first Fresh Takes play reading to be chosen for a full production.
CAROLINE CALKINS (Mary) WAM Theatre: Silence (Fresh Takes 2015). Elsewhere: Shakespeare & Company: Henry V, Romeo and Juliet at the Mount, Private Eyes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Mount, Les Faux Pas, King Lear, The Venetian Twins. Caroline has worked as a teacher and performer in Shakespeare & Company’s Education Programs, including five years as a Fall Festival Director and the Northeast Regional Tours of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth. Training: Shakespeare & Company: Summer Young Company, STI and Month-Long Intensive, Brown University (BA Theater Arts), SITI Company, NTI.
TOM JAEGER* (Henry) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Tom has been working with Shakespeare & Company as an actor and educator for many years, in capacities such as Director for Shakespeare & Young Company Summer Conservatory and in the roles of Exeter, Fluellen and Chorus (Henry V), Duke Solinus (The Comedy of Errors), Mr. Throstle (Berkeley Square), Malvolio & Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Snug (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Hamlet (Hamlet), Hector, Ulysses, Patroclus (Troilus and Cressida), Gannett (Souls Belated), Peter (Romeo and Juliet), Snout and Tank the Dog (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Director for twenty one productions for the Spring and Fall Festivals of Shakespeare.
DAVID JOSEPH* (Thom) WAM Theatre: Debut. David is so happy to be a part of this great cast! Elsewhere: Most recent roles include, George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elyot in Private Lives, Dumain in Love Labours Lost, Dorante in The Liar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Clown 2 (12 Characters) in 39 Steps, Simon in The Real Inspector Hound, the World Premiere of Ballet Metropolis’ Dracula (Jonathan Harker) at the Colonial Theatre. Film credits: David is currently completing the filming of a feature film for Oasis Seven Pictures called Penny Land. Other credits include: Romeo in Romeo & Juliet for The Boston Symphony Orchestra, roles in Feature Films: Douglas Burgdorf’s Damsel, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Glowing Screens Magdalena’s Brain. Et cetera: David moved back from NYC some years ago where he was in many Off-Broadway shows, commercials and a national tour of Man of La Mancha. In 2008 and 2010, David sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park.
THEO MAURINO (Eddie) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Shakespeare & Company’s Riotous Youth, Berkshire Theatre Group’s Oliver, Austen Riggs Center’s Winters Tale Directed by Kevin Coleman and Montessori’s Henry V and Romeo and Juliet. Et cetera: Theo is 11 and goes to the Montessori School of the Berkshires. He loves parkour, robotics, math and ultimate frisbee.
GABRIELLE D. STRAIGHT (Bess) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Barrington Stage: Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray), Addaperle (The Wiz), Mama Ogre/Stick Pig/Duloc Performer (Shrek). Shakespeare & Co Fall Festival: King Claudius (Hamlet), Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night). Capital Rep: Esther Jane (Christmas Story), Berkshire Theatre Group: Pepper (Annie), Christmas Carol. Carnegie Hall: NY Pops Annual Gala. Others: Helen McCormick (Cripple of Inishmaan), Narrator (Joseph…Dreamcoat), Baker’s Wife (Into the Woods), Annie (Annie), Asaka (Once on This Island), Smitty (How To Succeed). Film/TV: Spiderman on Broadway back to school PSA, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Training: Shakespeare & Young Co., Camp Broadway, NYSTI, Diane Hardin, Ray Johnson. Awards: TANYS Award.
KRISTIN WOLD* (Kate) WAM Theatre: Debut. Elsewhere: Recent Shakespeare & Company roles include Shakespeare’s Will (Anne Hathaway), Julius Caesar (Portia/Calpurnia/Lucius), The Tempest (Ariel), King Lear (Regan), The Memory of Water (Teresa), Sea Marks (Timothea), Othello (Emilia) and Ice Glen (Sarah). Directing: At Connecticut Repertory Theatre – Sense and Sensibility, Punk Rock, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Thin Air: Tales of a Revolution, Judevine; at Mixed Company – Indian Blood. Choreographer/Creator: Thetis: Immortal Fire. Training: Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre, Florida State University and with Tadashi Suzuki in Japan. Online: www.kristinwold.com
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association
MOLLY CLANCY (Director) WAM Theatre: Artistic Associate, Fresh Takes Play Reading Series Curator & Producer, Director for Water by the Spoonful, Assistant Director for In Darfur, How The World Began and Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. Regional 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 (Shakespeare & Company) Training: SUNY Potsdam (BA in Theatre and English). Twitter: @MollyClancyy
KATE HENNIG (Playwright) WAM Theatre: Debut. Writing: Her writing includes poetry, stories, articles for industry publications, a dissertation, two blogs, and a research paper. As a playwright Kate has been a member of the Groundswell Playwrights’ Unit 2003 (More), Tarragon Playwrights’ Unit 2004 (More), and the Banff Playwrights’ Colony 2007 (More) and 2008 (Waterworks). Her play, The Eleventh David was produced in August 2006 as part of the SummerWorks Festival, to great critical and audience acclaim. Kate has written a monologue for movement and voice called The Penelope Principle. She has written two highly subscribed blogs documenting her acting experiences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with Billy Elliot: The Musical on Broadway. Her play Waterworks was given a reading at the Stratford Festival in 2012. Venues: The Banff Centre, Nightwood Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Blyth Festival, Grand Theatre, Shaw Festival, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Aquarius, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Volcano. Et Cetera: Kate’s writing has been funded by the Toronto Arts Council, and by the Ontario Arts Council through the Creators’ Reserve.