WAM Theatre’s “In Darfur” Promises to Deliver a Powerful, Immersive Experience [Berkshire on Stage]
By Larry Murray
Ever since WAM Theatre emerged five years ago it has never played by rules of traditional theatre. Certainly its productions are top quality, but the company has a mission to make a powerful impact on the lives of women, both locally and globally.
That becomes more visible than ever before with its fifth annual fall production, where artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven has selected a play that typifies the company’s mission while transporting its audiences to places it has likely never been before.
The New England premiere of In Darfur, by Winter Miller, will place its audience in the middle of a refugee camp, with all the turmoil and heartbreak that suggests, balanced with moments of humor and deep caring. Tickets are now available through Shakespeare & Company, where the play will run from October 30–November 16 in the Berry Family Studio. Opening night, Saturday, November 1, is already sold out. Press performance is Sunday, November 2 at 2:30pm.
As a play, In Darfur is the compelling, provocative tale of three lives that intersect in the most challenging of circumstances: a camp for internally displaced persons. The story follows the mission to protect lives by an aid worker (Rich Lounello), the quest for safety of a Darfuri woman (Sipiwe Moyo) along with her struggle to maintain her dignity, and the dogged pursuit of a journalist (Tricia Alexandro) to deliver a front-page story that will focus the world’s attention on a humanitarian crisis.Timely, moving, and laced with unexpected humor, In Darfur is a journey of courage and humanity in the face of peril.