WAM! A New Theater Group


WAM Theatre is presenting its inaugural production, “A WAM Welcome,” at the Barrington Stage Company’s Stage 2 in Pittsfield this weekend.

The production features three diverse theatrical selections created by women. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Women for Women International.

Women’s Action Movement Theatre (WAM) is a new theater company based in the Berkshires and the Capital Region, which utilizes theater to take action for women and girls worldwide. The group was co-founded Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck.

The three works featured in “A WAM Welcome” are:

“Mirror, Mirror”: An ensemble piece created by a cast of Russell Sage College students which examines the tyranny of the media towards women’s bodies.

A staged reading of “The Last Standing Protestor” written by Lydia Stryk and performed by Brenny Rabine (seen last month as the narrator Jean Louise in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany).

A selection from “My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey” written and performed by NYC writer-comedian, Robin Gelfenbien. New York magazine hailed the comedy as “the highlight of the Fringe” when it was performed at the 2008 New York Fringe Festival. Time Out New York magazine added, “This is a show to relish, and that’s no bologna!”

Performances of “A WAM Welcome” will be at 8pm tonight and Saturday, as well as 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Tix are $20; students $10.

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