Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud comedy — one weekend only!
“Alison Larkin offers hugely entertaining, marvelously light-footed reflections on how we become the kind of people we think we are . . . nature versus nurture, the eternal search for roots and the ups and downs of the great Anglo-American love affair.” – The Times (London)
LENOX, MA (April 10, 2018) – On Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator, and bestselling author of The English American, adoptee Alison Larkin premieres her hilarious, thought-provoking new show, Alison Larkin LIVE!, right here in the Berkshires! There will be three performances at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company: Friday, May 4, at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, May 5, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, with a panel discussion after the Saturday matinee, and an exclusive champagne reception with Ms. Larkin for VIP ticket holders on Saturday night.
Larkin will talk about her adoption by British parents, her reunion with her American birth mother, culture conflict, parenting teenagers, life in the Berkshires, and how to brew that perfect cup of tea. This night of laugh-out-loud comedy will be presented for one weekend only.
The performance will celebrate the audiobook release of Larkin’s new AudioFile Earphones Award-winning recording of her bestselling novel The English American, which includes an interview and other bonus material. For every audiobook download of The English American purchased online via the link below between now and the end of May, $5.00 will be donated to WAM. http://www.alisonlarkinpresents.com/product/the-english-american/
“I loved the audiobook of The English American. I didn’t want it to end.”
– Alan Chartock, WAMC
“The show was performed once in preview at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center,” shared Alison Larkin. “Since then, people have been asking me when it’s going to premiere. I knew the answer when Kristen asked me if there was anything I’d like to do for WAM. I’m a big fan of the work WAM is doing and delighted to be doing this performance in May in the Berkshires.”
There will be a post-show panel discussion following the 2 pm matinee on Saturday, May 5. The “Don’t Know Much About History” panelists will discuss adoption, reunion and what the brave new world of donor conception can learn from adopted people and their families. The panel will be facilitated by Ms. Larkin.
Tickets are $30-$60, with $15 student tickets also available. $60 VIP Tickets include an exclusive post-show Champagne reception with Alison Larkin following the 7:30 pm performance on Saturday, May 5. Tickets may be purchased over the phone at 413-637-3353; in person at the Shakespeare & Company Box Office; or online at: http://www.wamtheatre.com/alison-larkin-live/
AT A GLANCE
May 4 & 5
Special Spring Event: Alison Larkin LIVE!
Friday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm – Panel discussion about adoption and donor conception following
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm – champagne reception with Alison for $60 VIP ticket holders following
at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
Tickets are $30-$60 and may be purchased over the phone at 413-637-3353; in person at the Shakespeare & Company Box Office; or online at: www.wamtheatre.com/alison-larkin-live
$60 VIP Tickets include an exclusive post show Champagne reception in the lobby with Alison Larkin – Saturday, May 5th 7:30 pm only.
Student tickets are available for $15 each. Student tickets are not available for purchase online.
ABOUT ALISON LARKIN
Known on both sides of the Atlantic as the English American, Alison Larkin is a comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer, screenwriter and the bestselling author of The English American, a novel. Her autobiographical one woman show about an adopted English women who finds her birth parents in the U.S. was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. As an actress she has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theater and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Award-winning audiobooks narrated by Alison Larkin include The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie and Alice in Wonderland. Larkin’s new one woman show Alison Larkin LIVE! will premiere at the Elayne Bernstein theater as part of WAM Theatre’s 9th season on May 4th and 5th.
For more about Alison Larkin, visit http://alisonlarkin.com/
OUR SEASON SPONSORS
Our 2018 sponsors include Adams Community Bank, Baystate Financial, Berkshire Bank Foundation, Berkshire Magazine, Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Blue Q, Brabson Library & Educational Foundation, Canyon Ranch, The Charles H. Hall Foundation, CMW Retirement Plan Services LLC, Custom Business Solutions, The Dylandale Foundation, The Feigenbaum Foundation, Frankie’s Ristorante Italiano, the Garden Gables Inn, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guido’s Fresh Marketplace, International Schools Theatre Association, Interprint, Lee Bank, Maggie Barry, Massachusetts Cultural Council, J.H. Maxymillian, Inc., Methuselah Bar and Lounge, Natracare, No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc., RB Design Co., The Rookwood Inn, The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation, The Rogovoy Report, Rouge Restaurant & Bistro, Salisbury Bank, T Square Design Studio, Toole Insurance, a. von schlegell & co.
WAM Theatre is also supported in part by grants from the Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, Lee Cultural Council, Lenox Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Cultural Council of Northern Berkshires, Otis Cultural Council, Richmond Cultural Council, Sandisfield Cultural Council, and the Washington Cultural Council – local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
ABOUT WAM THEATRE
Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM’s vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy.
Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.
Since 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com