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WAM’s “Army” Supports Opening Night Of ‘In Darfur’
Rachel Louchen reports from Lenox. A packed crowd of cast members, crew and friends turned out to celebrate the opening night of WAM Theatre’s newest production, In Darfur, on Saturday, November 1 at Haven in Lenox. Founder, Artistic Director and play director Kristin van Ginhoven addressed the guests with a champagne toast and talked about the intense process of producing the play, which tells the story of three lives that intersect in a camp for internally displaced persons. Van Ginhoven acknowledged the “In Darfur Army” of individuals who have been invaluable along the way. A crucial member of the army has been the playwright, Winter Miller (left, with van Ginhovan far left), who has “been quick to respond to many late night emails and made herself always accessible,” which often necessitated trips to the Berkshires. The show, with two additional matinee performances added due to ticket demand, runs through November 16.
Hosts David Schecker and Vicki Bonnington (wearing a dress custom made from African textiles) with David Librizzi.
Ben Merrihew with Assistant Director Molly Clancy; WAM supporters Kristin and James Hatt flank Nick Webb, husband of van Ginhoven and board secretary.
Stage manager Laura Gomez with her husband, Joe Suerchek; Corky Miller, mother of the playwright with Jessica Provenz, coordinating producer.
Susie Weekes, here with cast member Tricia Alexandro, serves as the connection to the Housemothers of Mother of Peace Orphanage in Illovo, South Africa, which will receive profits from In Darfur.