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Play Festival

Showcasing the NEW work of Midwestern women playwrights

The 2018 Br!Nk New Play Festival Will be held

July 31 - August 6, 2018

Touring at various Greater Milwaukee area locations and at the Broadway Theatre Center. Details below!

 

JUST ADDED - Br!NK Br!efs Performance on Monday, August 6 at 7:00 PM at the BTC.

 

TICKETS ON SALE!

All admissions purchased online will be available at Renaissance Theaterworks' admission table 'Will Call' when you arrive at the Br!NK New Play Festival.

 

Tickets for the Br!NK New Play Festival are only available online or in person for day of sales. All sales are final. Tickets not available via the Broadway Theater Center Box Office.

 

2018 Br!NK Resident Playwrights

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteKristin Idaszak

THE SUREST POISON, 2018

BIOGRAPHY

Kristin Idaszak, a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. Her play ANOTHER JUNGLE (Relentless Award Honorable Mention) received its world premiere with Cloudgate Theatre and The Syndicate in April 2018. She is the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. Currently she is working on a commission from Ensemble Studio Theatre/The Sloan Foundation. Previously, Kristin served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: UC San Diego. kristinidaszak.com

 

ABOUT WRITING THE PLAY

Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Sloan Foundation commissioned me to write this play. I started off knowing two things: there was going to be a murder mystery, and it was going to be solved by two characters inspired by history, toxicologist Alexander Gettler and journalist/flapper Lois Long. As I dug into the research, I learned that during the 1920s, the federal government hired chemists to make denatured alcohol as deadly as possible, with the intention to kill individuals who drank this bootlegged liquor. The rational was that only the wrong kind of Americans consumed alcohol. However, wealthy Americans (white, often Protestant) were able to afford imported and therefore potable alcohol. This government policy of adding additional poisons to industrial alcohol was barely disguised xenophobia, racism, and classism.

 That discovery shaped the play. For me, the theatrical vocabulary of murder mystery comedies such as Dashiell Hammett's THE THIN MAN was a way of tackling these darker social and political issues that feel exceedingly timely and relevant to our world today.

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS

Before CSI, there was Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. Set against the backdrop of prohibition-era New York, THE SUREST POISON imagines his work through the eyes and typewriter of Lois Long, a flapper and intrepid reporter who wrote under the pen name Lipstick.

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteNabra Nelson

NUBIAN STORIES, 2018

BIOGRAPHY

Nabra Nelson is from California, Egypt, and now Milwaukee. She is the Community Engagement Associate at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and has worked with Renaissance Theaterworks as a dramaturg for Br!NK two summers in a row, and recently as the director of the Groundworks production BLISS (OR EMILY POST IS DEAD!). She has worked locally as a director and deviser at UWM, The Battery Factory, Milwaukee Rep’s Rep Lab, APT’s Winter Words, and Ten Chimneys. Nationally, she has worked at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Her short plays have been performed by the Multicultural Drama Company and Women’s Ensemble Theater Troupe in Santa Barbara, and NUBIAN STORIES is her first full-length script. She has a passion for new works and is incredibly honored to be working on this play at Renaissance Theaterworks.

 

ABOUT WRITING THE PLAY

My mother began writing down the folk tales that she grew up with several years ago. After her village was flooded when she was a child by the construction of the Aswan High Dam and her family and many other Nubian families were displaced to Cairo, she realized that these stories that had been passed down solely through oral tradition may actually disappear now that her village has disappeared. She would write them and I would edit them (for better English-language adaptation). I had these stories stored on my computer for a long time, glad that they were finally written down but unsure what to do with them.

A couple years ago, I went through a period of artistic reflection in which I was searching for a topic of passion which would fuel me. I found that my own Nubian culture’s unique and tragic history was a subject of perhaps disproportionate anger and sadness for me – it felt almost as though I was born having already lost a piece of myself under Lake Nasser, the lake that drown my mother’s village. I resolved to write about Nubia.

That’s when the idea to revive the folkloric stories came to me. I realized that they needed to be heard again, told to an audience in the way that they had been in the past. I have also always thought that the stories that my mom told me about her own life were almost unbelievably fantastical – at least as much as the traditional folktales she told me as a child. The result is this play.

 

PLAY SYNOPSIS

Nuba, a Nubian woman who was forcibly relocated from her village in the south of Egypt due to its intentional flooding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, tells the story of her people through her own incredible biography as well as through the ancient Nubian folkloric tales she grew up with. Based on a true story, NUBIAN STORIES is a play about loss and legacy set simultaneously in the past and present. It transports us to the village for a brief moment and makes us realize how far we are from a not-so-distant history that is being erased.

