Available for Streaming April 25-May 2
LENOX, MA (April 5, 2021) — WAM Theatre is thrilled to announce the casting of actors Elle Borders and Brandon G. Green in their upcoming reading of the sensational new play THE LIGHT by Loy A. Webb, directed by Colette Robert, which will be available to stream from Sunday, April 25, to Sunday, May 2. Tickets are on sale now.
A surprise proposal gift puts the future of Genesis and Rashad’s relationship at risk when they are forced to confront a devastating secret from the past. THE LIGHT is a 70-minute, real-time rollercoaster ride of laughter, romance, and despair that uncovers how the power of radical love can be a healing beacon of light.
WAM’s reading of THE LIGHT features real-life couple Elle Borders and Brandon G. Green who will be portraying Genesis and Rashad right from their own living room. WAM is delighted to be working with these celebrated actors. Elle was last seen on stage in Lila Rose Kaplan’s We All Fall Down at the Huntington Theatre, and Brandon was last seen in Sweat by Lynn Nottage at the Huntington in a company that won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Ensemble. The couple have shared the stage several times in the past including in the Front Porch Arts Collective/ Underground Railway production of Black Odyssey, Boston and Company One/Arts Emerson’s productions of An Octoroon and We Are Proud to Present…
THE LIGHT was playwright Loy A. Webb’s first play. After its successful off-Broadway run, she reported that: “I had people telling me how much the show inspired them. I have college students asking me to send them monologues. I write to point toward hope. I want my work to be a neon sign in the darkness: This way out. This way to hope.”
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to direct a reading of Loy A. Webb’s incredible play,” added Director Colette Robert. “THE LIGHT is a powerful, provocative, and beautifully nuanced story about love and truth.”
Tickets for THE LIGHT are on sale now. Audiences can book a ticket to the virtual reading and view anytime during the week long run. WAM aims to make our virtual readings as accessible as possible, while maintaining our commitment to providing artists opportunities that are equitable. Therefore, we invite patrons to pick their own ticket price, ranging from $15-$50. For more information or to reserve your tickets today, visit WAM online at wamtheatre.com or call 413.274.8122.
For tickets and more information about the 2021 Season and WAM Theatre’s programs, events, and artists, please visit www.WAMTheatre.com.
An Online Fresh Takes Play Reading
by Loy A. Webb
Directed by Colette Robert
Elle Borders as Genesis
Brandon G. Green as Rashad
Available for streaming Sunday, April 25-Sunday, May 2, 2021
Tickets $15, $25, and $50
For more information about the 2021 Season and WAM Theatre’s programs, events, and artists, please visit www.WAMTheatre.com.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Colette Robert (she/her) is a director and playwright from Los Angeles and New York with a passion for stories about time, history, identity, joy, and hope. WAM Theatre: Debut Selected Theatre Credits Elsewhere: STEW (Page 73), Native Son (PlayMakers Rep), Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre), On the Exhale, Mary’s Wedding, The Mountaintop (Chester Theatre Company). Upcoming: Co-Artistic Director of the 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Creative inspiration: Strong Visuals, Heart, Sincerity. Membership/Affiliations: SDC, Ensemble Studio Theatre Artist Member, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum, Adjunct Lecturer at NYU. Community Engagement/Activist work: Frequent volunteer with The 52nd Street Project and Reading Partners. Selected training: MA, RADA/King’s College London. BA, Yale University. Awards/proudest achievements: As a playwright, her play The Harriet Holland Social Club presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel received a grant from New York City’s Women’s Film, TV, and Theatre Fund for a production in 2021 (co-produced by New Georges and The Movement Theatre Company). Connect: coletterobert.com
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Loy A. Webb (she/her) is a Chicago born playwright, tv writer and attorney. Her plays include The Light (MCC Theater 2018/2019, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play; The New Colony, 2017/2018, Joseph Jefferson Award), and His Shadow (16th Street Theater 2019/2020, Joseph Jefferson Award). She was an inaugural Tutterow Fellow at Chicago Dramatists. Loy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. TV writing credits include AMC’s NOS4A2 and BET’s Ms. Pat.
