PITTSFIELD -- WAM Theatre is seeking actors for "Fresh Takes," a series of five play readings that will take place on select Sunday afternoons at 3 between April and September.

The series seeks to give a stage to new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories.

The readings will feature local professional actors and directors and will be held in the gallery at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St. in West Stockbridge.

Interested theater artists should submit a resume and headshot to kelly@wamtheatre.com by March 14 with ‘Submission: Fresh Takes’ in the subject line. Please include the readings for which you are available in the body of your email.

Equity actors are invited to perform via Equity waiver.

Each reading will rehearse on the Saturday prior to the performance. Actors must be available for both the rehearsal and reading date.

The series consists of:

n "Blue Stockings" by Jessica Swale (April 13)

Set in 1896 at Girton, the first college in Britain to admit women, "Blue Stockings" is about four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the backdrop of women’s suffrage.

n "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare (May 18)

With his city in turmoil, the Duke of Vienna hands over power to his deputy Angelo, who seeks to restore law and order.


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But when an aspiring nun, Isabella, comes to plead for the life of her condemned brother, Angelo gives in to his own unholy desires and exposes the political and moral corruption that pollutes the entire city.

n "How the World Began" by Catherine Trieschmann (June 22)

A Manhattan woman travels to a rural town in Kansas recently devastated by a tornado to take a teaching job in a makeshift high school. But when she makes an off-handed remark regarding the origins of life, she unleashes community outrage and the particular distress of a troubled teenage boy.

n "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England" by Madeleine George (Aug. 17)

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 girlfriend, Andromeda.

n "Waxworks" by Trina Davies (Sept. 21)

With France on the verge of revolution, a young Madame Tussaud is called from her post at Versailles back to Dr. Curtius’ Wax Salon in the heart of Paris where she is introduced to the most influential people. But as the revolution descends, she is forced to confront the remains of those she has befriended -- whose waxen images must be set with signs that identify them as "patriots" or "enemies."

The casting breakdown and more can be found at WAMTheatre.com/fresh-takes/fresh-takes-casting-breakdown/.