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Door of No Return

Partly autobiographical, but drawing primarily on historical research and present-day interviews, Door of No Return courageously excavates the rich, complex but often silenced multicultural legacies of New England.

 

Nehassaiu deGannes is a trickster/shaman figure voicing experiences of immigration, displacement, enslavement, and resistance from a brilliant multiplicity of perspectives. Drawing on her Caribbean heritage and Canadian upbringing, her visits to West Africa, and her arrival in Rhode Island, Nehassaiu criss-crosses time and space to bring us stories from the 18th century and the Triangle Trade, as well as unexpected contemporary narratives.  Here in one room are: Marie Angelique, enslaved in Montreal but very likely purchased in Rhode Island, a young Columbian man defying 21st century expectations, an Iraqi-American woman re-inventing herself post 9-11, indentured Wampanoag, and the slave dungeons of Cape Coast. Door of No Return defies the segregation of American histories and invites us all to stand at the crossroads.

 

“Nehassaiu deGannes is tremendous. At times, she’s from Jamaica, then Ghana, then Cape Verde, or Senegal. Or else she’s a Native American, or a hyphenated modern American: Puerto Rican, Laotian, French,Irish, Scotch or Arabic. She’s rich; she’s poor. She’s young; she’s old.  She’s woman; she’s man…. But the reason you watch or listen…is for an emotional connection, which deGannes amply provides.”

—Providence Journal

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 90 minutes with a talk back afterwards

8/18/2017 8:30 PM
In Light of Jane with Tod Randolph; and special concert by Kris Delmhorst

In Light of Jane, a lighting designer visits an empty theatre space two years after a devastating loss, and as she sorts through her memories, the way forward is illuminated in unexpected ways. This funny and moving piece features Shakespeare & Company actor Tod Randolph with Kris Delmhorst.

 

The second part of the evening singer and songwriter Kris Delmhorst takes the stage for an intimate concert. "Bold and brilliant..." —Boston Globe.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2  hours with an intermission

8/19/2017 8:30 PM
Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True
Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True.
 
By Theresa Rebeck
 
“And then I realize, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he's saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realized that maybe it has been too long since I've been on a date.” Bad Dates
 
Elizabeth Aspenlieder reprises her one-woman tour-de-force performance as the indefatigable Hayley Walker from S&Co.’s 2010 hit production of Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck (SMASH, Poor Behavior, Law & Order, Broadway’s Seminar with Alan Rickman). A hilarious and heartbreaking story Bad Dates follows a single mothers idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery which involves the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, over 600 pairs of shoes, and a few very bad dates. Highlights of the evening will include interwoven music provided by the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, directed by Michael Gandolfi (Composition Head of the TMC), and local singer Vikki True, who will join the production with an array of soul stirring melodies that will support the production. True will then take center stage for a short set of some of her classic R&B/Jazz standards.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 1 1/2 hours with an intermission
8/20/2017 8:30 PM
Women of Will: Coming Home

Written and Performed by Tina Packer with special guest Nigel Gore.

 

After three years of traveling the world and a four month Off-Broadway run, Women of Will comes home. By examining passion and intrigue through women’s eyes, we see how Shakespeare himself developed as a human being.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/25/2017 8:30 PM
Travels with the Masked Man and Performance by Bobby Sweet

Written and performed by John Hadden with special musical guest Bobby Sweet

 

 

This evening is a fascinating blend of drama and music.

 

John Hadden performs a riveting 50-minute, one-man show based on his book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me. Bobby Sweet infuses the show with his unique sound. Join then for this journey of deception "the game" (espionage), and rough filial love. The evening finishes with an intimate concert by Bobby Sweet.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/26/2017 8:30 PM
WAM Theatre Presents - The Last Wife

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

 

10/13/2017 To 11/5/2017
Box Office: 413-637-3353
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