2018 Br!NK Br!efs Playwrights

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteLineve Redlin

Savior's Grace

Lineve Redlin is a Wisconsin native who began to find her love of theatre at a very young age. Lineve graduated from UW-Milwaukee with her BFA in Acting in 2010. She currently lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband Jon and two children, Benvolio and Adayla. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support.

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteParker Sterling

THat Beautiful Nothing

Parker Sterling is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins writing program, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Playwrights Conference and the Meisner program at Artistic Home Chicago. Her photography and writing have appeared in The Nebraska Review, The Formalist and Anti Poetry. Recent stage and film credits include “Viv” in Jumpers for Goalposts for Pride Films and Plays and “Hard Gal” for The Shade Shepherd (2019). She is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be part of Br!NK Br!efs 2018.

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteAlayna Barnes

All of the Everything

Alayna Jacqueline is a Minneapolis-based playwright, born and raised in Buckeye Nation. She’s a creative instigator with the Twin Cities Playwright Cabal. In her absurd experimental writing, she loves to turn figurative into the literal. Alayna’s plays include Empty Houses, Persephone’s Spring, Drapetomania, and It’s Too Cold for You Here. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteKelly McBurnette-Andronicos

End of an era

Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition, Kelly’s plays have been produced or developed by the Barter Theatre (VA), Something Marvelous (Chicago), Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), The Bechdel Group (NY), Raíces Theatre Company (Buffalo), Teatro Vivo (Austin), Something Something Theatre (Tucson), Outpost Repertory Theatre (Lubbock) and Jacksonville State University. She is a proud Member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteRachel Bykowski

BODIES

Rachel Bykowski writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. Her plays have been featured at the Kennedy Center with The National New Play Network (NNPN), was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival, and received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award.  She received her BFA from DePaul University’s Theatre School and MFA from Ohio University. www.rachelbykowskiplays.com

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteMaria Pretzl

Juniper Flies

Maria Pretzl, earned her BFA in Film Production and BA in Theatre Studies from UW-Milwaukee and studied playwriting under Will Dunne at Chicago Dramatists. She co-founded Traveling Lemur Productions, LLC in 2015. Writer/director of the award-winning short film Super Dad!. Writing Credits include Roommates (Cooperative Performance), Super Dad! (Chicago Dramatists). Directing Credits include Nightmare Boy (UWM), She Kills Monsters (Village Playhouse).

 

 

 

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 (July 31 - August 5, 2018).

 

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, and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights. Festival goers can enjoy as many or as few events as they choose.

 

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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 Broadway Theatre Center. After each reading we offer a guided talkback with the playwright to obtain audience feedback.

 

2018 Br!NK Plays

 

The Surest Poison by Kristin Idaszak

Before CSI, there was Alexander Gettler, an obsessive chemist whose research helped create the modern field of forensic toxicology. Set against the backdrop of prohibition-era New York, THE SUREST POISON imagines his work through the eyes and typewriter of Lois Long, a flapper and intrepid reporter who wrote under the pen name Lipstick.

 

Directed by Laura Gray

Dramaturgy by Amanda Schumacher

Featuring Jonathan Wainwright, John Kishline, Sara Zientek, Marti Gobel, Danielle Levings

Stage Directions by Gabriella Ashlin

 

Nubian Stories by Nabra Nelson

Nuba, a Nubian woman who was forcibly relocated from her village in the south of Egypt due to its intentional flooding for the construction of the Aswan High Dam, tells the story of her people through her own incredible biography as well as through the ancient Nubian folkloric tales she grew up with. Based on a true story, NUBIAN STORIES is a play about loss and legacy set simultaneously in the past and present. It transports us to the village for a brief moment and makes us realize how far we are from a not-so-distant history that is being erased.

 

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Featuring Krystal Drake

 

STAGED-READINGS

Tuesday, July 31 - Toured Reading of THE SUREST POISON at Arts @ Large Paliafito Eco-Arts Park @ 7:00 PM (315 W Walker St, Milwaukee)

Wednesday, August 1 - Toured Reading of THE SUREST POISON at Waukesha Civic Theatre @ 7:00 PM  (264 W Main St, Waukesha)

Thursday, August 2 - Toured Reading of NUBIAN STORIES at Memories Ballroom @ 7:00 PM (1077 Lake Dr, Port Washington)

Friday, August 3 - Toured Reading of NUBIAN STORIES at ComedySportz @ 7:00 PM (420 S 1st St, Milwaukee)

Saturday, August 4 - Festival Weekend Reading of THE SUREST POISON at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 7:00 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

Sunday, August 5 - Festival Weekend Reading of NUBIAN STORIES at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 7:00 PM (158 N Broadway, 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 are fully staged.

