Renaissance Theaterworks Presents the Fifth Annual Br!nk New Play Festival

Showcasing the works of eight Midwestern women playwrights, Br!NK offers: Staged-Readings of the two 2018 Br!NK Resident Plays, Br!NK Br!efs – a collection of never-before-seen 10-minute plays, and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights

 

Milwaukee, Wis. (June 26, 2018) – Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) presents the Br!NK Award annually to Midwestern women playwrights to develop and advance their work. Br!NK continues to expand opportunities for women by offering playwriting labs to the public for aspiring or experienced playwrights, fully staging a collection of 10-minute plays, the Br!NK Br!efs, in addition to developing the two, full-length Resident Br!NK plays. THE SUREST POISON by Kristin Idaszak and NUBIAN STORIES by Nabra Nelson, have been selected from over 46 submissions to be presented as staged-readings during the Fifth Annual Br!NK New Play Festival, July 31 – August 5, 2018.

 

The 2018 Br!NK playwrights spend a week workshopping their play with a director, cast, and dramaturg; a team dedicated to researching and considering the play from every angle. The plays are then presented as staged-readings for the public over the Br!NK New Play Festival, touring to a variety of Greater Milwaukee area locations, July 31 – August 3, and at the Broadway Theatre Center (Cabaret Stage – 158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202) for the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend, August 4 & 5. Following each staged-reading, audience members are able to learn more about the writing and workshopping processes from the playwrights involved. Audiences are also encouraged to give constructive feedback of their experience to the playwright.

The staged-readings of the Resident Br!NK plays are presented throughout the Br!NK New Play Festival while the 10-minute Br!NK Br!efs aka “the Br!efs” and Playwriting Labs are only offered August 4 & 5 during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center. New to the festival in 2017, the Br!efs return to showcase the work of six new Midwestern women playwrights in never-before-seen 10-minute plays written under the prompts, “Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You,” “Pictures of Parity,”  and “Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose.” Selected from over 52 submissions, the 2018 Br!NK Br!efs plays and playwrights are: SAVIOR’S GRACE by Lineve Redlin, THAT BEAUTIFUL NOTHING by Parker Sterling, ALL OF THE EVERYTHING by Alayna Barnes, END OF AN ERA by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, BODIES by Rachel Bykowski, and JUNIPER FLIES by Maria Pretzl.

The Fifth Annual Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend will take place August 4 & 5 at the Broadway Theatre Center (Cabaret Stage – 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202) and consist of Playwriting Labs, Br!NK Br!efs 10-minute play presentations, and staged-readings of the newly developed plays, asking for audience feedback. The full-length staged-readings of the Residnet Br!NK plays, THE SUREST POISON and NUBIAN STORIES will tour at various Greater Milwaukee area locations, July 31 – August 3, 2018. A full schedule, listing of locations, and details about the Playwriting Labs will be available at www.r-t-w.com in July 2018.

 

TICKETS

Tickets for the Br!NK New Play Festival are available ONLINE ONLY at www.r-t-w.com or in person for day of sales. Br!NK Tickets cannot be purchased over the phone or through the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office. Br!NK Festival attendees will have the option to attend as many or as few events as they choose; Playwriting Labs & Br!NK tickets can be purchased in a V!P All-Access Package for greater savings. A suggested donation of $10 can be given upon arrival at toured reading locations.

 

Br!NK Single Tickets: $15/ticket

One (1) admissions into one (1) of the full-length Br!NK staged-readings (THE SUREST POISON or NUBIAN STORIES) OR one (1) of the Br!NK Br!efs Performances.

 

Br!NK Playwriting Labs: $20/Lab

One (1) admissions into one (1) Playwriting Lab Session (A total of two (2) Playwriting Labs will be offered during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center on August 4 & 5 at 11:00 AM)

 

Br!NK V!P All-Access Pass: $60/pass

One (1) admissions into any and all full-length Br!NK staged-readings (THE SUREST POISON & NUBIAN STORIES), both Br!NK Br!efs 10-minute play performances, AND both Playwriting Labs.

 

  • All staged-readings of the full-length resident Br!NK plays (THE SUREST POISON & NUBIAN STORIES) will take place at 7:00 PM (touring throughout Milwaukee, July 31 – August 3 and at the Broadway Theatre Center, August 4 & 5)
  • All Br!NK Br!efs 10-Minute Play Performances will take place at 2:30 PM (only during the Br!Nk New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center, August 4 & 5, 2018).
  • All Playwriting Labs will take place at 11:00 AM (only during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center, August 4 & 5, 2018).

 

More information about the plays, playwrights, performances times, and dates can be found at www.r-t-w.com/br!nk-festival. Information about the Playwriting Labs and toured locations will be posted to the website in July 2018.

 

THE RESIDENT Br!NK AWARD PLAYWRIGHTS & PLAYS

Kristin Idaszak (THE SUREST POINSON, 2018)

Kristin Idaszak, a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play ANOTHER JUNGLE (Relentless Award Honorable Mention) received its world premiere with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate in April 2018. She is the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Currently she is working on a commission from EST/The Sloan Foundation. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: UC San Diego. kristinidaszak.com

 

THE SUREST POISON SYNOPSIS

Before CSI, there was Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. Set against the backdrop of prohibition-era New York, THE SUREST POISON imagines his work through the eyes and typewriter of Lois Long, a flapper and intrepid reporter who wrote under the pen name Lipstick.

 

All Toured Reading locations are TBD, please check website in July 2018 for more details.