ABOUT THE CAST
Elle Borders (she/her) is a Boston based Actress and Playwright. Current Role With WAM Theatre: Genesis in The Light. Regional: Mr. Joy (Kitchen Theatre Company- Special Presentation); We All Fall Down (Huntington Theatre Company); Black Odyssey Boston (Front Porch Arts Collective/Underground Railway Theater- 2020 Elliot Norton Award Best Ensemble); The Wiz (Lyric Stage Company); An Octoroon, We Are Proud to Present… (Company One Theatre/ArtsEmerson); the world premiere of How Soft the Lining (Bad Habit Productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello (Actors’ Shakespeare Project). Written Works: Joy (Huntington Theatre Company). Readings/Workshops: Fresh Ink, Quicksilver Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company. Radio/Podcasts: “Circle Round Story Time”on WBUR. Education: BFA in drama from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Memberships/ Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA; AEA. Creative Inspiration: Elle enjoys working on pieces that blend art, activism and education. Her greatest joy in life is performing/creating with her husband Brandon G. Green. Final Word: “I may be little, but I shade the ground I walk on.”
Brandon G. Green (he/him) is a Boston-based artist and educator from Selma, AL. Current Role with WAM Theatre: Rashad (The Light). Selected Theatre Credits Elsewhere: Sweat (Huntington Theatre Company; Elliot Norton Award, Best Ensemble), Black Odyssey (Front Porch Arts Collective/ Underground Railway; Elliot Norton Award – Best Ensemble), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (Actors Shakespeare Project), The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage), Mr. Burns…A Post-Electric Play (Lyric Stage) An Octoroon (Company One/Arts Emerson; Elliot Norton Award – Best Actor), We Are Proud To Present…(Company One/Arts Emerson). Selected Training: Alabama State University (BA), Brandeis University (MFA) Membership/Affiliations: AEA Creative Inspiration: My great-grandmother, who performed educational skits during the Voting Rights Movement. I carry that marriage of the arts and activism in my bones.Proudest Moments: Telling stories of the diaspora with Elle. Add our families to the audience and I’m going to be overwhelmed 9 times out of 10. Final Word: “Hold a good thought.” – JLD
WAM Current Sponsors
WAM’s current sponsors include Adams Community Bank, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Blue Q, Blue Spark Financial, Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Canyon Ranch, Chez Nous, The Dylandale Foundation, Feigenbaum Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Haven Cafe and Bakery, Health Professional Coaching, Heller & Robbins, Interprint, Lake House Inn, Lee Bank, Only in my Dreams Events, Onyx Specialty Papers, Outpost Productions, Prix Fixe, RB Design Co., The Rookwood Inn, T Square Design Studio, Toole Insurance, and a. von schlegell & co.
WAM Theatre’s 2021 Season is also supported in part by grants from The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Mass Humanities. And also by grants from the Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, Dalton Cultural Council, Lee Cultural Council, Lenox Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, Sandisfield Cultural Council, and the West Stockbridge Cultural Council – local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
ABOUT WAM THEATRE
WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company based in Berkshire County, MA, that operates at the intersection of arts and activism. WAM creates theatre for gender equity and has a vision of theatre as philanthropy.
In fulfillment of its philanthropic mission, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from their Mainstage productions to carefully selected beneficiaries. Since WAM’s founding in 2010, they have donated more than $80,000 to 19 local and global organizations taking action for gender equity in areas such as girls education, teen pregnancy prevention, sexual trafficking awareness, midwife training, and more.
In addition to Mainstage productions and special events, WAM’s activities include innovative community engagement programs and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. To date, WAM has provided paid work to more than 500 theatre artists, the majority of whom are female-identifying.
As a civic organization that embraces intersectional feminism (feminism that acknowledges how multiple forms of discrimination overlap), WAM understands that to address one piece of systemic discrimination means we have to address them all. This is on-going personal and professional work at WAM for the staff and board, detailed in their recently released accountability plan.
WAM Theatre has been widely recognized for having a positive impact on cultural and community development in the region. WAM is the recipient of the Creative Economy Standout Berkshire Trendsetter Award and previously, was named Outstanding Philanthropy Corporation of the Year by the Western MA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM’s Producing Artistic Director, was honored by the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association (BTCA) with the prestigious Larry Murray Award, presented at the discretion of the BTCA Board to a person or theatre project that advances social, political, or community issues in Berkshire County.
For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com