$25 Adults
$15 Students + Groups of Ten or More
$20 Adults/$12 Students + Groups (Price for Friday, October 12 Preview)

Berkshire Museum,
39 South Street,
Pittsfield, MA

Friday, October 12, 2012: 8pm Preview
Saturday, October 13, 2012: 8pm Opening Night
Sunday, October 14, 2012: 5pm*

Friday, October 19, 2012: 8pm
Saturday, October 20, 2012: 8pm
Sunday, October 21, 2012: 5pm*

Friday, October 26, 2012: 8pm
Saturday, October 27, 2012: 8pm
Sunday, October 28, 2012: 5pm

*Performance followed by a talkback

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The Old Mezzo

Thanks to all who came to ‘The Old Mezzo’, WAM Theatre was able to make a $2400 donation to Shout Out Loud Productions, the beneficiary of this production! That is WAM’s largest donation to date!

….a winner…don’t miss this special opportunity…” TheEdgeBoston

“…a superb cast equal of any we see at the four major theatres in the summer…” Berkshire On Stage

“….great theatre for a great cause….” DidyouWeekend

Lauren Zyviak, Monika Pizzechemi, Jeanet Ingalls from Shout Out Loud with Kristen van Ginhoven and Ashley Berridge from WAM Theatre (Photo by Enrico Spada)






The Cast and Crew of ‘The Old Mezzo’ presenting the check to Shout Out Loud Productions (Photo by Enrico Spada)

Click here or below for a 1 minute promo video for ‘The Old Mezzo’

Starring Elizabeth Donnelly, Rylan Morsbach, Erin Ouellette, Eileen Schuyler and Ryan Winkles.

From October 12-28, 2012,  WAM will present the World Premiere of The Old Mezzo by Berkshire based writer Susan Dworkin at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Ms. Dworkin is best known for her books The Viking in the Wheat Field and The Nazi Officer’s Wife as well as her play All Day Suckers. She was also a finalist for the Susan Blackburn Prize in 1980-1981 for her play Deli’s Fable. Ms. Dworkin was one of the original writers and editors at Ms. Magazine.

In The Old Mezzo, Alyssa, an internationally acclaimed opera star, is driven by the recent death of a famous conductor to teach a master class concerning the Politics of Singing. As the class unfolds a surprising connection to recent events is revealed and we see how Alyssa had to risk her fame and success to preserve the freedom that is so essential to the arts. In keeping with WAM’s mission, a portion of proceeds from this production will be donated to Shout Out Loud Productions: Taking Action to Address Sexual Trafficking.

“As a writer and as a human being, Susan Dworkin has always had the
ability to draw us into new dreams of justice, and to make them
irresistibly practical, humorous and human. She makes clear that
progress and pleasure go together.”
Gloria Steinem

The Old Mezzo will feature professional actors from Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts, the Capital Region of Upstate NY and beyond.

Eileen Schuyler of the Capital Region (NY) will play the title role of Alyssa, the old mezzo. Ms. Schuyler has worked with professional theatres across the Capital Region and beyond including Stageworks/Hudson and Capital Repertory Theatre, most recently in their critically acclaimed production of 33 Variations. Ryan Winkles of Berkshire County will play Joe, one of Alyssa’s students. Mr. Winkles is familiar to Berkshire audiences for his many notable and wide-ranging roles at Shakespeare & Company, most recently as Ferdinand in The Tempest. Rylan Morsbach will play Billy, another of Alyssa’s students. Mr. Morsbach is from the Pioneer Valley and wowed audiences in the summer of 2011 with his tour de force solo performance in Pauline Productions Scaramouche Jones. Alyssa’s other two master class students will be played by Erin Ouellette of the Capital Region, graduate of Shakespeare & Company’s Conservatory and recently seen at Hubbard Hall in Amadeus, and Elizabeth Donnelly, a Connecticut based actress with credits ranging from Hartford Stage in CT to Stoneham Theatre in MA. Both Erin and Elizabeth were part of WAM Theatre’s sold out 24hr Berkshire/Capital Region Theatre project held in April at Shakespeare & Company.

The production sponsor is Mission Bar & Tapas. Other sponsors include: Berkshire Museum, Adams Community Bank, Arizona Pizza, Berkshire Bank Foundation, Cohen Kinne Valicenti & Cook LLP, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Interprint and Pittsfield Coop Bank.

Other organizations helping to make this production possible include: Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Theatre Group, Greenbergs, Luminix Light, The Martha Boschen Porter Fund, Sonoco and Williams College.

More Press about the Production:

Click here for the Metroland Review

Click here for the preview article by Rural Intelligence

Click here for the preview article by Berkshire Eagle

Elizabeth Donnelly*- Sally/Pow
Erin Ouellette – Marcy/Marcelle
Rylan Morsbach – Billy/Captain Billy/Louie
Eileen Schuyler*- Alyssa
Ryan Winkles*- Joe/Johannes

*Member of Actors Equity Association

Director: Kristen van Ginhoven
Scenic Designer: Juliana von Haubrich
Costume Designer: Rita Watson
Lighting Designer: Meryl Joseph
Sound Designer: Brad Berridge
Choreographer: Rosie Spring
Stage Manager: Christopher Donovan
Associate Producer: Corissa Bryant
Graphic Designer: Enrico Spada