Always an audience favorite at our annual Br!NK New Play Festival, the Br!NK Br!efs are ten-minute, fully-staged plays written by women playwrights from the Midwest, in response to intriguing prompts. We have carefully chosen five of the best Br!efs from the last three seasons to create a thoroughly enjoyable evening. This collection contains heroic canines, justified vengeance, flying pigs, secrets suddenly revealed, and an IT showdown between Alexa and Siri. Enjoy these emerging, powerful voices, right from our own backyard!
In the Theater: June 4–20
Streaming: June 11–30
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 19 - April 11, 2021
Back by popular demand, NEAT is a magical, often humorous, coming-of-age story. Based in the oral traditions of the African Diaspora, award-winning playwright, Charlayne Woodard is a modern-day griot. As an infant, Woodard’s beloved Aunt Beneatha (Neat), is denied treatment at the local “white” hospital, leaving her with permanent brain damage. But Neat possesses an enormous heart. With love and simplicity, Neat teaches young Charlayne to embrace black pride and cherish life through the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.
With Marti Gobel reprising her 2012 tour-de-force role.
Included in the subscription package.
BEST OF BR!NK BR!EFS
Audience favorites at our annual Br!NK New Play Festival
June 4 - 20, 2021
Virtual Option: June 11 - 30
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. Limited in-person seating + streaming option available.
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 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!
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 equity in the arts. 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.
Think beyond the black box to the bright future of Renaissance Theaterworks as we embrace what's ahead in our 29th season of Theater By Women For Everyone.