Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder of WAM Theatre and director of The Old Mezzo, told me recently, “It’s a big risk, a new play and all. But may as well risk big if one is going to risk!”
Indeed, WAM itself is a pretty daring venture. Taking its inspiration from Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s international best-seller Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the three-year old troupe has a double mission: to create more professional opportunities for women in theater, and to give tangible support, through shared box-office receipts, to organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls locally and around the world. This production’s beneficiary is Berkshire-based Shout Out Loud Productions, which uses film and art to raise awareness of global sex trafficking, abuse and poverty.