Posts Tagged ‘WAM Theatre’

WAM Theatre Receives New Grants; Launches Fall Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
(l to r) David Adkins, Kristen van Ginhoven and Corinna May.

(l to r) David Adkins, Kristen van Ginhoven and Corinna May

The summer has been exciting for the team at WAM Theatre as the seven-year-old Berkshire-based theater company has received three substantial competitive grants, been honored by the National Philanthropy Day Committee, been nominated for a Berkshire Trendsetter Award and a Nonprofit Awareness Day Excellence Award – and WAM’s Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven was recently invited to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco.

“Excellence comes in all shapes and sizes. This is what I was told when I received the call informing me that WAM Theatre was awarded the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award from the National Philanthropy Day Committee. What a wonderful acknowledgement of our work!” exclaimed van Ginhoven. “WAM has been the lucky recipient of an incredible number of awards and accolades this year. We feel lucky that our double philanthropic mission has received such esteemed recognition. As a young, fast growing company, we are incredibly grateful for these votes of confidence in our work and look forward to our continued impact into the future.”

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50 Theater Artists + 24 Hours = Five New Plays @ UAlbany PAC [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone, and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

Theatre Project in 2012: Alexia Trainor, Tony Pallone and Erin Ouellette. Photo by Enrico Spada

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is hosting the 24 Hour Theatre Project at 7:30pm on Saturday (April 2). Presented in collaboration with WAM Theatre and in conjunction with the NYS Writers Institute, the event boasts the best in theater talent from across Greater Nippertown. Given just 24 hours to write, rehearse and perform five new plays, the project combines the spontaneous creativity of improvisational theatre with the rigorous professionalism and production value of scripted theater.

After a two-year hiatus, this fast-paced, adrenaline-packed event is back. Sponsored for three years by WAM Theatre and MopCo, the event has taken place previously at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy (2011), Shakespeare and Company’s Bernstein Theatre in Lenox (2012) and the John Sayles School of Fine Arts in Schenectady (2013). The UAlbany Performing Arts Center is this year’s host and will welcome all 50 participants on Friday (April 1) to kick off the event. Playwrights will spend the overnight hours creating new work which will be delivered to directors, actors and designers at 8am on Saturday morning leaving them less than 12 hours to rehearse before the 7:30pm curtain.

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“The Tall Girls” Introduces Women’s Sports to WAM’s Fresh Takes Series on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

tallgirls

By Larry Murray

WAM Theatre is pleased to announce details for their reading of The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, the next event in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The first Fresh Takes reading of 2015 sold out last month, as did all five of the readings in 2014 inaugural season, proving Berkshire audiences embrace contemporary plays written by women and focusing on the unique stories of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (May 17) at 3pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge.

The cast of The Tall Girls features Erin Eva Butcher (Imaginary Beasts’s Kerplop! The Frog Prince), Annie Considine (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Lives), Sarah Jensen (CT Rep Theatre’s Lysistrata), Maizy Broderick Scarpa (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Catherine Seeley (Oldcastle Theatre’s My Fair Lady) and Ryan Winkles (Shakespeare & Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life). Kelly Galvin, curator of the 2014 Fresh Takes Series, and well known to Berkshire area audiences for her work with Shakespeare & Company as an actress and educator, will direct the reading.

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WAM Theatre to Open Fresh Takes Series with “Silence,” Directed by Tod Randolph [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 13th, 2015
Moira Buffini’s “Silence” is the first Fresh Takes play reading of 2015

Moira Buffini’s “Silence” is the first Fresh Takes play reading of 2015

WAM Theatre has announced the cast for their staged reading of Silence by Moira Buffini, the first reading in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The inaugural series last year sold out, and whetted audience appetites for more professional readings of plays that explore the lives and experiences of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (April 19) at 3pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge.

The cast of Silence features Gregory Boover (Shakespeare & Company’s Romeo & Juliet), Doria Bramante (Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s Beethoven Love Elegies), Caroline Calkins (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Eyes), Rory Hammond (NYU’S The Scarlet Letter), Miles Harrison (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Josh Aaron McCabe (Shakespeare & Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Acclaimed actor and director Tod Randolph, a Berkshire area favorite, will direct the reading. Jessica Sovronsky will be the stage manager.

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WAM Theatre’s “In Darfur” Places the Audience Right in the Middle of a War Zone [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 7th, 2014
A gripping story, based on actual events.

