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WAM Theatre's Fresh Takes 2016
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 3p.m. Location: No Six Depot Roastery and Cafe 6 Depot Street West Stockbridge, MA 01266 Dates: April 17, 2016 @ 3p.m. - The Last Wife by Kate Hennig directed by Molly Clancy May 15, 2016 @ 3p.m. - Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler directed by Kelly Galvin June 19, 2016 @ 3p.m. - The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter directed by Estefania Fadul August 21, 2016 @ 3p.m. - Samsara by Lauren Yee directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian September 11, 2016 @ 3p.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 3p.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. Photograph 51 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. Samsara 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. Grand Concourse 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.

When: May 16, 2016 7pm to Sep 12, 2016 8:30PMin West Stockbridge, MA
Cost: 18 - 139 USD

WAM Theatre's Fresh Takes 2016

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 3p.m. Location: No Six Depot 6 Depot Street West Stockbridge, MA 01266 Dates: April 17, 2016 @ 3p.m. - The Last Wife by Kate Hennig directed by Molly Clancy May 15, 2016 @ 3p.m. - Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler directed by Kelly Galvin June 19, 2016 @ 3p.m. - The Oregon Trail by Bekah Brunstetter directed by Estefania Fadul August 21, 2016 @ 3p.m. - Samsara by Lauren Yee directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian September 11, 2016 @ 3p.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 3p.m. **Please arrive at 2:30 if you plan to buy refreshments from No Six Depot's delicious cafe and roastery.** 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. Photograph 51 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. Samsara 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. Grand Concourse 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.

When: Sep 11, 2016 3pm to Sep 11, 2016 5pm in West Stockbridge, MA
Cost: 18 - 20 USD

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About West Stockbridge, MA
The Town of West Stockbridge was founded in 1775 and is located in Berkshire County.

The town contains a year round population of about 2000 people.

The main stream of the town is the Williams River which is said to be a very beautiful part of the community.