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September 7-12, 2017

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

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Showcasing the works of Midwestern women playwrights

2017 Br!NK Resident Playwrights

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteReina Hardy

ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN, 2017

BIOGRAPHY

Reina Hardy is a playwright. Her plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been seen across the country, including at Rorschach Theatre in DC, the Vortex in Austin, and the 2013 NNPN National New Play Showcase. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission. She can make things happen with her mind.

 

ABOUT WRITING THE PLAY

I wrote “Annie Jump” in about three days in August, while the Perseids were falling (yes, really).   I was on deadline for a staged reading that I scheduled before I’d written a single page of the script.  This… is not how it usually happens, but man was it fun!As for the idea- years ago, I heard an NPR story about a man who maintained a website inviting aliens to contact him, and it stuck with me. That summer, while researching a different play, I read a science history book called “Coming of Age in the Milky Way” that described a theoretical concept much like the Library of Heaven.  The two ideas sort of collided, then Annie and Althea showed up from who knows where, already sniping at each other, already the best of friends. I sat on the idea for a couple of months until I had the time in my schedule to write it.  It brought together so many things that I've been thinking about for so long, and honestly it felt like a gift.

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS

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.

 

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Featuring Madeleine Farley, Bryce Lord, Ericka Wade, & Rachael Zientek

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteAmanda Petefish-Schrag

THE ENDURANCE OF LIGHT, 2017

BIOGRAPHY

Amanda Petefish-Schrag is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University where she teaches courses in performance and theatre history.  Her professional credits include work as a playwright, director, puppeteer, (and mom to Celia and Eli). Her playwriting has been produced at festivals in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Madison, and Iowa City, and has been published by Playscripts, Inc. Amanda is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

ABOUT WRITING THE PLAY

Ten years ago, I experienced a loss that countless women before me had already been through, (and countless more women will someday face), – a miscarried pregnancy. I realized in a new way why miscarriage proves such profoundly difficult subject matter.  It sits squarely at the intersection of numerous existentially-anxious issues - sex, death, religion, science, when life begins, and the very definition of life itself.  Yet in the years following my miscarriage, that needling question in the back of my brain, “Can we somehow talk about this?”, became the impetus for writing The Endurance of Light.

As I quickly discovered, grappling with miscarriage in the public sphere requires plunging into uncomfortable collisions headlong.  Exploring these intersections and attempting to reveal their inherent tensions; making them tangible, potent, and accessible, became the heartbeat of the play itself.

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS

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.

 

Directed by Suzan Fete

Featuring James Carrington, Flora Coker, Christopher Elst, Reva Fox, Laura Gray & David Sapiro

2017 Br!NK Br!efs Playwrights

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteKelly Bancroft

DID YOU THINK I WOULD FORGET YOU?

Kelly Bancroft lives in Youngstown, Ohio, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Her poetry and prose have appeared in a variety of journals. Two of her one-act plays have been produced in Youngstown and Pittsburgh - ARRIVING AT BESSIE and LOVIE’S SPRING. A short documentary based on ARRIVING AT BESSIE recently won a spot at the Cleveland International Film Festival and was featured on jezebel.com. She is currently working on a full-length play.

Directed by Jake Brockmann, Featuring Shannon Nettesheim

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteClaudia Haas

THE END OF THE ROAD

Claudia has had over 1100 productions in all fifty states and on five continents. Honored with 18 playwriting awards, her works have been developed through the Bonderman Symposium and the William Inge Festival among others. She’s been fortunate to have many of her plays published. She lives in White Bear Lake, MN with ducks in her garden.

Directed by Catie O'Donnell, Featuring Brittany Curran & Jordan Watson

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteEmma Kiel

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS

Emma Kiel is a playwright and director from Neenah, Wisconsin. She is currently pursuing her bachelor of arts in drama at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. As a writer, she has had work produced at UWSP and has contributed original work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Directed by Erin Eggers, Featuring Shannon Nettesheim, Audwin Short, & Elaine Wyler

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteColleen O'Doherty

BOLD DOROTHY, RETIRED.

Colleen O'Doherty is a writer based out of Omaha, NE. She is currently getting her MFA in play writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She teaches creative writing in schools and prisons through the Nebraska Writers Collective. She has had work staged with UNO and Shelterbelt Theater in Omaha, NE. Her poetry has been published in Burnt District. She dedicates her play to all the hard-working teachers and other working-class heroes she knows.

Directed by Christopher Elst, Featuring Cara Johnston, Nathanael Press, Elodie Senetra, & Michelle Waide

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteGwendolyn Rice

I HEAR EVERYTHING

Gwendolyn Rice is a professional writer and playwright based in Madison, Wisconsin. Among other freelance projects, she currently reviews theater and performing arts events for Isthmus and The Capital Times, and has also taught playwriting workshops for Children’s Theater of Madison, Renaissance Theaterworks, and the Milwaukee Rep. She is a member of Chicago Dramatists, the American Theater Critics Association, and the Dramatists Guild.

Directed by Suzan Fete, Featuring Joe Picchetti

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteKaren Saari

A ROBOT, A CLOWN and a Turban

Karen Saari’s full-length play IN A CLEARING received a staged reading in June at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, was a 2017 finalist for the ATHE Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and was a 2015 Wisconsin Wrights winner. She’s a frequent writer/raconteur for Madison’s That’s What She Said story-share, member of Playwrights Center and a mother of two.

Directed by Mark Boergers, Featuring Danielle Levings, Nathanael Press, Elodie Senetra, & J. Keegan Siebken

Lillian Schley

DOG HEROES

Lillian Schley’s play VOWS was included in Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s 2017 One Act Festival and a short film adapted from her play DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING has been shown at film festivals throughout the country.

Directed by Mallory Metoxen, Featuring Brittany Curran, Cara Johnston, & Rachel Zembrowski

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 in August with a director, cast, and dramaturg workshopping their play. The plays are then presented as staged-readings for the public at the week-long Br!NK New Play Festival in September.

 

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 additional 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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