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thought-provoking, intimate theater by women for Over 25 years

 

RENaissance Theaterworks Presents its

2019-2020 Season

 

A SEASON OF

STORIES OF HOW AND WHY WE EVOLVE

FEATURING THREE Bold, Edgy, and Exciting Plays,

 

THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman, a dark comedy about rerouting your life,

HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett, an absurd portrayal of the resilient human spirit,

and ACTUALLY by Anna Ziegler, a compromising circumstance that changed everything...

 

A thought-provoking season of Transformation that dares to question,

"WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP PRETENDING?"

BY Jen Silverman

OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Directed by Suzan Fete

FEaturing Marti Gobel & Isabel Quintero

Sharon has been respectable her whole life. Now in her mid-fifties and recently divorced, she needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, she realizes her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely.

A dark comedy about what it takes to reroute your life - and what happens when the wheels come off.

“Silverman’s THE ROOMMATE is a tragedy that subtly grows beneath peals of uproarious laughter!”  - Broadway World

by Samuel Beckett

JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Directed by Marie Kohler

Featuring Laura Gordon & Todd Denning

Winnie’s buoyant optimism shields her from the harsh glare of the inevitable in Beckett’s unforgettable masterpiece of modern theater.

Often referred to as “the Hamlet for actresses,” Winnie is a mountain of a role, both physically and emotionally. A summit part for Milwaukee’s virtuosic actor, Laura Gordon.

“HAPPY DAYS remains an absurdly funny and boundlessly compassionate portrait of the human spirit.” - New York Times

by Anna Ziegler

MARCH 27 -  APRIL 19, 2020

DIRECTED BY Mary MacDonald Kerr

FEATURING Emily Daly & Justin Jones

Tom and Amber are college freshmen at Princeton. They are overwhelmed, overstimulated, under slept, surrounded by strangers, full of tension, uncertainty, and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong?

Actually, is a smart, profoundly painful exploration of the culture of sexual consent. A perfectly complex tale for our #MeToo Age.

“[ACTUALLY] effectively questions a lot of dangerous lessons that young adults absorb about body image, sex, drinking, consent and responsibility, even in the ranks of higher education.” - The Washington Post

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SEPTEMBER 7-8, 2019

Developing the work of Midwestern Women Playwrights, the Br!NK New Play Festival gives audiences the opportunity to connect with the playwrights and give their feedback during interactive public staged-readings of the newly work-shopped scripts.

 

In addition to the staged-readings, the Br!NK New Play Festival also consists of the Br!NK Br!efs 10 Minute Play performances and Playwriting Labs; A week chock-full of new works by Midwestern women playwrights.

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