 

Tuesday, July 31 – Toured Reading at @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday, August 1 – Toured Reading @ 7:00 PM

Saturday, August 4 – Festival Reading at the Broadway Theatre Center @ 7:00 PM (Cabaret Stage – 158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

 

Nabra Nelson (NUBIAN STORIES, 2018)

Nabra Nelson is from California, Egypt, and now Milwaukee. She is the Community Engagement Associate at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and has worked with Renaissance Theaterworks as a dramaturg for Br!NK two summers in a row, and recently as the director of the Groundworks production BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!). She has worked locally as a director and deviser at UWM, The Battery Factory, Milwaukee Rep’s Rep Lab, APT’s Winter Words, and Ten Chimneys. Nationally, she has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Her short plays have been performed by the Multicultural Drama Company and Women’s Ensemble Theater Troupe in Santa Barbara, and NUBIAN STORIES is her first full-length script. She has a passion for new works and is incredibly honored to be working on this play at Renaissance Theaterworks.

 

NUBIAN STORIES SYNOPSIS

Nuba, a Nubian woman who was forcibly relocated from her village in the south of Egypt due to its intentional flooding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, tells the story of her people through her own incredible biography as well as through the ancient Nubian folkloric tales she grew up with. Based on a true story, NUBIAN STORIES is a play about loss and legacy set simultaneously in the past and present. It transports us to the village for a brief moment and makes us realize how far we are from a not-so-distant history that is being erased.

 

All Toured Reading locations are TBD, please check website in July 2018 for more details.

 

Thursday, August 2 – Toured Reading at @ 7:00 PM

Friday, August 3  – Toured Reading @ 7:00 PM

Sunday, August 5 – Festival Reading at the Broadway Theatre Center @ 7:00 PM (Cabaret Stage – 158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

 

THE Br!NK Br!EFS

This year “Br!efs” will consist of six, 10-minute plays, written by Midwestern women playwrights under the prompts, “Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You,” “Pictures of Parity,” & “Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose.” From whimsical comedies to thought-provoking dramas, this sample platter of theater features stories about love, loss, ambition, friendship, disparity, equality, and so much more. The Br!NK Br!efs will be performed during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 at 3:00 PM.

 

PROMPT: “Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You”

 

SAVIOR’s GRACE by Linive Redlin

When Tom lost his wife unexpectedly his life flew into a tailspin. Four years later he is slowly finding out that rock bottom isn’t as terrible as he thought it would be. With nothing left to lose he finds a path filled with hope, love and empathy.

 

THAT BEAUTIFUL NOTHING by Parker Sterling

What happens when, despite all their best efforts, two people on a first date learn about each other through a serious of accidental confessions in the context of some haute couture and a little prodding? Should we just save ourselves, and our dates, the trouble of six months of discovery and let it all hang out right from the start? “That Beautiful Nothing” questions what and who we think we should be on a date and what we find in laughter, failure, and silence.

 

PROMPT: “Pictures of Parity”

 

ALL OF THE EVERYTHING by Alayna Barnes

While a couple is out for a drive, the woman must manipulate time to share the details of their entire future together before they reach their destination where her life will change forever.

 

END OF AN ERA by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Aging Lorraine LeClair, having long inhabited the role of ‘Lady Addington,’ is being retired from the show after thirty-six years. Fresh out of acting school, her new (and much, MUCH! younger, grotesquely attractive) replacement, Jennifer Ashley-Rose Westerville, has arrived ready to assume the role, but not before the more experienced diva teaches the upstart actress a few brutal, backstage, battlefield tactics.

 

PROMPT: “Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose”

 

BODIES by Rachel Bykowski

Sergeant W. is one of the few, the proud…a mother f*cking Marine. She’s trained, she’s disciplined, but now she is home and the fighting still continues. She has witnessed first-hand the power of an automatic assault rifle and decided the best way to respect the weapon, is to leave it in the combat zone. However, the assault rifle has found her way back into Sergeant W.’s life and longs for W. to hold her again. It’s got a new body and name, a semi-automatic AR-15, but for Sergeant W. the violence is still the same.

 

JUNIPER FILES by Maria Pretzl

Upon seeing a rare yellow cardinal, Juniper, an imaginative young pig, decides to attempt something that no pig has ever done before… fly!

 

Saturday, August 4 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 2:30 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

Sunday, August 5 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 2:30 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

 

All six 10-minute plays will be featured at each performance over the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend.

 

 

PLAYWRITING LABS

On Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 of the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend, Renaissance Theaterworks will offer Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights! More details about each Playwriting Lab will be posted to the Renaissance Theaterworks website in July 2018 – Stay tuned! Registration is open to everyone.

 

Saturday, August 4 – Playwriting Lab @ 11:00 AM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

Sunday, August 5 – Playwriting Lab @ 11:00 AM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202)

 

Br!NK DETAILS

The Br!NK New Play Festival runs July 31 through August 5, 2018. Br!NK New Play Festival tickets, starting at $15/ticket, are available for purchase online or in person for day of sales. Visit www.r-t-w.com for updated information about the Br!NK New Play Festival.

 

“Contemporary playwrights do not have many opportunities to introduce new work to audiences and statistically, women playwrights have even fewer…I have participated in many readings and performances of my plays in the past…I have never had a better experience than I did at Renaissance.” – Gwendolyn Rice, 2014 Br!NK Playwright

 

“…I know that my play is much closer to being production ready because of Br!nk.”

– Philana Omorotionmwan, 2016 Br!NK Playwright

ABOUT RENAISSANCE THEATERWORKS

For twenty-five 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 that connects with our shared sense of being human, dedicated to promoting the work of women 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, Bader Philanthropies, 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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