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Br!NK New

Play Festival

The 2018 Br!Nk New Play Festival Will be held

July 31 - August 5, 2018

Touring at various Greater Milwaukee Area locations and at the Broadway Theatre Center

WHAT IS

Br!NK?

 

Renaissance Theaterworks presents the Br!NK Award annually to Midwestern women playwrights to develop and advance their work. The Br!NK resident playwrights spend a week with a director, cast, and dramaturg workshopping their play. Following the workshop week, the plays are presented as staged-readings for the public at the week-long Br!NK New Play Festival.

 

The Br!NK Festival is unlike a traditional theatrical evening. These staged-readings are all about the playwright's work. At Br!NK, audience members are encouraged to stick around after the show and give feedback to the playwrights. You'll meet the actors and directors, and hang out with a community of people passionate about creating and enjoying art.

 

The Festival also consists of the Br!NK Br!efs - a collection of fully staged 10-minute plays, and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights.

 

Festival goers can enjoy as many or as few events as they choose. Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Br!NK New Play Festival activities!

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Br!NK Resident Playwrights

 

These select playwrights are offered a weeklong residency to workshop their script with a director, dramaturg, and full cast; a team dedicated to researching and considering the play from every angle.

 

Following the residency, staged readings of the script are toured to Milwaukee-area venues, culminating in a weekend festival at the Broadway Theatre Center. After each reading we offer a guided talkback with the playwright to obtain audience feedback.

 

2017 Br!NK Plays

 

ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN by Reina Hardy

Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, a meteor falls, and 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.

 

THE ENDURANCE OF LIGHT by Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Sophie, a scientist, refuses to leave her bed. Instead, she spends her time lost in piles of books, trying to discover the reason for her multiple miscarriages. Her husband and her mother desperately try to connect with her, unaware that her bedroom has become a surreal landscape where Sophie, along with Sir Ernest Shackleton and his ship, The Endurance, are perpetually trapped in the Antarctic ice. Guided by an irreverent Albert Einstein and spirited Hildegard Von Bingen, Sophie must navigate the mysterious forces that now threaten to trap her forever as past and present, faith and science, collide.

 

STAGED-READINGS

9/7 - Toured Reading of ANNIE JUMP at Waukesha Civic Theatre @ 7PM (264 W Main St, Waukesha)

9/8 - Toured Reading of ANNIE JUMP at UW Parkside @ 7PM (900 Wood Rd, Kenosha)

9/9 - Festival Reading of ANNIE JUMP at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 7PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

9/10 - Festival Reading of ENDURANCE at The Broadway Theatre Center @7PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

9/11 - Toured Reading of ENDURANCE at Memories Ballroom @ 7PM (1077 Lake Dr, Port Washington)

9/12 - Toured Reading of ENDURANCE at Juneau Park @ 7PM (Solomon Statue, 900 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee)

 

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Br!NK Br!efs

 

A collection of 10-minute plays by Midwestern women playwrights, performed over the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center.

 

Prompts are shared on our website throughout the year, so keep an eye out for submission information! The Br!efs scripts that are chosen to be a part of the

Br!NK New Play Festival (Next Br!NK Festival: September 2018) will be fully staged.

 

This year "Br!efs" will consist of seven, 10-minute plays, written by Midwestern women playwrights under the prompts, “FORTUNE FAVORS THE BOLD” & “FOOLS RUSH IN.” From whimsical comedies to heartfelt dramas, this sample platter of theater features stories about friends, lovers, sisters, mothers, dogs, robots, clowns, 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.

 

DID YOU THINK I WOULD FORGET YOU? by Kelly Bancroft

A woman goes about her day after learning of the planet's impending doom.

 

THE END OF THE ROAD by Claudia Haas

Beth and Letia are on a road trip to scatter their late mother’s ashes. But a fork in the road changes their plans. They end up on a road to nowhere with no idea how to back to somewhere.

 

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS by Emma Kiel

The night before her daughter’s wedding, Deborah discovers something that could tear her life and family apart. Twenty minutes before the ceremony, her daughter finds out too. As the big moment approaches, the only thing that’s certain is that nothing will ever be the same.

 

BOLD DOROTHY, RETIRED. by Colleen O’Doherty

Strong-arm and Indestructible are two superheroes trying to start a superhero non-profit. They initially doubt that Dorothy, a retired teacher, has what it takes to make their team the best. They're about to learn a lesson about true heroism. Can they learn it in time to defeat evil and save the day?

 

I HEAR EVERYTHING by Gwendolyn Rice

A man with a rare hearing condition is tormented by the sounds of daily life. His refuge is working in a special — very quiet — section of the Newberry Library. Much to his surprise, one day he meets his match, a woman who struggles to be heard.

