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Br!NK New

Play Festival

Showcasing the NEW work of Midwestern women playwrights

The 2019 Br!Nk New Play Festival Will be held

SEPTEMBER 7 - 8, 2019

NEW LOCATION NŌ STUDIOS - 1037 West McKinley Ave

 

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2019 Br!NK Resident Playwrights

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteInna Tsyrlin

STITCHED WITH A SICKLE AND A HAMMER, 2019

BIOGRAPHY

Inna Tsyrlin received the Trisolini Graduate Fellowship (Ohio University) for Stitched with a Sickle and Hammer, and the play is the 2019 Br!NK New Play Festival finalist (Milwaukee, WI) and 2020 Alliance/Kendeda Playwriting Competition finalist (Atlanta, GA). Her work has been presented in New York City at The Rising Sun Performance Company, Emerging Artists Theater, HB Playwrights Theatre, and Manhattan Repertory Theater.

PLAY SYNOPSIS

Aleksandra, a university student arrested by the Soviets for reading an article from the West, is sent to a Gulag camp for seven-years. To help survive her sentence, she joins the camp’s theatre troupe but when she learns that she’ll be performing for the American Vice-President Henry Wallace, she faces a life or death decision. Will she comply with the charade and pretend she is a free woman so she can survive the Gulag? Aleksandra realizes she has unintentionally signed up for a scheme to deceive Wallace, and the world, that she and other political prisoners across the Soviet Union do not exist. She prepares for two roles: the character on stage – Nina from Chekhov’s The Seagull – and the role of an actor who’s isn’t imprisoned. The theatre troupe becomes Aleksandra’s family, she even falls for the director. While preparing for the performance she realizes that truth requires even greater sacrifice than her arrest. Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer is centered around an actual event where Wallace visited the camp in May of 1944, but instead of seeing a hard labor camp, he saw a façade of a town.

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteKaren Saari

'RAIN ON FIRE, 2019

BIOGRAPHY

Karen Saari's IN A CLEARING premiered at Magnetic Theatre Company (Asheville, NC) in 2018 following development via Last Frontier Theatre Conference and Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival and was an O'Neill Conference semi-finalist. Her one-acts have been performed across the country. Her comedy, BAD IN BED (A Fairy Tale), premiered with Acadiana Rep (Lafayette, LA) in 2018. She is a member of Dramatists Guild and Playwrights Center.

PLAY SYNOPSIS

Marie, a failed musician, returns home to plan her pill addict mother Lorraine's funeral. She discovers "Rain," a closet poet, left a surprising final request for Marie to carry out with her cousin Caleb. Caleb is a meth user that cared for 'Rain in her final months. They must compose a song out of one of Lorraine's poems to perform at her funeral in this sometimes funny, sometimes painful look at the opiate crisis in Michigan's northwoods.

2019 Br!NK Br!efs Playwrights

All of these Br!efs were written based on three different prompts, each involving objects the playwrights needed to include in their play:

 

Round 1: Apple, Globe, Bucket

Round 2: Lyre, Headphones, Scarf

Round 3: Bear, Wine, Fan

 

The six selected Br!NK Br!efs are:

 

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by Emily Elliot

Directed by Elliotte Puckette

 

THE ARRANGEMENT by Jennifer Dobby

Directed by Karen Estrada

 

A VERY DRAMATIC SCENE by Deanna Strasse

Directed by Trevor Rees

 

HOLIDAY CARDS by Nicole Amsler

Directed by Maria Pretzl

 

GLASS SLIPPER by Molly Peterson

Directed by Dana Dossett

 

FOCUS by Lezlie Revelle Zucker

Directed by Dana Strothenke

 

Come see these six, fun 10-minute plays over the Br!NK New Play Festival and see if you can identify which round they submitted for!

 

PAST Br!NK PLAYWRIGHTS

 

WHAT IS

Br!NK?

 

Each year, Renaissance Theaterworks puts a call out for Midwestern women playwrights to submit their work. Two playwrights are selected to receive the Br!NK Residency Award 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 (Touring September 3-6 and at NO Studios September 7-8, 2019).

