WAM's Play Reading Series will give a stage to five new and reimagined works that tell women's stories. The series includes a post-reading discussion and will encourage feedback on which plays audience members would like to see WAM produce.|
The readings will take place at No Six Depot at 3:00 p.m.
Location: No Six Depot
6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA
April 13, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale
May 18, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
June 22, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann
August 17, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George
September 21, 2014 @ 3:00 p.m. - Waxworks by Trina Davies
Details about the readings, including cast and crew, available at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/
Ticket Price: $20 per reading
Each reading will begin at 3:00 p.m.
**Please arrive at 2:30 if you plan to buy refreshments from No Six Depot's delicious cafe and roastery.**
April 13, 2014
Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale
Directed by Kelly Galvin
Set in 1896 at Girton, the first college in Britain to admit women, Blue Stockings is a moving, comical, and eye-opening story about four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the backdrop of women's suffrage. This critically acclaimed play premiered at The Globe Theatre in London in 2013 and dramatizes the fight for education, equality, and access for women, issues that are prized by the WAM community.
May 18, 2014
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenna Ware
With his city in turmoil, the Duke of Vienna hands his power over to his deputy Angelo, who seeks to restore law and order. But when an aspiring nun, Isabella, comes to plead for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo gives in to his own unholy desires and exposes the political and moral corruption that pollutes the entire city. Shakespeare's story of a woman's struggle to preserve her identity in the face of exploitation and hypocrisy is given WAM's own unique telling with an all-female company of actors and a streamlined adaptation.
June 22, 2014
How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann
Directed by Tracy Liz Miller
In this provocative, intelligent, and deeply felt play, a Manhattan woman travels to a rural town in Kansas recently devastated by a tornado to take a teaching job in a makeshift high school. But when she makes an off-handed remark regarding the origins of life, she unleashes community outrage and the particular distress of a troubled teenage boy. WAM invites audiences to consider their own beliefs and preconceptions in this intimate and artful play, which earned critical acclaim Off-Broadway at The Women's Project.
August 17, 2014
Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George
Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Dean Wreen is not having a good week. Her college is in dire financial straits and a plan to close its all-but-forgotten natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves into the local community. At home, her ex-lover, Greer, is staying with hersending shock waves of a different sort through her relationship with her current girlfriend, Andromeda. Town-gown relations are in tatters! The local newspaper is erupting in protest! Even the historically inaccurate dioramas in the museum have started mouthing off! WAM presents Madeleine George's whimsical, funny, and poignant play, which was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
September 21, 2014
Waxworks by Trina Davies
Directed by Kristen van Ginhoven
With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud (Marie Grosholz) is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius' Wax Salon in the heart of Paris. There she is introduced to the most influential people in Paris. But as the revolution descends, Marie is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriended whose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as 'patriots' or 'enemies'. An exploration of the tales we're told and the heroes and villains we create, Waxworks tells the story of an extraordinary artist who developed the first world-wide entertainment brand. This WAM reading will be one of the first public readings of this not-yet published play.
No. Six Depot Gallery at 6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266