Curated by WAM Theatre's Artistic Associate Molly Clancy, Fresh Takes will give 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 established and emerging actors and directors, the series will explore 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.|
The readings will take place at No Six Depot at 3:00 p.m.
Location: No Six Depot Roastery and Cafe
6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA
April 17, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. - The Last Wife by Kate Hennig directed by Molly Clancy
May 15, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. - Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler directed by Kelly Galvin
June 19, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. - The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter directed by Estefania Fadul
August 21, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. - Samsara by Lauren Yee directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
September 11, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. - Grand Concourse by Heidi Shreck directed by Sheila
Details about the readings, including cast and crew, available at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes-2016/
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.**
Fresh Takes/Your Take:
Contemporary Female Playwrights Telling Womens Stories
This year, in response to our audiences request for deeper discussion around the womens issues raised in each play, WAM Theatre is partnering with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) to present a companion class called Fresh Takes/Your Take.
Starting with the May reading of Photograph 51, a companion class will be offered on the Monday evening following the Sunday readings at the OLLI campus at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. This class will be led by WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and will provide a more in-depth look at the central issues infused in each play. During the companion class, van Ginhoven will share the underpinning of the piece and its author, setting the scene for discussion of your questions, reactions, and experiences as they were evoked by the Sunday reading.
The readings are at 3 pm on Sundays at the No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge and the paired class will run on Monday evening from 7:00-8:30 pm at the OLLI campus at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield.
The readings and classes will take place on the following dates May 15/16, June 19/20, August 21/22 and September 11/12.
$139 for all 4 readings/companion classes
$40 for one reading/companion class
Details about 'Fresh Takes/Your Take' at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takesyour-take-olli-classes/
The Last Wife
by Kate Hennig
directed by Molly Clancy
April 17, 2016
Kate is smart, poised, and passionate, a rising star in a world of intense competition, but her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and deceit, her devotion to the education of his daughters is putting strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII; WAM Theatre invites audiences to a powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and womens rights. The play had its world premiere in 2015, with a sold out extended run at the Stratford Festival in Canada.
by Anna Ziegler
directed by Kelly Galvin
May 15, 2016
An intriguing portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and heroften overlookedrole in the discovery of DNAs double helix structure. This complex tale explores how Rosalind, an intelligent, stubborn and courageous woman, navigated a world dominated by men. This critically acclaimed play ran on Londons West End in 2015, featuring Nicole Kidman. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a touching play that dramatizes the fight for education, equality and access for women.
The Oregon Trail
by Bekah Brunstetter
directed by Estefania Fadul
June 19, 2016
A tale of two young women, both named Jane. One is an awkward middle schooler with body odor and epic skills for The Oregon Trail computer game. The other Jane is the woman in the game, living through the hardships of trail life with her family. Looking at the impact of memory and the legacy of sadness across generations, the play weaves parallel stories of survival, and asks the age-old question do you want to ford the river? WAM is proud to present Brunstetters funny, imaginative and poignant play, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Womens Voices Theatre Festival in Washington D.C.
by Lauren Yee
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
August 21, 2016
Katie and Craig are having a baby, with a surrogate who lives in India. A month before the babys due date, Craig travels to the subcontinent, where he meets Suraiya, their young, less-than-thrilled surrogate. As all three parents anxiously wait for the baby to be born, flights of fancy attack them from all sides, in the form of an unctuous Frenchman and a smart-mouthed fetus. WAM Theatre is proud to share this vibrant and whimsical take on modern day colonialism.
by Heidi Shreck
directed by Sheila Siragusa
September 11, 2016
Called to a life of service, Shelley is the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen, but lately her hearts not in it. Enter Emma: an idealistic but confused young volunteer, whose recklessness pushes Shelley to the breaking point. With keen humor and startling compassion, Schrecks play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of happiness. WAM Theatre is pleased to share a play which was a nominee for the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award and a finalist for the 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
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No. Six Depot Gallery at 6 Depot Street
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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