WAM Theatre to Present SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND Reading, 8/17
WAM Theatre has announced the cast for a reading of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George as part of the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. George's whimsical, funny, and poignant play about the perils of monogamy, belief, and academic administration was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize which recognizes women who have written work of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre. WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England is the fourth presentation in the new Fresh Takes play reading series, which offers new and reimagined works that tell women's stories. The series has proven popular with audiences and the first three readings sold out.
The cast of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England features Alika Hope (New Century Theatre's Intimate Apparel), Melissa Wolff (Aglet Theatre's Fifty Words), Samantha Cullen (Circle Mirror Transformation in association with the Actors Cooperative), Thom Whaley (Circle Mirror Transformation in association with the Actors Cooperative), Lily Cardaropoli (Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park's A Midsummer Night's Dream), and Shayne Peris (Siena College's The Snow Queen.)Megan Sandberg Zakian (Central Square Theater, Artistic Associate) will direct the reading.
Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England is "an academic sex comedy" that focuses on the lives of three women in a college town in New England. Dean Wreen's college is in dire financial straits and a plan to close its all-but-forgotten natural history museum is sending unexpected shock waves into the local community. At home, her ex-lover, Greer, is staying with her-sending shock waves of a different sort through her relationship with her current (and much younger) girlfriend, Andromeda. Town-gown relations are in tatters! The local newspaper is erupting in protest! Even the historically inaccurate dioramas in the museum have started mouthing off! Madeleine George uses humor, imagination, and wit to tell this story of "alternative kinship structures", life and death, and academia, even incorporating some philosophy from the sitcom Friends along the way.
The play first premiered at Two River Theatre Company in 2011 where the New York Times called it, "A smart, clever and highly promising new play... lively and literate."
There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or going online to http://wamfreshtakes.bpt.me. Due to the limited availability, advance booking is highly recommended. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the café prior to the reading, which will begin in the gallery at 3:00 p.m.
The Fresh Takes Play Reading series is curated by WAM Theatre Artistic Associate Kelly Galvin and consists of: Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale (April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (May 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (August 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.), and Waxworks by Trina Davies (September 21, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.). Find out more about the series at http://www.wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/.