 

A ROBOT, A CLOWN AND A TURBAN by Karen Saari

Spend a day in the life of a robot, a clown and their co-workers in an otherwise mundane office environment. This stew of oddballs will make you laugh and maybe even cheer as they prove that when we have to, anyone can find love and anyone can get along.

 

DOG HEROES by Lillian Schley

Two dogs struggle with the effects of sudden internet fame on their friendship.

 

PERFORMANCES

Saturday, September 9 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 3PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

Sunday, September 10 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 3PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

All seven, 10-minute plays will be featured at each performance over the Festival Weekend.

 

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Playwriting Labs

 

 We offer two workshops during the Festival Weekend for any and all professional or aspiring playwrights. These participatory Labs are designed to give playwrights an opportunity to ask questions, find inspiration, and develop skills.

 

"Writing Backwards" with Mary Ruth Clarke

Saturday, September 9 - The Broadway Theatre Center @ 11AM - 1PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee - 2nd floor Bar & Bistro)

 

Do you…

• Get to page 30 of a play in progress, where it begins to morph, and overwhelmed, you panic and abandon ship?

• Have a chronic case of first scene-itis, rewriting that first scene over and over?

• Find your play mired in reams of brilliant character dialog in scene after scene, but the drama isn’t getting anywhere?

Through discussion and exercises, this workshop will focus on several “Ways In” to the process of creation.  We will examine reverse engineering your story as a way to unearth the essential and avoid unnecessary detail, first advocated by Aristotle as “Cause and Effect” (or rather Effect and Cause).  We will also explore character Crisis Decision as a Way In, as well as why writing the ending first is a technique used by many writers.

Prior to the workshop, participants will be required to read an assigned play, which we will use as a launch point in our discussion.  You can download it here.

Participants should bring a work in progress or the broad strokes of a story idea.

 

ABOUT MARY RUTH

Mary Ruth Clarke co-wrote and starred in the original Meet the Parents and co-adapted it into the blockbuster version, starring Robert De Niro. Bonhoeffer’s Cost has been produced at the Beacon Theater in Philadelphia, the Provision Theater in Chicago, Suffer The Long Night, a farce co-written with her “Meet The Parents" partner, Greg Glienna has been produced in Los Angeles at Meta Theater and Agape Actor’s Co-op. Address Unknown was produced in Chicago by 20% Theater Company and at the Fury Theater. Her solo performance, I Could Kill Him For Dying recently ran at Three Cat Productions in Chicago. She is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, where she just finished a 28 hour workshop and had a Saturday Series reading of her almost one-woman musical, Fay Burns. Mary Ruth teaches screenwriting and writing for the small screen at Chicago Dramatists, and has critiqued about a gazillion plays and screenplays. She is a regular guest lecturer at the Chicago Screenwriter’s Network monthly meet up and ran a Master’s Class for the Chicago Independent Film Project in December. She is a member of the Writer’s Guide of America East and the Dramatists Guild.

 

"Writing the Ten Minute Play" with Jennifer Rumberger

Sunday, September 10 - The Broadway Theatre Center @ 11AM - 1PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee - 2nd floor Bar & Bistro)

 

How can you create a lasting impact on an audience and create memorable characters in ten minutes?  During this workshop, we'lll explore the foundations of storytelling, and how to use conflict and character to create drama.  We’ll also look at ways to find inspiration and ideas in our everyday lives, as well as explore some in class exercises to get the wheels turning on putting our ten minute plays down on paper.  We’ll talk about methods to stay disciplined as a writer, as well as ways to find opportunities to submit your plays to theaters, or even produce your work yourself.

 

ABOUT JENNIFER

Jennifer Rumberger is a Chicago-based playwright and performer. Upcoming and recent productions include Night in Alachua County with Wildclaw Theater in the fall of 2017, Open Blue Sky at Stella Adler/ Tisch School of the Arts and The Bridewith the Living Room Playmakers and Chicago Fringe Festival.  Jennifer’s work has been developed or presented by The Lark Playwrights Center, id Theatre Company, The Gift Theatre Company, Black Box Acting Studio, The Living Room Playmakers, Commission Theatre Company, Wordsmyth Theatre Company, White Rose Miami, Northwestern University, The Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and Chicago Dramatists. She recently performed her nonfiction prose as a part of Hybridsalon3 with the Genesis Ensemble and as a part of TEN 2017 at the Gift Theatre Company.  She was a 2015 nominee for the PoNY Fellowship and a 2015 semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, and a 2016 finalist for the Ingram New Works Playwrights Lab. She is a founding member and associate playwright with the Living Room Playmakers in Chicago. MFA: Northwestern University.

 

 

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