Renaissance Theaterworks’ Third Annual Br!NK New Play Festival this September 8-13

Ten Thousand Moons Cast



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Third Annual Br!NK New Play Festival this September

Week-long festival presents new plays by local Midwestern women & playwriting workshops


Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK Award is presented annually to Midwestern female playwrights to develop and advance their work. Now in its third year, Br!NK continues to expand opportunities for women playwrights in week-long workshops, plus public workshops from 2014 Br!NK recipient Gwendolyn Rice.


Before Evening Comes:

Written by Philana Omorotionmwan

Directed by Marti Gobel

Featuring James Carrington, Marques Causey, Samantha Montgomery, & Ericka Wade


What becomes of black boys in a world firmly rooted in the belief that they pose a threat to public safety? In the dystopian future of 2083, they are forced to undergo a government-mandated surgery that leaves them crippled. Despite this, a mother of four fights to keep her sons off of the operating table in the best way she knows how. Will she be able to save her sons? Why does she continue to hope? How does she continue to dream in the face of overwhelming despair?


Saturday, 9/10 – The Broadway Theatre Center 2:00 pm

Sunday, 9/11 – The Broadway Theatre Center 7:00 pm

Monday, 9/12 – CORE/ElCentro 7:00 pm

Tuesday, 9/13 – Juneau Park 7:00 pm


Ten Thousand Moons From Here:

Written by Kathleen Allison Johnson & Gail Sterkel

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Featuring Libby Amato, Laura Gray, Tim Higgins, Sean Jackson, Josh Krause, Mary McLellan, & Trevor Rees


An intergalactic comedy. Aboard the spaceship “Harkness,” near the end of a thousand-year journey to a distant planet, the library’s on fire, the hibernating crew is defrosting uncontrollably, the attending robot is morphing into old film stars, and the ship is spiraling hilariously out of control. The five crew members clash over what awaits them when they land on New Day–the message sent by the resident aliens was a little vague.


Thursday, 9/8 – The Harris Theater at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts 7:00 pm

Friday, 9/9 – Centennial Hall, Loos Room 7:00 pm

Saturday, 9/10 – The Broadway Theatre Center 7:00 pm

Sunday, 9/11 – The Broadway Theatre Center 2:00 pm



About the Workshops:


Your Story on Stage:

This two-hour workshop is an interactive experience designed to help you turn your story into a play!

Saturday, 9/10 – The Broadway Theatre Center 10:00 am


The Art of the Ten Minute Play:

Theaters across the country host Ten Minute Play Festivals – this workshop will help you refine the art of the short play.

Sunday, 9/11 – The Broadway Theatre Center 10:00 am


Tickets for readings & workshops on the weekend of Sept. 10-11 are available online at!nk.html. Multiple weekend events can be bundled together for discounted prices. Suggested donation of $10 to readings at touring locations. Tickets to Broadway Theatre Center readings will be $10 online or $11-17 at the door. Call 414.273.0800 x203 with questions.



About Renaissance Theaterworks

For twenty-three 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. We receive support from the United Performing Arts Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin Arts Board, Milwaukee Arts Board, CAMPAC, the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, the Herzfeld Foundation, the Evinrude Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Steigleder Charitable Trust, and private donors and foundations. Br!NK is supported by The Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, & The Brico Fund.


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