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

SMART PEOPLE

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.

Details coming soon

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