Renaissance Theaterworks to Perform “The Violet Hour” April 7-30

LOVE, FATE, AND AMBITION COLLIDE IN RENAISSANCE THEATERWORKS’ THE VIOLET HOUR

A mysterious machine propels paper that contains strange writings of the unforeseen future

Renaissance Theaterworks celebrates S.W.A.N. Day to kick off its 25th anniversary season in 2017-2018

Milwaukee, WIs. (March 8, 2017) – Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) will close its 2016-2017 season with a quirky comedy, THE VIOLET HOUR. Written by Richard Greenberg, this tale runs April 7 – 30, 2017 in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wis.)

In 1919, the dawn of the Jazz Age, John Pace Seavering, a struggling young publisher, receives an unusual manuscript from a machine of mysterious origin. What’s revealed on the strange pages may change John’s life forever. Directed by RTW Co-Founder and Artistic Director Suzan Fete, THE VIOLET HOUR features Milwaukee favorites, Marti Gobel and David Flores, Chicago-based actors, Neil Brookshire and Nicholas Harazin, and Milwaukee new-comer, Cara Johnston.

Fete shares, “One thing that really appealed to me about THE VIOLET HOUR was the genre of magical realism and the fact that it’s a comedy. I’ve always been drawn to stories that are rooted in reality but incorporate fantastic or mythical elements. This will be the first comedy that I’ve directed in my 30+ years of theater and I’m so excited!”

THE VIOLET HOUR previews on April 7 and 8, opening the evening of April 8, and running through April 30, 2017. Tickets are $38 and are available through the Broadway Theatre Center box office by calling (414)-291-7800 or online at www.r-t-w.com. All performances are in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee, Wis.)

S.W.A.N. Day

S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an international holiday dedicated to supporting women in the arts, will kick off Renaissance Theaterworks’ 25th anniversary with the announcement of its 2017-2018 season line up.

S.W.A.N. Day is a holiday that was conceived by film critic, Jan Lisa Huttner (also known as the Hot Pink Pen) and WomenArts Executive Director, Martha Richards. The two activists had been looking for ways to build larger audiences for women artists and to build solidarity among women artists worldwide. They decided to declare an international holiday. 2017 marks the 10th annual S.W.A.N. Day celebration and Renaissance Theaterworks’ first iteration. S.W.A.N. Day is officially on the last Saturday of March, but all participants are encourages to celebrate it throughout the month of March (Women’s History Month). Every day is a good day to support women artists!

Renaissance Theaterworks will celebrate S.W.A.N. Day by announcing its 25th anniversary season on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 6:00 in the 2nd floor bar at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee Wis.). This free event will feature sneak peek actor readings from each of the 3 plays in RTW’s 2017-2018 season.

About Renaissance Theaterworks

For twenty-four years, Renaissance Theaterworks has been Milwaukee’s only professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity in the arts. Our mission is to create moving theater – from classics to world premieres – with attention to women’s roles both onstage and off. For more information, visit www.r-t-w.com.

Renaissance Theaterworks is a member of Theater Wisconsin and the Third Ward Arts District. We receive support from the United Performing Arts Fund, The Brico Fund, CAMPAC, the Evinrude Foundation, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Richard & Ethel Herzfeld Foundation, Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation, Milwaukee Arts Board, Sempercor Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Steigleder Charitable Trust, Wisconsin Arts Board, and private donors and foundations.

 

Performance Schedule

April 7 – 30, 2017

Preview Performances: Friday, April 7, 7:30pm & Saturday, April 8, 4:00pm

Opening Performance: Saturday, April 8, 8:00pm

See attached press kit for a complete schedule of performances

 

 

TICKETS

Single tickets $38 (plus tax and fees), groups (10+), student, and senior discounts are available.

 

“Only Tony Kushner matches Mr. Greenberg in linguistic richness and playfulness.” – New York Times

 

“…[The Violet Hour] is a chamber piece that muses on the elusive intersections between the past, the present and the future…” – Variety

 

 

THE VIOLET HOUR Artists

Director  –  Suzan Fete

Stage Manager  – Brandy Kline*

JOHN PACE SEAVERING  –  Neil Brookshire*

GIDGER –  David Flores

JESSIE BREWSTER  –  Marti Gobel*

DENIS MCCLEARY  –  Nicholas Harazin*

ROSAMUND PLINTH  –  Cara Johnston

Costume Design –  Jason Orlenko

Co-Sound Design  –  Morgan Lake

Lighting Design – Noele Stollmack

Props Design  –  Madelyn Yee

Scenic Design –  Steve Barnes

Technical Director – Anthony Lyons

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

 

THE VIOLET HOUR previews on April 7 and 8, opening the evening of April 8, running through April 30, 2017. Tickets are $38 and are available through the Broadway Theatre Center box office by calling (414)-291-7800 or online at www.r-t-w.com. All performances are in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee, Wis.)

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