Renaissance Theaterworks in 2020: a time to innovate and reimagine.
Renaissance Theaterworks: 28 seasons of "Theater By Women For Everyone".
In crisis, we turn to art to help us make sense of the world. But how could we continue to bring theater to our audiences during a pandemic? After reimagining our 2020-21 season nine times, we have learned a great deal. We learned that we are more resilient and creative that we ever thought possible. We learned that, no matter what the future holds, we will never stop telling the stories that will make you feel more, think harder and laugh louder.
Most importantly, we learned that we would have never made it without you. Cheers to you, our community of theatergoers and supporters!
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!
The IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT series is not included in the subscription package but subscribers receive an automatic $10 off per ticket. SUBSCRIBE risk-free here.
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: 90 minutes.
THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT.
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: 75 minutes.
Three short plays
by playwrights of color
December 4 - 20, 2020
In response to the nationwide call for social justice, we present BELONGING, a collection of three theatrical gems exploring the complex question, “Who Belongs?”
THE WINGED MAN
By José Rivera
By Lynn Nottage
ALL OF THE EVERYTHING
By Alayna Jacquelyne
Included in the subscription package.
By Charlayne Woodard
March 12 - April 4, 2021
Based in the oral traditions of the African Diaspora, award-winning playwright Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. NEAT is the story of Woodard’s beloved Aunt Beneatha (Neat). As an infant, Neat is denied treatment at the local “white” hospital, resulting in her permanent brain damage. With her enormous love, Neat teaches Charlayne to cherish life through the turbulent 1960s and 70s.
Back by popular demand, Marti Gobel reprises her 2012 tour-de-force role.
Included in the subscription package. Single tickets will go on sale February 5, 2021.
BEST OF BR!NK BR!EFS
Audience favorites at our annual Br!NK New Play Festival
June 26 - July 18, 2021
The Br!NK Br!efs are ten-minute, fully-staged plays written by women playwrights from the Midwest, in response to intriguing prompts like: “Fortune Favors the Bold” or “It’s a Sign”. We have carefully chosen some of the best Br!efs from the last three seasons to create a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Prepare to be amazed by these emerging, powerful voices, right from our own backyard!
Included in the subscription package. Included in the subscription package. Single tickets will go on sale April 5, 2021.
The IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT series is not included in the subscription package but subscribers receive an automatic $10 off per ticket. Upcoming IN THE BOX shows include MANHUNT: MYSTERY IN A BOX and PAINTING FOR ONE: PAINT IN A BOX. Enjoy these live, interactive virtual experiences from the comfort of your home! Shows include a mystery box mailed directly to your home, which will fuel your at-home, interactive experience.
Single Tickets for NEAT will go on sale February 5, 2021. Single tickets for BEST OF BR!NK BR!EFS will go on sale April 5, 2021. Stay tuned!
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.