 

The Br!NK New Play Festival is unlike a traditional theatrical evening. These staged-readings are about the playwright’s work. At Br!NK, audience members are encouraged to stick around after the reading 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 new theatrical works.

 

The Br!NK New Play Festival also consists of Br!NK Br!efs - a collection of fully-staged 10-minute plays presented September 7-8, 2019. Festival goers are encouraged to enjoy all Br!NK events. We need YOU to help develop these plays!

 

Phot of the cast of THE HALL OF FINAL RUIN

Br!NK Resident Playwrights

 

These select playwrights are offered a week-long 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 new, NO Studios. After each reading we offer a guided talkback with the playwright to obtain audience feedback.

 

2019 Br!NK Plays

 

STITCHED WITH A SICKLE AND A HAMMER by Inna Tsyrlin

Aleksandra, a university student arrested by the Soviets for reading an article from the West, is sent to a Gulag camp for seven-years. To help survive her sentence, she joins the camp’s theatre troupe but when she learns that she’ll be performing for the American Vice-President Henry Wallace, she faces a life or death decision. Will she comply with the charade and pretend she is a free woman so she can survive the Gulag? Aleksandra realizes she has unintentionally signed up for a scheme to deceive Wallace, and the world, that she and other political prisoners across the Soviet Union do not exist. She prepares for two roles: the character on stage – Nina from Chekhov’s The Seagull – and the role of an actor who’s isn’t imprisoned. The theatre troupe becomes Aleksandra’s family, she even falls for the director. While preparing for the performance she realizes that truth requires even greater sacrifice than her arrest. Stitched with a Sickle and a Hammer is centered around an actual event where Wallace visited the camp in May of 1944, but instead of seeing a hard labor camp, he saw a façade of a town.

 

Directed by Libby Amato

 

'RAIN ON FIRE by Karen Saari

Marie, a failed musician, returns home to plan her pill addict mother Lorraine's funeral. She discovers "Rain," a closet poet, left a surprising final request for Marie to carry out with her cousin Caleb. Caleb is a meth user that cared for 'Rain in her final months. They must compose a song out of one of Lorraine's poems to perform at her funeral in this sometimes funny, sometimes painful look at the opiate crisis in Michigan's northwoods.

 

Directed by Samantha Martinson

 

STAGED-READINGS

Toured Readings September 3 - 6, 2019

 

Saturday, September 7- Festival Weekend Reading of 'RAIN ON FIRE by Karen Saari at NŌ Studios @ 7:00 PM (1037 West McKinley Ave, Milwaukee)

Sunday, September 8 - Festival Weekend Reading of STITCHED WITH A SICKLE AND A HAMMER by Inna Tsyrlin at NŌ Studios @ 7:00 PM (1037 West McKinley Ave, Milwaukee)

Phot of the cast of THE HALL OF FINAL RUIN

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 are fully staged.

 

All of these Br!efs were written based on three different prompts, each involving objects the playwrights needed to include in their play:

 

Round 1: Apple, Globe, Bucket

Round 2: Lyre, Headphones, Scarf

Round 3: Bear, Wine, Fan

 

2019Br!NK Br!efs

 

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE by Emily Elliot

Directed by Elliotte Puckette

 

THE ARRANGEMENT by Jennifer Dobby

Directed by Karen Estrada

 

A VERY DRAMATIC SCENE by Deanna Strasse

Directed by Trevor Rees

 

HOLIDAY CARDS by Nicole Amsler

Directed by Maria Pretzl

 

GLASS SLIPPER by Molly Peterson

Directed by Dana Dossett

 

FOCUS by Lezlie Revelle Zucker

Directed by Dana Strothenke

 

Come see these six, fun 10-minute plays over the Br!NK New Play Festival and see if you can identify which round they submitted for!

 

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. All six 10-minute Br!NK Br!efs will be performed during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at NŌ Studios on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 PM.

 

PERFORMANCES

 

Saturday, September 7 - Br!NK Br!efs Performance at NŌ Studios @ 2:00 PM (1037 West McKinley Ave, Milwaukee)

Sunday, September 8 - Br!NK Br!efs Performance at NŌ Studios @ 2:00 PM (1037 West McKinley Ave, Milwaukee)

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