24Hour Project by WAM Theatre and MOPCO

April 14 at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox

By: - Mar 06, 2012


The second 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project brings together playwrights, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians and actors from both the Berkshires and the Capital Region armed with the common task of mounting 5 new short works by female playwrights; all written, rehearsed and performed in 24 Hours.  WAM Theatre and MOPCO host the event happening Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Bernstein Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox, MA.

After last year’s inaugural sold out 24hr Project at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, WAM Theatre and MOPCO decided to join forces again to present this colossal artistic adventure for a second time.

“There is amazing talent and creativity in both the Berkshires and the Capital Region so we are delighted this year to include many new people. Hopefully this project will open the door to more future collaborations for them all.” states WAM Theatre’s Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven.  MOPCO’s Kat Koppett continues, “This project provides an incredible chance to consolidate all the bonding and brilliance of a traditional endeavor into a very brief span. And at Mopco, all our work is improvised, so having 24 hours AND a script, heck, that's a life time.”

Only 150 tickets are available for this unique creative collaboration across state lines so book your $15 tickets now and be one of the lucky 150 who get to be part of this one night only event.

WAM and MOPCO are grateful to Shakespeare & Company and the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) for their support. Other sponsors for this project include Adams Community Bank.


Shakespeare & Company Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble Road, Lenox, MA, 
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00pm


You can purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets at by calling 1-800-838-3006.



Kat Koppett- Co-Director of Mopco, Capital Region

Kristen van Ginhoven-WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Director, WAM Theatre-Berkshires

Dramaturges/Producers on-site:

Mark Fleisher-Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival-Capital Region

Leigh Strimbeck-WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Advisor-Capital Region


Liz Duffy Adams

Capital Region- Ms. Adams’ recent productions include Or, (premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater) and Dog Act (Flux Theater Ensemble in NYC). Among other honors she has received a 2012 Women of Achievement Award, a Lillian Hellman Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a New Dramatists residency.


Kelli Newby

Berkshires- Ms. Newby is a playwright for the Barrington Stage Company Playwright Mentoring Program. She is also a writing instructor at MCLA, where she has worked closely with the Women’s Center on various theatrical projects. She is co-Artistic Director of Main Street Stage. 


Kat Koppett

Capital Region-Ms. Koppett is the Co-Director of The Mop & Bucket Theatre Company (aka Mopco) and the author of "Training to Imagine", a book on the use of improvisational theatre techniques to enhance professional performance. She was a finalist in the Playground Emerging Playwrights Festival in San Francisco. In 1995, Theatreweek Magazine named Kat one of the year's unsung heroes for her creation of the improvised musical format, "Spontaneous Broadway." 

Cindy Parrish

Capital Region- Ms. Parrish is a playwright, filmmaker, educator, and storyteller. HEROIC GIRLZ (the stage play she co-wrote with four 11-year-old girls, and then a film which she wrote and directed) has won numerous national and international awards, and has been performed or screened at many venues, including the United Nations. For a number of years, Cindy has been a playwright-in-residence in local schools. 

Rachel Siegel

Berkshires- Ms. Siegel’s writing credits include So Sing Already! at the New End, London and Callback for 10 Minutes in the Berkshires. She has worked as an actor at Stageworks Hudson, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Birmingham Rep (UK), and London's Royal Court.  She trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. 


David Bunce- Artist-in-Residence, Theatre Institute at Sage, Russell Sage College, Capital Region

Michael Burns- Artistic Director of MOPCO, Capital Region

Danny Eaton- Producing Artistic Director, Majestic Theatre, Berkshires

Sara Katzoff- Artistic Director of The Berkshire Fringe Festival, Berkshires
Corinna May- Berkshires-based Director/actor/playwright-Berkshires

Assistant Directors: David Sernick, Jamuna Yvette Sirker


Brittney Belz-Costumes-Capital Region

Brad Berridge-Sound-Berkshires

Sam Craig-Scenic Assistant and Tech-Berkshires

Juliana Haubrich-Scenic-Berkshires

Joe + Jan Jurchak-Sound-Capital Region

Deena Pewtherer-Lights-Berkshires

Nick Webb-Lights Assistant and Tech-Berkshires

Stage Managers:

Valerie Carlson*- Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Berkshires

Christopher Donovan-Barrington Stage Company, WAM Theatre, Berkshires

Sara Friedman*- Saratoga Shakespeare Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Capital Region
Margaret Hall*-Capital Repertory Theatre, WAM Theatre, Capital Region

Brandi Klein*-Lake George Dinner Theatre, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Capital Region


Susanna Baum-Berkshires

Kathleen Carey-Capital Region

Joan Coombs-Berkshires

Lezlie Dana*-Capital Region

Tim Dugan*-Capital Region

Lora Lee Eccibelli*-Capital Region

Elizabeth Erwin*-Berkshires

Dana Harrison-Berkshires

Alika Hope*-Berkshires

Joey Hunziker-Capital Region

Ron Komora*-Capital Region

Alexandra Lincoln-Berkshires

Daniela Malave*-Capital Region

Erin Ouellette-Berkshires

Tony Pallone-Capital Region

Leandra Sharon-Berkshires

Alexia Trainor-Berkshires

Ted Phelps-Berkshires
Yvonne Perry*-Capital Region

Kevin Craig West*-Capital Region
Linda White-Berkshires
Stewart Zully*-Capital Region


Enrico Spada

Front of House/Program:

Corissa Bryant

Meg Agnew

WAM Theatre:

WAM Theatre is a theatre company based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and the Capital Region of New York State. 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 theatre 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 stories of women and girls; second, to donate a portion of the proceeds from those events to organizations that benefit women and girls.


Live performance fills a central, universal need of humankind. This need cannot be met by passive reception of electronic or virtual paths, but must be experienced with all five senses. MopCo believes that the best theatre comes out of an active collaboration between performer and audience. We constantly expand, refine, and redefine our own concept of what improvisation in performance is. This is because the company acts on the assumption that that which is unchanging is probably dead, and will therefore begin to stink soon, if it doesn’t already.