poster for EverywomanFROM PAGE TO STAGE: EVERYWOMAN

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The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences and in conjunction with the Department of Theatre and with support provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present WAM Theatre in a staged reading of Carolyn Yalkut’s Everywoman directed by Sara Katzoffon Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30pm.

Time and space collide in this one-act play that debates global as well as personal catastrophe in women’s lives everywhere. The classic quandary of being a woman is explored in this light-hearted, innovative and poignant tragicomedy that reaches across generations.  The play was developed during a fellowship and multiple residencies by the playwright at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, MA.

Carolyn Yalkut’s work for the stage includes Big Boy (at the Syracuse Civic Center) and A Daughter is Not a Father is Not a Lover (at the Minor Latham Playhouse in New York City). A winner of the Machlachlan Prize for Poetry and a former magazine editor in New York City and Washington, DC, Yalkut recently conducted research in Italy and France for her next play, Bastards, in which Giuseppe Verdi, Arthur Miller and Peter Abelard meet. Her scholarly work explores the synergy between journalism and literature. Yalkut teaches drama, film and literature at the University at Albany.

WAM (Women's Action Movement) Theatre is based in the Berkshires and the Capital Region. Inspired by the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, WAM was founded in 2010 by professional theatre artists Kristen van Ginhoven & Leigh Strimbeck.

As co-artistic director of Bazaar Productions and The Berkshire Fringe, Sara Katzoff has spent the last decade devising, developing and curating new work for the stage. Recent projects include: 10X10on10 (in collaboration with WAM Theatre for the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival); The Visit Home and Grounded (WAM’s 24 Hour Theater Project); Miss Valentine (Pinto Gallery, NYC); Hurricane Hotel (Daniel Arts Center) and The Waypoint (MASS MoCA, artist in residence).  As a performer, Katzoff has toured nationally with Landis & Company and Dell’Arte and appeared in My Children....My Africa! (Rattler Productions), Othello (Infamous Genius Theater), Shotgun Wedding, (Dell’Arte Company), 900 Dreams (Spencertown Academy) and DARK: An End of the World Play with Music and an Exercise Bike (Berkshire Fringe). Her original plays include The Scissor Tango Variations, The Stalk and R. Stiltskin.  She is a founding company member of Kickwheel Ensemble Theatre and a graduate of the Dell’Arte International. 

The cast includes Joan Coombs (Shakespeare & Company, Hubbard Hall); Jennie M. Jadow (Shakespeare & Company); Brittany Morgan (Shakespeare & Company); Erin Ouellette (WAM Theatre, Hubbard Hall); Yvonne Perry (Capital Repertory Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare); Eileen Schuyler (Capital Repertory Theatre, NYSTI) and Erica Tryon (Capital Repertory Theatre) plus four UAlbany students: Lexis Green, Ellen Liebenthal, Lisa Warner and Leanne Wilensky.

Following the reading, there will be a talkback with the playwright, director and actors moderated by WAM Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven.

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $8 for the general public and $6 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.