Performance presented in collaboration with WAM Theatre, produced by Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose, starring Jane Kaczmarek, Michel Gill and local guest artists
The Unicorn Theater, 6 East St, Stockbridge, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets for the matinee are $35; $50 for the 7 p.m. gala performance with reception, to benefit WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
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This event is part of WomenArts SWAN day – read more here.
Motherhood Out Loud, conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein, is a culturally and gender diverse series of monologues on the subject of Motherhood, written by a host of celebrated writers. Motherhood Out Loud traverses the experience of motherhood in all its wonderful glory from inception, birth, sexuality, growing up, letting go and the inevitable role reversal that occurs as we find ourselves parenting our parents. After successful productions all over the country, including an off-Broadway run in New York City, this will be the show’s Berkshire premiere. The cast will feature Jane Kaczmarek and Michel Gill along with some celebrity surprises and some local favorites—check the Festival website for full cast listing.
After the 2 p.m. show, WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and producer Susan Rose will moderate a panel discussion with the cast and Berkshire community members, delving further into the wide-ranging challenges and choices surrounding motherhood today. There will be a champagne reception following the 7 p.m. Gala performance.
Jayne Atkinson, a mother, wife and actress, has lived in the Berkshires for 6 years. She is a two-time Tony Award nominee and has been a regular on the hit series 24 and CRIMINAL MINDS. She starred most recently in the Netflix hit HOUSE OF CARDS and has performed locally on the Berkshire Theater Festival Stage and The Berkshire Playwrights Lab. She collaborated with Kristen van Ginhoven to produce their 2013 fundraiser “Claiming Her Place” – a lively panel discussion of the inequities that still exist in the entertainment industry for women performers along with what it means to step up and claim your place in your life.
Susan R. Rose is an award-winning theatrical, film and TV producer. Rose produced the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at the historic Ford’s Theatre in DC in 1980. When it arrived on Broadway in 1982, Rose was the youngest person to have ever produced a Broadway show and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical. Her other Broadway producing credits include David Rabe’s Hurlyburly (Tony Award nomination, Best Play), Athol Fugard’s Bloodknot (Tony Award nomination, Best Revival of a Play), and Larry Shue’s The Nerds. Susan is a Co-Conceiver of the new hit show Motherhood Out Loud, which premiered at Primary Stages, NYC in October 2011. Susan is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild.
Kristen van Ginhoven is the Artistic Director of WAM Theatre, for which her directing credits include: The Old Mezzo (World Premiere), The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls and Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play. Most recently, she directed Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson. Elsewhere as a director, Kristen has worked at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Capital Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Majestic Theatre, Cohoes Music Hall, Siena College and Emerson College. Kristen is a member of Canadian Actor’s Equity Association and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She is an artist for the International Schools Theatre Association and a member of the 2013 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.