IN THE WORKS is Renaissance Theaterworks’ latest “out of the box” idea. It’s our spot for special projects inside and outside our announced season offerings. At IN THE WORKS you may find readings of classics or experimental plays or new works in development by emerging artists. You may find a presentation linked to the theme of one of our season selections. IN THE WORKS will also showcase collaborations with local schools on productions in and out of our established season. Whatever you find, we promise it’s sure to be innovative and intriguing. Join us IN THE WORKS. Let’s mix it up together.
Co-Directed by Suzan Fete and Marie Kohler
April 26, 2013 at 2 pm and 6:30 pm
Milwaukee VA Medical Center
Renaissance Theaterworks collaborated with the Milwaukee VA Womens Health Program to present free play readings of CENSORED ON FINAL APPROACH by Phylis Ravel. The readings featured women veterans, Milwaukee VA staff and friends.
CENSORED ON FINAL APPROACH is a historically accurate play about the W.A.S.P.s (Women Army Service Pilots) of WWII and their heroic contribution to the war effort. The public reading of this play is to honor our women Veterans. RTW dedicates this effort in memory of the playwright and former head of the Theatre Arts Program at Marquette University, Phylis Ravel, for giving voice to these heroes of WWII.
Jennifer Rupp, RTW’s Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, and Dr. Jill Feldman, the Women’s Resource Center Program Manager for the VA, spearheaded this collaboration together. Jennifer reached out to Jill last summer, with an interest in possible ways RTW might provide a valuable contribution to the Women Veterans Program and Jill was on board immediately. “It’s a good way for patients to shine or try new things,” Feldman said. “It’s fun.”
“(The story) tells the same obstacles and dangers that women soldiers must endure today” says Jennifer Rupp, “and it connects them to a long and glorious history of women warriors.”
"days later and I still can't think of the right words to describe how much I enjoyed this project and how moved and impressed I was with the performance of our readers. Thank you. And the most exciting thing is that we will do it again." Jennifer Rupp