We at Renaissance Theaterworks are anguished and sickened by the systemic racist hatred and violence against Black people in this country. We grieve the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black lives taken by state-sanctioned violence.
As a company, we stand in solidarity with the Black communities in Milwaukee - and the nation. Our message is: We see you. We hear you. We love you. We stand with you.
We will not stand back and remain silent.
Silence is the tool of the oppressors and one of the most powerful cornerstones of injustice. We support those speaking out. We support those taking action. We stand with all who are working for racial equality. We are against white supremacy in all its forms.
In this terrible moment please join Renaissance Theaterworks in taking action. Below is a short list of suggested resources.
BLACK LIVES MATTER.
In solidarity and with love,
And the Renaissance Theaterworks' team
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To our Dear Community—
It’s been a devastating week, for Milwaukee and our country, and we’re shaken. And we are motivated to act and more importantly to listen.
At Renaissance Theaterworks, one hears stories by voices that are too often kept silent, voices that need to be heard! Our work is provocative, fearless, and always relevant – a rarity in theater, a rarity in Milwaukee; and the reason we’re proceeding with our fundraising event today is not to pat ourselves in the back and say we’re doing everything well, but to say “this work needs to continue.”
We need to keep putting the unheard voices center stage, and we firmly believe Renaissance Theaterworks is poised to do that into the future with the support of our community. To continue to give voice to marginalized people in this moment, we need to raise funds.
Patti Keating Kahn, Board Member since 2010, says it well: "Renaissance Theaterworks – Theater By Women For Everyone – is not only an advocate for women but also for other unheard communities."
At Renaissance Theaterworks, we’ve come to understand – even more so over the past few weeks – that our commitment to tell the stories you won’t hear without us is more important than ever before. Let’s do the hard work. Let’s fix this, together. We’re ready with open ears, open hearts and strong backs.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director
SUBSCRIPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Performances now at 255 S Water Street.
Sharing our artistic home with Next Act Theatre.
By Bekah Brunstetter
Directed By Jenny Wanasek
Oct. 23 - Nov. 8, 2020
Della, a sweet, God-fearing Christian, is also the best baker in North Carolina. Nothing would make Della happier than making a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, Jenny. Except that Della’s beloved Jenny is marrying a woman. A deliciously funny, multi-layered play about what divides us and brings us together, and the power of love – and cake.
By Minita Gandhi
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
Jan. 8 - Jan. 31, 2021
A trip to her homeland forever changes the life of a young Indian-American woman. On her journey, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. A powerful, transformative story based on actual events.
By Margaret Edson
Directed by Suzan Fete
Mar. 12 - Apr. 4, 2021
A 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winner, WIT examines what makes life truly worth living by exploring humanity’s most unifying experience – mortality. Focusing on the final all-too-human hours of renowned poetry scholar Vivian Bearing, Edson’s powerfully imagined play reminds us that our lives are ours alone to cherish or abandon.
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In addition to these three bold, edgy and exciting plays, this season we will offer:
Br!NK NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
September 12 and 13, 2020
Next Act Theatre
The Br!NK New Play Development Series is designed to develop and advance the work of Midwestern women playwrights. Get a first look at the exciting new voices writing today! Enjoy two world-premiere staged readings, and be part of the creative process by giving feedback to the playwrights.
The Br!NK New Play Festival is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. However, you can reserve your spot with your subscription (see subscription form.)
Renaissance Theaterworks is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board
with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts.