New Play Staged Readings at Renaissance Theaterworks


Next week, Milwaukee audiences will get a glimpse at new theatrical work and the process that creates it. September 8-14, Renaissance Theaterworks will present the second annual Br!NK New Work Festival, a week-long series of staged readings that tours the greater Milwaukee area.

Br!NK begins in August as a 1-week residency for two Midwestern women playwrights. During this residency, playwrights workshop their script with a creative team dedicated to researching and considering the play from every angle. In September, those two plays are presented as readings, with audience feedback encouraged at the end of each performance in a talkback with the playwrights and directors.

The staged readings are free and open to the public (suggested $10 donation) – for a full schedule and more information about the plays, read below or visit

The Hall of Final Ruin by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos:

Doña Gertrudis ‘La Tules’ Barcelo, the high-stakes gambler and wealthy madrina of 19th century

Santa Fe, is determined to die a good death and be buried in the floor of her beloved church, La

Parroquia. But before she can leave this mortal world, the cunning cardshark must cope with

the eccentric aspirations of her granddaughters, unload an unwieldy fortune in gold coins, and

orchestrate a final card game in which the fate of her eternal soul and her entombment ‘under

the feet of Santa Fe’ ultimately rests.

The Sweeter the Crime by Katherine Glover:

Virginia Sondergaard seems to know who killed Craig Bowman, the local principal and Virginia’s

illicit lover twenty years back, but it’s hard to say. Her mind is going, she’s beginning to confuse

her past with her present, and when she is lucid, she doesn’t always tell the truth, especially to

her estranged son Richard, the police detective assigned to the case.

Suggested donation of $10. General seating, tickets are not available for pre-purchase. With

questions, please contact Mallory Metoxen, Artistic Associate, at 414.273.0800 x203.

September 8-14

Tuesday, September 8 – Woodland Pattern 7:00 pm

The Sweeter the Crime

Wednesday, September 9 – Woodland Pattern 7:00 pm

The Hall of Final Ruin

Thursday, September 10 – 42 Ale House, Saint Francis 7:00 pm

The Sweeter the Crime

Friday, September 11 – Broadway Theatre Center 7:00 pm

The Hall of Final Ruin

Saturday, September 12 – Broadway Theatre Center, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

The Hall of Final Ruin

Saturday, September 12 – Broadway Theatre Center, 7:00 pm

The Sweeter the Crime

Sunday, September 13 – Broadway Theatre Center, 2:00 pm

The Sweeter the Crime

Monday, September 14 – Oconomowoc Arts Center, 7:00 pm

The Hall of Final Ruin

About Renaissance Theaterworks

For twenty-two 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

Renaissance Theaterworks is a member of Theater Wisconsin and the Third Ward Arts District. Renaissance Theaterworks receives support from United Performing Arts Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, Milwaukee Arts Board, CAMPAC, The Women’s Fund, The Herzfeld Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Steigleder Charitable Trust, and private donors and foundations.

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