Jason Isbell was a key member of Southern-rock group Drive-By Truckers. He then struck out on his own as a solo performer, and he’s been riding high on critical acclaim for last year’s solo album, “Southeastern,” which has been described as his “Blood on the Tracks” or “Tunnel of Love” in its searing intimacy and stripped-down intensity. The album garnered Isbell nominations for Best Song, Best Album, and Artist of the Year from the Americana Music. NPR rock critic Ken Tucker and American Songwriter magazine called it the best album of 2013.
In the new black comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Edward Norton costars as a pretentious and self-absorbed but very talented and edgy theater actor who has been cast in a play directed by a washed-up movie star played by Michael Keaton.
Norton, who has starred in such films as Fight Club and American History X, says that making Birdman was a highlight of his career.
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and theatre professional Leigh Strimbeck. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Since launching in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated over $10,500 to six beneficiaries from their maintstage productions and provided paid work to nearly 100 theatre artists.
WAM Theatre will celebrate their first five seasons on August 24th with a panel discussion of extraordinary people effecting positive change through the arts. The members of the panel are author and playwright Jessica Blank, playwright and founding member of the collective 13 Playwrights, Winter Miller, National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, and filmmaker Cynthia Wade.