Three short plays by playwrights of color
THE WINGED MAN
By José Rivera
By Lynn Nottage
ALL OF THE EVERYTHING
By Alayna Jacqueline
In response to the nationwide call for social justice, we present BELONGING, a collection of three theatrical gems exploring the complex question, “Who Belongs?”
Renaissance Theaterworks is excited to collaborate with The Outer Loop Theater Experience to create state-of-the-art virtual/mixed reality effects for BELONGING. A portion of proceeds will benefit YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s efforts to end racism.
BELONGING virtual performances: December 4-20, 2020.
All three short plays will be presented as a collection – with your ticket you will be able to watch all three plays. Run time: 60 minutes.
WARNING: Adult language and subject matter, and depictions of violence.
TICKETS: Free to subscribers. Standard: $40.00. Under age 40: $20.00. Artists/Students/Educators: $10.00.
We look forward to having you join us for this thought-provoking collection of short plays!
IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT
LIVING ROOM CRUISE LINES: A CRUISE IN A BOX, MANHUNT: MYSTERY IN A BOX, and PAINTING FOR ONE: PAINTING IN A BOX are part of IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT, a co-production of Renaissance Theaterworks and Adirondack Theatre Festival. IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT is an interactive, zoom-based theatrical experience that is fun for the whole family. Suitable for all ages - bring your whole family to the couch. A Quarantine-friendly activity!
LIVING ROOM CRUISE LINES:
CRUISE IN A BOX.
November 4 - 14
Set sail for an unforgettable, high-seas staycation on the world’s first ever Cruise in a Box! Your ticket doesn’t just buy you passage on this not-so-nautical adventure, we’ll also be mailing you a special “SHIPment” – filled with everything you’d expect from a luxury cruise liner; plush towels that we’ll teach you to transform into animals for your cabin, ocean-scented candles, a little umbrella to shade your favorite tropical drink, and so much more! Then, you’ll join your Live Virtual Cruise Director who will introduce you to singers, magicians, comedians, jugglers, and more. Or perhaps Shipboard Bingo is more your speed, where you can relax and stamp those bingo cards (which we’ve provided) as the artificial wind blows across your face. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!
Run time: 80 minutes.
MYSTERY IN A BOX.
January 12 - 23
You buy a ticket. You're delivered a box. Inside the box, you find a variety of objects, along with an invitation... beckoning you to solve a mysterious puzzle. You accept the invitation, and are connected online to a detective who needs the clues in your box to start connecting the pieces... but... the pieces to what? As the plot unfolds into a night of twists and turns –along with virtual live performances that plunge you deeper into a world of noir and intrigue –you realize this is about much more than random items in a box. You begin to wonder: in this virtual game of cat and mouse... Who's chasing who? And why is one of your objects a clock that's slowly counting down? And... perhaps most importantly of all... what happens when it hits zero?
Run time: 60 minutes.
PAINTING FOR ONE:
PAINT IN A BOX.
February 9 - 20
It's time for Andy and Laura's Painting for Two – the BEST paint-by-numbers instructional show on public access WBPP! By signing up for this week's show, you've received your canvas and paints in the mail, and you'll be following along with Andy and Laura to make it a masterpiece in a night where wine and canvas meets live theatre. One small change: Laura isn't here. She's gone. But... Andy's here, live... from the living room they once shared... and he's ready to make this blank canvas into a stunning piece of art with YOU! Also, due to budget cuts, we may need him to host a few more shows throughout the evening... also the future of the station may be at stake. But... it'll be fine, right? Yeah... yeah it'll be... fine...
Run time: 60 minutes.
Written & Performed
By Minita Gandhi
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
January 8 - 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 Anna Ziegler
Mary MacDonald Kerr
March 12 - April 4, 2021
Tom and Amber are college freshmen at Princeton. They are overwhelmed, overstimulated, sleep-deprived, surrounded by strangers, uncertainty and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong? A smart, profound exploration of the culture of sexual consent. A perfectly complex tale for the #MeToo age.
By Bekah Brunstetter
June 26 - July 18, 2021
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.
Renaissance Theaterworks Anti-racism statement of action
On June 1, 2020, in response to the systemic and inexcusable racial hatred and violence against Black people in our country, Renaissance Theaterworks created a Statement of Solidarity.
Today, September 15, 2020, we have created a Statement of Action.
Because actions speak louder.
We believe who gets to tell the story matters.
And that at its best theater reflects our world back to us.
Our whole world. All colors, all abilities, all identities.
We acknowledge the legacy of racism and racial exclusion in theater.
We resolve to contribute to a just and equitable future for all.
We pledge to dismantle and disrupt systemic racism in our theater community.
Systemic change must be enacted through long-term far-reaching commitments.
This action plan is a living document to be amended as we learn and grow.
To this end here is our list of action steps.
In this spirit, Renaissance Theaterworks commits to:
Renaissance Theaterworks' mission is to create moving theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We are dedicated to artistic excellence and to promoting the work of women onstage and off.
improving gender parity
Think Beyond the Black Box
Since 1993, Renaissance Theaterworks has been a local leader in providing opportunities for women theater artists both onstage and off. We have mounted over 100 full productions and staged-readings. Among these are:
- Nine original works by Wisconsin playwrights
- Seven World Premieres
- One North American Premiere.
We have told many women’s stories and provided opportunities for over 700 theater professionals — 75% of these have been women.
Today, we remain Milwaukee’s only women-founded, women-run professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity. Dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off, we create professional theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We produce moving, intimate, thought-provoking theater. Beginning in Fall 2020, we will begin performing at 255 S Water Street, also the home of Next Act Theatre.
Think beyond the black box to the bright future of Renaissance Theaterworks as we embrace what's ahead in our 28th season of Theater By Women For Everyone.