Early Ticket Buyers for Comedy Could Win Big While Contributing to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

WAM Theatre artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven

WAM Theatre artistic director Kristen van Ginhoven

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – By pre-booking reservations for WAM Theatre’s November production of The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls, a Canadian comedy about three sisters making its Berkshire premiere November 3-20 at Barrington Stage Company Stage 2 in Pittsfield, by October 15, 2011, ticket-buyers will have the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for four pairs of tickets to shows at the four main regional theaters – Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival – as well as to contribute to the Berkshire United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the beneficiary of proceeds from the production, via their ticket purchase.

In a show of support by the four largest Berkshire theater companies, those who pre-book tickets to The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls by October 15 will automatically be entered to win a prize consisting of eight theater tickets: two for Barrington Stage Company’s 2012 production of Fiddler on the Roof ; two for any 2012 production on the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage; two for any fall or winter production at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox; and two for any production next summer on the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage.

In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from the production will be donated to the Berkshire United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.

Go to WAM Theatre or call 1.800.838.3006 and book by October 15 to have a chance to win the four pairs of tickets, worth hundreds of dollars. The winner will be notified on October 16.

The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls is a visit with the three Fine sisters. Jojo (to be played by Barbara Cardillo) is a university professor obsessed with Brecht; Jayne (to be played by Deann Simmons Halper) is a bisexual corporate shark; and Jelly (to be played by Karen Lee) is an eccentric artist who loves boxes. A poignant romp through the attic in the home of their recently deceased father reminds the sisters of their childhood and forces them to redefine their future together.

Collectively written by Jennifer Brewin, Leah Cherniak, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Alisa Palmer and Martha Ross, The Attic, The Pearls and Three Fine Girls was called ‘a piece of theatre with warmth, humour and irresistible broadness of heart’ by the Ottawa Citizen.

WAM Theatre cofounders Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strembeck

WAM Theatre cofounders Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strembeck

“WAM Theatre is delighted to continue to realize our mission of using theater to benefit women and girls by producing this Berkshire premiere with this incredible cast and creative team,” said Kristen van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre’s artistic director. “Having Berkshire United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative  (TPPI) as the beneficiary for this production is WAM’s way of supporting the agencies, organizations and volunteers who are working together to address teen pregnancy as part of TPPI.”

“WAM’s commitment to organizations that benefit the lives of women and girls in our community is aligned with the mission of the TPPI,” says Kristine Hazzard, President and CEO of Berkshire United Way. “Teen pregnancy prevention obviously isn’t only a women’s issue, but our strategies to improve sexual health information, increase access to contraceptives and help our kids see a bright future will help improve the lives of young women throughout Berkshire County.”



Barrington Stage Company Stage 2
36 Linden Street
Pittsfield, Mass.


Thursday, November 3 @ 8 pm- Preview

Friday, November 4 @ 8 p.m.-Opening Night

Saturday, November 5 @ 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 6 @ 3pm (followed by a talkback)

Friday, November 11 @ 8pm –WAM SLAM*

Saturday, November 12 @ 8pm

Sunday, November 13 @ 3pm (followed by a talkback)

Friday, November 18 @ 8pm

Saturday, November 19 @ 8pm

Sunday, November 20 @ 3pm (followed by a talkback)



$25: Adults

$15: Students

$20: Preview Price-Adults

$12: Preview Price-Students



10 tix for $15/each: Adult

10 tix for $10/each: Students


*WAM SLAM-This performance will be followed by a raffle/networking event post show with the cast in the Barrington Stage 2 Bar, sponsored by Mission Bar and Tapas. A perfect outing for groups, organizations and businesses. Contact Corissa Bryant at corissa@wamtheatre.com for more info and to book your group tickets.

Call 1.800.838.3006 or go to www.WAMTheatre.com to purchase tickets.



Barbara Cardillo (Jojo): Ms. Cardillo has been seen on stage at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, and is a founding member of Royal Berkshire Improvisation Troupe.

Karen Lee (Jelly): Ms. Lee’s Berkshire acting credits include The Wharton Salon, Shakespeare & Company, New Stage Performing Arts Center and Mixed Company.

Deann Simmons Halper (Jayne): Ms. Simmons Halper’s credits include work off Broadway in New York City, as well as locally with Sharon Playhouse and Barrington Stage Company.



Kristen van Ginhoven – Director

Corissa Bryant – Associate Producer

Juliana von Haubrich – Scenic Design

Arthur Oliver – Costume Design

Brad Berridge – Sound Design

Jeff Roudabush + Nick Webb – Lighting Design

Ryan Winkles – Fight Choreographer

Christopher Donovan – Stage Manager

Tina Padgett – Assistant Stage Manager

Emily Curro – Assistant Director/Dramaturge

Enrico Spada – Graphic Design


ABOUT WAM Theatre:

Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre was founded in 2009 by professional theater artists Kristen van Ginhoven and Leigh Strimbeck. WAM’s philanthropic mission is two-fold; first, producing theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or the stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls. WAM Theatre is based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State.


To learn more about the Berkshire United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, go to Berkshire United Way.




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