WEST STOCKBRIDGE -- WAM Theatre kicks off its new Fresh Takes play reading series Sunday with Jessica Swale’s "Blue Stockings."

The reading begins at 3 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot St. and will be followed by a talkback with the actors and director.

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.

The cast includes Suzanne Ankrum (WAM Theatre’s "Emilie"), Jurian Hughes (Berkshire Theater Group’s "Sylvia"), Josh Aaron McCabe (Shakespeare & Company’s "Mother Courage and Her Children") and Tod Randolph (Shakespeare & Company’s "Cassandra Speaks").

Also in the cast are Joe Ahmed, Brendan Cataldo, Annie Cons-
idine, Caroline Fairweather, Cat-
herine Seeley, Charlie Owens, Elizabeth Roberts, James Udom and Ryan Winkles.

WAM Theatre artistic associate and Fresh Takes curator Kelly Galvin will direct.

There are only 25 tickets available for this reading. Ticket information is available by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at wamfreshtakes.bpt.me.

Other readings in the Fresh Takes series are:

n "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare. May 18;

n "How the World Began" by Catherine Trieschmann. June 22;

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

n "Waxworks" by Trina Davies.


Sept. 21.

All readings are at 3 p.m. at No. Six Depot Roastery and Cafe.

Complete information about the series is available online at wamtheatre.com/fresh-takes/.