WAM Theatre Festival! Troy, NY

O Solo Mama Mia Festival by WAM Theatre

Check out this great opportunity to view the official Capital Region debut of WAM Theatre in Troy, NY at the James Meader Theatre with the O Solo Mama Mia Festival. The Oh Solo Mama Mia Festival will be presented May 5-8, 2011 and will feature solo works written and performed by women.

WAM Theatre is a theatre company based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. Inspired by the book ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDdunn, WAM Theatre was founded in 2009 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM’s philanthropic mission is two-fold; first, producing theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls.www.wamtheatre.com

From May 5-8, 2011, WAM Theatre will present a festival of solo works written and performed by women to benefit the training of at least one community midwife at Edna’s Hospital in Somaliland. The Festival will run from May 5-8 in at the James Meader Little Theatre on the Russell Sage Campus in Troy, NY.

“We are delighted to share the work of these talented women theatre artists from our region and beyond. Their work covers such a range of topics: from Paris in the 1890’s, to group therapy, coming out, and overcoming bullying,” state Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck, co-Artistic Directors of WAM Theatre. “And, in keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of every single ticket sold will go to train a community midwife in Somaliland, a country with one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world. ”

“We have a dream to train 1,000 community midwives”, says Edna Adan Ismail, founder and director of Edna’s Hospital, “Our Community Midwives training program saves the lives of women in villages. We are grateful that WAM Theatre has chosen Edna’s Hospital and our program as their beneficiary for the O Solo Mama Mia Festival. Their help will get us one step closer to achieving our dream.”

May 5-8, 2011, James L. Meader Theatre, Russell Sage Campus, Troy, NY
Appropriate for 13+

$25 adults/$15 students
$40 Festival Pass
To purchase by phone: 1-800-838-3006
To purchase tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/168086
To purchase a festival pass: http://www.brownpapertickets.

Thursday, May 5:
7:30-My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey + Performing Therapy

Friday, May 6:
7:30-My Salvation has a First Name: A Wienermobile Journey + How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less

Saturday, May 7:
2:00-Paris 1890-Unlaced! + How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less

Saturday, May 7:
7:30-Performing Therapy + Paris 1890-Unlaced!

Sunday, May 8:
2:00-Performing Therapy + Paris 1890-Unlaced!

Featured in The O Solo Mama Mia Festival are the following theatre pieces:

My Salvation has A First Name: A Wienermobile Journey
Based on the true story of an insecure goody-goody who overcomes years of bullying and finds redemption and her true voice behind the windshield of the Wienermobile. Using music, video and photo footage from her life on the hot dog highway, comedian Robin Gelfenbien tells the story of her transformation from underdog to “one of the most notorious Wienermobile drivers of all time.” (Time Out New York). “4 stars” (Time Out New York) “The highlight of next month’s Fringe Festival” (New York Magazine) Written and performed by Robin Gelfenbien. (An excerpt from this show was part of WAM Theatre’s inaugural April 2010 event, ‘A WAM Welcome’)

How To Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less
Not a coming out story, but not not a coming out story, ‘How To Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less’ is a dynamic workshop led by teacher and motivational speaker Butchy McDyke that will help you become the “best lesbian you can be!” Writer and performer Leigh Hendrix links unique characters, personal story, and a Reba McEntire song in a mostly funny and sometimes earnest exploration of how you can learn to confidently shout, “I’m a big ʻol dyke!”

Performing Therapy
This one-woman, group-therapy comedy about depression is a sideways safari through loss, displacement, dementia, depression and the surprise healing nature of upstate New York.  A ‘depressively experienced’ actress turned therapist leads group therapy in an attempt to provide helpful advice and therapeutic modalities to other ‘stressfully afflicted’. Art Therapy with Balloon Animals, Affirmations on Post-it notes and Primal Humming are some of the hopeful remedies. Written by Camilla Schade and Kira Lallas, and performed by Camilla Schade.

Paris 1890-Unlaced!
Join actress Anne Undeland on a quick and saucy romp through Paris in the Belle Epoque — a glittering world of infamous courtesans, imperious grandes dames, and clueless but ambitious cancan dancers.  Costume, accent and character changes keep the pace lively as Paris 1890 – Unlaced! delivers laughs, heart and, of course, a little risqué business. Paris 1890 – Unlaced! was originally commissioned and produced by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Lenox Massachusetts, in collaboration with Shakespeare and Company. Written by Juliane Hiam, directed by Sarah Taylor, performed by Anne Undeland.

For more information and for the May 12-15 Pittsfield, MA dates/times/shows for the O Solo Mama Mia Festival go to www.WAMTheatre.comcom/event/170009


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