A gripping story, based on actual events

Review by Larry Murray

WAM Theatre presents “IN DARFUR” by Winter Miller; directed by Kristen van Ginhoven; coordinating producer – Jessica Provenz; scenic designer – JulianaVon Haubrich; costume designer – Govane Lohbauer; lighting designer – Natalie Robin; sound and projections design – Brad Berridge; fight director – Douglas Seldin.
Cast – Maryke – Tricia Alexandro; Jan/Ensemble – Christina Gordon; Male Ensemble – Marcus D. Harvey; Hamida – Shannon Harris; Male Ensemble/Fight Caprain – Warren Jackson; Carlos – Rich Lounello; Hawa – Sipiwe Moyo. 90 minutes, no intermission. October 30-November 16, 2014. At the Berry Family Studio at the Elayne P. Bernstein Center on the campus of Shakespeare and Company located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, MA. http://www.wamtheatre.com or call the box office at 413-637-3353.

That genocide exists in our modern civilization is almost unfathomable. Isn’t mankind better than this?

From the comfort of our homes we find it difficult to grasp how the human mind can justify the killing of thousands of others just because they are different. How can people’s capacity for compassion be so often overwhelmed by a hatred of the “other” – those of a different religion, nationality or just some poor folks who are taking up too much space on land you covet.

WAM Theatre, which is located in the bucolic Berkshires of Massachusetts, chose Winter Miller’s difficult play IN DARFUR for its fifth season offering, and which is currently being performed in the Berry Family Studio at the Elayne P. Bernstein Center at Shakespeare & Company through Sunday, November 16. Brilliantly staged by Kristen van Ginhoven, it is an immersive theatrical experience that begins long before you enter the playing space itself: the hallways themselves are lined with fencing, signage and the accumulated rubbish of a hastily organized refugee camp.

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All-Female “Measure for Measure” to Get Staged Reading from WAM Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Measure for Measure at WAM Theatre

WAM Theatre has solidified its plans for a staged reading of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. This story of a woman’s struggle to preserve her identity in the face of hypocrisy and exploitation will be given a unique telling with an all-female company of actors and a streamlined adaptation. WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (May 18) at 3pm at Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. Measure for Measure is the second presentation in WAM’s new Fresh Takes Play Reading series, which offers new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories.

The cast of Measure for Measure includes Suzanne Ankrum (WAM’s Emilie), Ariel Bock (Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s None but the Lonely Heart), Barby Cardillo (WAM Theatre’s The Attic, the Pearls, & Three Fine Girls), Dana Harrison (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Lives), Tod Randolph (Shakespeare & Company’s Cassandra Speaks) and Kristen van Ginhoven (WAM Theatre Artistic Director). The reading will also feature Jacinthe G. Connor, Emma Dweck, Catherine Santino and Josephine M. Wilson.

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Kim Stauffer Cast in Title Role of Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet for WAM’s NE Premiere of Lauren Gunderson Play [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Kim Stauffer as Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet.

Kim Stauffer as Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet.

WAM Theatre has been selected to give the Northeast regional premiere of “Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight,” written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Kristen van Ginhoven. The production, which will run from Nov. 7 through 24 with preview performances on Nov. 7 and 8, will be held at the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. Tickets are $15 for previews; all other performances are $10 to $30. For tickets and more information, see www.WAMTheatre.com or call (800) 838-3006.

“Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight” had its world premiere in 2009 at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Emilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749), best known for her 15-year-liaison with Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher, was far more than a great man’s mistress. She became a highly regarded interpreter of modern physics and a master of mathematics and linguistics during the Age of Enlightenment. In the play, Emilie searches for a formula that will convince the world of her worth by tallying her achievements in love and philosophy.

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24 Hr Theatre Project Finalized: Jayne Atkinson to DIrect One of the May 18 Plays [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

24 Hour Theatre Project @ Proctors, Schenectady
For the third year in a row, WAM Theatre and The Mop & Bucket Improv Company (MopCo) will bring together over 50 theatre artists from the Berkshire and Capital Region areas to produce the 24hr Theatre Project. Together, these artists will mount five short works; all written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. The third annual 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre is hosted by Proctors in Schenectady, NY, with a public performance taking place on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm.

Tickets are now available for purchase by calling Proctors at (518) 346-6204 or visiting www.proctors.org/events/berkshire-capreg-theatre-project.

Tony nominated actress Jayne Atkinson (Berkshire Theatre Group, TV’s House of Cards and 24) joins the project as a director this year. Also directing will be Michael Burns (Artistic Director of the Mop & Bucket Company), Dina Janis (Artistic Director of the Dorset Theatre Festival), Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill (Artistic Director of Capital Repertory Theatre) and Kristen van Ginhoven (Artistic Director of WAM Theatre).

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