WAM Theatre presents
Northeast Regional Premiere
THE LAST WIFE
by Kate Hennig
October 13 - November 5
Presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
Featuring: NEHASSAIU DEGANNES, JOHN
HADDEN, DAVID JOSEPH, LILY LINKE, ALICIA PIEMME NELSON and RAOUL SILVER
Directed by KELLY GALVIN
The Last Wife premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada in 2015 and enjoyed a completely sold-out and extended run.
The Last Wife is a contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.
Kate Parr is smart, confident, 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 lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority in both her relationship and her political career? Which love will she be led to if she follows her heart? And what kind of future is there for her children if she makes a crucial mistake?
In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from this production will be donated to WAM’s thirteenth beneficiary, the Soldier On Women’s Program.
Since 2005, Soldier On has been providing services to women veterans and currently offers a transitional housing program for up to sixteen homeless female veterans in a trauma informed care setting. Soldier On provides a safe, comfortable, structured environment that promotes healing and healthy life choice, helping veterans realize their full potential by providing them with activities and opportunities that embrace mind, body, and spirit. WAM’s donation will support care during the transition to independent or family life for the residents of the Soldier On Women’s Program.
What the Critics Said
“a very smart piece of writing” – Chicago Tribune
“a superb first play” – The Star
“racy, in the sense of both pungency and speed” – National Post
“…lively…contemporary…unapologetic” – Globe and Mail
“a riveting meditation on power, family, intimacy…sexual politics and women’s
rights” – Ottawa Citizen
“an audacious, clever play” – Victoria Times-Colonist
About WAM Theatre
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM's vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since 2010 years, WAM
Theatre has donated more than $32,500 to twelve nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre's activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series.
For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com
By Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Ariel Bock
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Join us for a costumed, fully-staged reading of the imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. But is it meant to be? A funny, warm-hearted story for the whole family.