BRINK New Play Festival

At the BRINK New Play Festival we celebrate & develop the work of Midwestern women playwrights.

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When women are the storytellers, the human story changes.

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute

2022 BRINK New Play Festival Resident Playwrights

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Reina Hardy

Sunny Days

Reina Hardy's plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been produced in Chicago, New York City  and London. They include Glassheart (Rorsharch Theater and the Shrewds), Changelings (The Vortex),  Fanatical (The Stable) and Stargazers (Brighton Theatre Company, Theatre Nova). Honors include: Michener Fellowship, Kilroy’s List, National New Play Network New Play Showcase, Source Festival, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Interact 20/20 Commission, Kennedy Center ACTF TYA PRIZE.  Recently in 2021: a streaming production of The Other Felix in Dallas and the completion of the rolling world premiere of Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven with an outdoor socially distanced production in Austin, and a new production of Glassheart with the Know Theatre in Cincinnati. Out now: Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven from Broadway Play Publishing. Upcoming in 2022, the publication of Glassheart with TRW Plays. MFA: UT Austin Michener Fellow.

Sunny Days is a play for people and puppets that follows an educational children's television show called ABC City through three points in time. In the first act, we visit Kosovo, 2004, where two ABC City representatives meet with Serbian and Albanian filmmakers to create a show for the country's children despite centuries of resentment and gunfire outside the window. The second act brings us to 2019, where ABC City tours the Hutto Immigrant Detention Center as part of an attempt to provide enriching programming to the kids in detainment. Finally, the third act takes us to the distant future, when ABC City is a myth and a memory, as a young girl navigates the climate post-apocalypse in search of hope and of home.

Eileen Richards

Running with Coffee

Eileen Richards is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University studying Secondary English for a degree in Secondary Education because she believes in teaching about the healing power of writing. Her award-winning pieces include Snowglobal Warming (2020), Wingman (2019) and Allegations - produced in a MeToo Festival in 2018. She is looking forward to bringing Running With Coffee to life and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Renaissance Theaterworks. 

Running with Coffee is a tragi-comedy about mid-life, mental health and fighting over the washing machine - when your parents move back in.

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What is BRINK?

Each year, Renaissance Theaterworks puts a call out to Midwestern women playwrights to submit their work.

  • Two playwrights are selected to receive the BRINK Playwright Residency — the opportunity to develop and advance their scripts during a week-long workshop with a director, cast and dramaturg.
  • This dedicated team partners with the BRINK Resident Playwrights, researching and pondering the script from every angle.
  • Following the workshop week, the plays are presented as staged-readings for the public at the week-long BRINK New Play Festival in September!

The BRINK New Play Festival is unlike a traditional theatrical evening. These staged-readings are focused on the playwright’s work and audience members are encouraged to provide feedback during guided talk-back sessions. Playwrights have the opportunity to meet the actors and directors and mingle with a community passionate about creating and enjoying theatrical works.

Previously the BRINK New Play Festival weekend included performances of BRINK Briefs — a collection of fully-staged ten-minute plays and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights. We hope to bring these programs back soon. 

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BRINK 2022 is Supported by

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