RTW is thrilled to present our Second Annual Groundworks production, December 10-12, 2017. Groundworks stages bold, adventurous theater and cultivates the next generation of Milwaukee artists.
Groundworks provides opportunities for local, emerging artists to experiment and test their limits without the pressure and restrictions of a mainstage run. It also opens the door to new, diverse artists, and a variety of performance styles, in turn welcoming new audiences.
Join Renaissance Theaterworks for our GROUNDWORKS production of BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!) by Jami Brandli this December. Admission includes a free beer! Stay tuned for more information regarding tickets!
It's 1960 in North Orange, NJ. Clytemnestra and Medea are now housewives with a pill addiction, and Antigone is the teenage girl next door who is in love with a black boy. On the surface, they're seemingly blissful to follow the "rules” of Emily Post, the American author famous for writing on etiquette. But that's just the surface. Then Cassandra, a black working girl, moves into their neighborhood and all routines are interrupted. Cassandra is determined to finally break the curse of Apollo, the gorgeous and egotistical god who gave her this “gift” of prophecy but made it so no one would ever believe her. He makes it clear his curse is practically indestructible: all she has to do is convince someone to believe her. Can Cassandra convince them they now have a choice in this modern era? That they don't have to live a doomed existence? Can all four women escape their ongoing fate?