Three short plays by playwrights of color


By José Rivera

By Lynn Nottage

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.

BELONGING virtual performances: December 4-20, 2020.
All three short plays are 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. A portion of proceeds will benefit YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s efforts to end racism. 

We look forward to having you join us for this thought-provoking collection of short plays!

You are only free when you realize you belong no place –you belong every place– no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. ~Maya Angelou

The BELONGING short play collection

By José Rivera

Directed by Melanie Queponds

A young Latina bears the child of a mystical winged man. A lyrical play about home, hope and identity. Featuring Leslye Martinez, Ashley Rodriguez, Isabel Quintero and Alexandro Zatarain.

José Rivera studied with Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez at the Sundance Institute, and the influence of the magical realist style can often be found in his plays. Read more about José Rivera.

By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Marti Gobel

When Loureen comes to the end of her rope, she doesn’t expect her husband to spontaneously combust. Now she has a pile of ashes on the floor, and a life to reclaim. Featuring Melody Betts and Lachrisa Grandberry.

Lynn Nottage is the first, and remains the only, woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice. Read more about Lynn Nottage.

By Alayna Jacqueline

Directed by Jamil Mangan

Haunting and heartbreaking, this short play contains an entire lifetime as it explores the devastation brought by police violence against Black people. After premiering at our Br!NK 2018 New Play Development Festival, our production of ALL OF THE EVERYTHING was a finalist at the 2019 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in NYC. Featuring Malkia Stampley and Chiké Johnson.

"Art—specifically theatre—can be used to teach, heal, strengthen, and create empathy within our community." Read more about Alayna Jacqueline.

BELONGING is good for business. As our local business community looks for ways to engage in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives, Renaissance Theaterworks’ BELONGING series offers a powerful learning tool. By viewing these accessible, short plays, teams of employees have a focal point to guide their discussion of racial justice topics. Contact us to find out more.


Dana Dossett, Development Manager

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Please read before purchasing your ticket

  • All three short plays are presented as a collection – with your ticket you will be able to watch all three plays. Run time: 60 minutes.
  • BELONGING is free to Renaissance Theaterworks' subscribers. As a subscriber, you should have received an email with a promo code. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox. If you can’t find it, please email [email protected] or call Marketing Director Lucia Lozano at 262-352-3757.
  • TICKET PRICES: Standard: $40. Under age 40: $20. Students/Artists/Educators: $10. Additional fees will be charged at time of purchase.
  • If you don't have an account with Broadway On Demand, you will be prompted to create an account.
  • NOTE: Please do not click on "show all bundles". The Broadway On Demand platform that we're using to make BELONGING available to you has a few glitches that have not been resolved.

Live Virtual performances

Live, virtual performances took place December 4-December 6. Please follow the link below to watch the on-demand performance.

Streaming Performances

On Demand streaming will be available on December 9-13 and December 16-20, 2020. You will be able to watch for 24 hours after your purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: For all on-demand performances, Broadway On Demand will not send you an email with the access link right away but closer to your selected date. The above link will also direct you to your on-demand performance.

Together, we’re unstoppable! COVID-19 has created unprecedented financial challenges, and we rely on friends like you more than ever. Your financial support of Renaissance Theaterworks, in any amount, goes further. We have an uninterrupted, 28-year history of being debt-free, accomplished through sound fiscal management and doing more with less. With us, your dollars are wisely invested. Donate here.

"Theater teaches empathy. Without empathy, there is no justice."


Short plays that stretch you mind. Renaissance Theaterworks offers three works by playwrights of color. It’s an adventure. By Dominique Paul Noth, for Urban Milwaukee

Renaissance Theaterworks and BELONGING in Telemundo. A focus on "The Winged Man" by José Rivera, featuring Leslye Martinez, Ashley Rodriguez, Isabel Quintero and Alexandro Zatarain. An interview with Jocelyne Pruna

“(...) The pandemic has cost the world – 'that sense of shared experience, of audiences breathing together.' This is something that we cannot lose, all the artists involved say even as they are forced to use new muscles and skills." Read this article by Dominique Noth published in Urban Milwaukee to learn more about how Renaissance Theaterworks and other Milwaukee theaters are using creativity and innovation to adapt to this new reality.