Renaissance Theaterworks Announces Its 2018-2019 Season, She Blinded Me With Science



A season to feature strong scientific female characters in, a hot-button horticulture feud between neighbors, a brilliant scientist left out of history, and the intergalactic destiny of a 13-year-old

 The Fifth Annual Br!NK New Play Festival for Midwestern women playwrights, returns

 Support Women Artists Now with the international S.W.A.N. Day celebration


Milwaukee, WIs. (February 27, 2018) – Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) announces its 26th season of providing roles for women onstage and off with its 2018-2019 season lineup. Featuring 3 mainstage productions written by women playwrights, Renaissance Theaterworks announces its season, “She Blinded Me with Science,” tackling topical themes of race, class, ambition, privilege, inclusion, and more, this season will showcase strong scientific female characters in each production. The season was announced to the public on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Renaissance Theaterworks’ celebration of S.W.A.N. (Support Women Artists Now) Day.

The season 2018-2019 season kicks off with the Br!NK NEW PLAY FESTIVAL, July 31 – August 5, 2018, followed by NATIVE GARDENS, a hot-button comedy by Karen Zacarias, running October 19 – November 11, 2018. Following the 2019 New Year, the story of a brilliant physicist on the brink of uncovering the structure of DNA, PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler, running January 18 – February 10, 2019. In Spring, RTW will mount its first full Br!NK production, ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN, written by 2017 Br!NK playwright, Reina Hardy. Running March 29 – April 21, 2019, this new work tells the story of a 13-year-old science genius as she discovers her intergalactic destiny. All productions will be performed in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. Season subscriptions are currently available and single tickets will go on sale in early September 2018. For more information, visit





By Karen Zacarias

October 19 – November 11, 2018

Directed by Marti Gobel

In this brilliant new, hot-button comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class and privilege.

“Guthrie presents the best comedy of the year!”   –   The Star Tribune



By Anna Ziegler

January 18 – February 10, 2019

Directed by Suzan Fete

London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of discovering what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix.  At the center of the scientific breakthrough is the work of a driven young physicist named Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the achievement of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history books? A play about ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness.

“A remarkable balance of scientific subject matter and theatrical storytelling…in a play that glows with intelligence and humanity.” –  Backstage (Critic’s Pick)



By 2017 Br!NK Playwright, Reina Hardy

March 29 – April 21, 2019

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS.  One night in August, during a meteor shower, Annie meets Althea, an intergalactic supercomputer that manifests itself in the form of a mean girl with really great hair. Althea’s here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars, but being the Chosen One isn’t all glory. What is Althea hiding? And what will Annie have to sacrifice to fulfill her destiny? A play for all audiences about finding your place in the universe, and intelligent life in your neighborhood.

“A delightful evening at the theater…a play that deserves to be produced!” –  Pam Kriger



The Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK Award is presented annually to Midwestern women playwrights to develop and advance their work. Now in its fifth year, Br!NK continues to expand opportunities for women playwrights in week-long workshops, public staged readings, and the newest addition, the Br!NK Br!efs 10 minute plays.

Renaissance Theaterworks’ 2018 Br!NK  NEW PLAY FESTIVAL will take place July 31 – August 5, 2018 at the Broadway Theatre Center with touring dates and locations throughout the week leading up to the festival weekend. The Festival will showcase two new full-length plays and feature an assortment of Br!NK Br!efs 10 minute plays, submitted by Midwestern women playwrights under the prompts, “Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You,” “Pictures of Parity,” and “Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose.”

The full-length plays that will be developed and presented as staged-readings, along with the selection of 10 minute plays will be announced at a later date. For more information about the Br!NK New Play Festival, visit our website at



S.W.A.N. is an acronym for Support Women Artists Now, an international movement to celebrate and encourage the diversity and creativity of women artists.

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.

This is the 2nd annual S.W.A.N. Day Season Announcement Party that Renaissance Theaterworks has hosted. 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! Check out the local chapter, S.W.A.N. Day MKE, and other S.W.A.N. Day celebrations online.



In 1993, five women sat around a kitchen table and imagined a new theater company; A theater company committed to excellence with meaty, “beyond ingénue” roles for women and many other professional opportunities for women, too – on stage and off. More than twenty-five years later, their creation, Renaissance Theaterworks, has done all of that…and so much more.

Since its inception in 1993, RTW has mounted over 100 full productions and staged-readings. Among these are nine original works by Wisconsin playwrights, seven World Premieres and one North American Premiere. RTW has shared many women’s stories and provided opportunities for over 700 theater professionals, 75% of these have been women.

Today RTW remains Milwaukee’s only women-founded, women-run professional theater company. The Mission of Renaissance Theaterworks is to create moving theater that connects with our shared sense of being human; dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off.

Suzan Fete, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Renaissance Theaterworks shares, “Renaissance Theaterworks has come a long way since 1993, but the mission and vision born at that kitchen table remain vibrant and vital [over] 25 years later. We are determined to make our next quarter century as spectacular as our first.”

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. 

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