Tuesday, August 1, 2017 @ 5p

Location: The Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA

The auditorium is located in the Manton Research Center on Clark Art Institute campus. The Clark recommends patrons park in the Main Lot and walk down the path to the Manton building.

Tickets: FREE, reservations recommended

Fresh Takes Reading


by Lydia R. Diamond

Hosted by Williamstown Theatre Festival

It is the eve of Obama’s first election in 2008. Four of Harvard University’s brightest – a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist – are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia R. Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.

Curated by WAM Theatre’s Artistic Associate Molly Clancy, the Fresh Takes play reading series gives a stage to ground-breaking works – which have been successfully presented elsewhere but are new to our Berkshire audiences – that tell women’s stories. Featuring local professional actors and directors, the series explores the work of provocative contemporary voices. The series includes a post-reading discussion and will encourage feedback on which plays audience members would like to see WAM Theatre produce.

Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival said, “We are thrilled to host Kristen van Ginhoven and WAM for a reading at the Festival this summer.  We look forward to supporting her wonderful work to benefit women and girls.”

The 2017 Fresh Takes Reading Series is generously supported by No. Six Depot Roastery and Café and the Dramatists Guild Fund.

WILL ADAMS (Jackson Moore) Regional: Wesley, Curse of the Starving Class, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Wade, Blue Ridge, Williamstown Theatre Festival (World Premiere), Player/swing, Colossal, Dallas Theater Center. Upcoming in Fall 2017: Dez, Skelton Crew, Trinity Repertory; Stanley, Death of Salesman, Trinity Repertory Theatre. Brown/Trinity Rep: Malcolm X, Civil Sex; African Studies’ Rites and Reason Theatre: Mecca, Tripping Over Roots (World Premiere). Second-year student in the Brown/Trinity in Acting program. BA in Theatre University of North Texas.

CHRISTOPHER CASSARINO (Brian White) was born and raised in Milford, New Hampshire. He received a BA in legal studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After school he moved to Dallas, TX where he began his acting career before moving to New York City where he will be completing his MFA at NYU in the Tisch Graduate Acting Program this year. Thus far Christopher has primarily worked in independent film and television with a co-starring role on the series Army Wives and the recurring role of John Wilkes Booth on the PBS series Mercy Street. Currently Christopher is in the Non-Equity company here at WTF having just closed the Sam Shepard play Curse of the Starving Class in the role of Weston. Later this summer he can be seen in a new play by Abbie Rosebrock titled Blue Ridge.  Regional: All My Sons, Art and Science NYU Credits: The Seagull, Macbeth, Night of the Iguana, Over There, Tonight at 8:30.

LIN-ANN CHING (Dr. Ginny Yang) is a Los Angeles-area native and Boston-based actor and playwright. Boston-area credits include Mable in Fast Company (Lyric Stage Company of Boston), Wild Swans (American Repertory Theater), Happy Daughter (Boston Actors Theater), Motherlands (Theater Offensive), Stop Kiss (Erinys Productions), Escape from Happiness, and The Skin Of Our Teeth (Dramashop). Lin-Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Humanities/Theater Arts from MIT. Her plays, A Red Room on Beacon Street, Something to Drink and Paper Dragons have been staged by The Blank Theater Company in Los Angeles.

MARGARET ODETTE GOLD (Valerie Johnston) is a native New Yorker and newly minted MFA actor from NYU​ Tisch​, where some of her favorite roles included Mattie (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), Elmire (Tartuffe), Casca/Calpurnia (Julius Caesar), and Varya/​​Dunyasha (The Cherry Orchard). NY credits: Figaro (The Pearl), She Kills Monsters (World Premiere, The Flea/Vampire Cowboys), The Electric Lighthouse (The Flea), Out of Joint (The Lark), Butterfly, Butterfly, Kill Kill Kill! (NY Fringe). Regional: ​Skeleton Crew, ​A Raisin in the Sun, The House That Will Not Stand, Good People, The Bluest Eye. Film: Leslye Headland’s Sleeping with Other People. BA Brown University (Weston Acting Award), MFA NYU Grad Acting. www.margaretodette.com

kristenKRISTEN VAN GINHOVEN (Director) WAM Theatre: The Bakelite Masterpiece, In Darfur (New England Premiere), Emilie (New England Premiere), The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Melancholy Play Elsewhere: Waxworks (Williams College), The Whale (Adirondack Theatre Festival), 10 Minute Play Festival (Barrington Stage Company), Petticoats of Steel (Capital Repertory Theatre), Footloose (Cohoes Music Hall), Children’s Hour (Siena College), Vendetta Chrome (Emerson College). Selected assistant directing: The Physicists, 42nd Street (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada), Two Men of Florence (Huntington Theatre) Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular (Barrington Stage Company). Training: Dalhousie University (BA), Queen’s University (BEd), Emerson College (MA). Et cetera: Kristen is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and a theatre artist for the International Schools Theatre Association. She was a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a member of the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada. Kristen is the co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre. Website: www.WAMTheatre.com

LYDIA R. DIAMOND (Playwright) Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Mo’Olelo, MPAACT, New Vic, Playmakers Rep, Plowshares, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout. A recipient of many playwriting awards, Lydia was also an ’05/’06 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute non-resident Fellow, a 2007 TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence at Steppenwolf, an 06/07 Huntington Playwright Fellow, a 2012 Sundance Institute Playwright Lab Creative Advisor, is a Board Member at Chicago Dramatists, and a 2012/2013 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. Lydia is an NU graduate (’91), has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Pine Manor College and is 2013-14 Playwright in Residence at Arena Stage.