 

This year "Br!efs" will consist of six, 10-minute plays, written by Midwestern women playwrights under the prompts, “Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You,” "Pictures of Parity," & “Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose.” 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. The Br!NK Br!efs will be performed during the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 at 2:30 PM. JUST ADDED, there will be a performance of the 2018 Br!NK Br!efs at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 6 at the Broadway Theatre Center.

 

2018 Br!NK Br!ef 10-Minute Plays

 

PROMPT: "Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You"

SAVIOR's GRACE by Linive Redlin

When Tom lost his wife unexpectedly his life flew into a tailspin. Four years later he is slowly finding out that rock bottom isn't as terrible as he thought it would be. With nothing left to lose he finds a path filled with hope, love and empathy.

Directed by Reva Fox

Featuring Trevor Rees, Samantha Martinson, & Madeline Wakely

 

 

THAT BEAUTIFUL NOTHING by Parker Sterling

What happens when, despite all their best efforts, two people on a first date learn about each other through a serious of accidental confessions in the context of some haute couture and a little prodding? Should we just save ourselves, and our dates, the trouble of six months of discovery and let it all hang out right from the start? “That Beautiful Nothing” questions what and who we think we should be on a date and what we find in laughter, failure, and silence.

 

Directed by Erin Nicole Eggers

Featuring Madeline Wakely, Chris Goode, & Ben Parman

 

PROMPT: "Pictures of Parity"

ALL OF THE EVERYTHING by Alayna Barnes

While a couple is out for a drive, the woman must manipulate time to share the details of their entire future together before they reach their destination where her life will change forever.

 

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Featuring Chantae Miller, Marcel Alston, Hannah Shay, & Jarrod Langwinski

 

END OF AN ERA by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Aging Lorraine LeClair, having long inhabited the role of ‘Lady Addington,’ is being retired from the show after thirty-six years. Fresh out of acting school, her new (and much, MUCH! younger, grotesquely attractive) replacement, Jennifer Ashley-Rose Westerville, has arrived ready to assume the role, but not before the more experienced diva teaches the upstart actress a few brutal, backstage, battlefield tactics.

 

Directed by Suzan Fete

Featuring Deborah Clifton & Izetta Rees

 

PROMPT: "Perseverance is Stubbornness with a Purpose"

BODIES by Rachel Bykowski

Sergeant W. is one of the few, the proud...a mother f*cking Marine. She's trained, she's disciplined, but now she is home and the fighting still continues. She has witnessed first-hand the power of an automatic assault rifle and decided the best way to respect the weapon, is to leave it in the combat zone. However, the assault rifle has found her way back into Sergeant W.'s life and longs for W. to hold her again. It’s got a new body and name, a semi-automatic AR-15, but for Sergeant W. the violence is still the same.

 

Directed by Grace DeWolff

Featuring Kara Penrose & Cara Johnston

 

JUNIPER FILES by Maria Pretzl

Upon seeing a rare yellow cardinal, Juniper, an imaginative young pig, decides to attempt something that no pig has ever done before… fly!

 

Directed by Trevor Rees

Featuring Ashley M Rodrigues, Adam Qutaishat, & Paula Garcia

 

 

PERFORMANCES

Saturday, August 4 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 2:30 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

Sunday, August 5 – The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Center @ 2:30 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

JUST ADDED: Monday, August 6 - The Cabaret Stage at The Broadway Theatre Cetner @ 7:00 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

All six 10-minute plays will be featured at each performance over the Br!NK New Play Festival Weekend and on Monday, August 6.

 

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Playwriting Labs

 

 We offer two hands-on creative labs during the Br!NK New Play 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.

 

Playwrighting Labs will be hosted at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee) at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2018. Playwriting Labs are $20 each. All are welcome.

 

PLAYWRITING LABS

Saturday, August 4 – MUSCULAR MONOLOGUES taught by Br!NK Resident Playwright, Kristin Idaszak on the 5th Floor at The Broadway Theatre Center, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

LAB DESCRIPTION

How do you generate conflict when one person is alone onstage? Who is the character talking to, and why? When does a monologue serve your dramatic purpose better than dialogue? How do you write monologues that are active, not just informative? Get tips and tools to help your monologues soar and sear. Reimagine what dramatic action can look like, and revitalize your theatrical contract with the audience.

 

Sunday, August 5 – OBJECTive: WRITING A 10-MINUTE PLAY taught by local playwright, director and script consultant, Jennifer Dobby on the 5th Floor at The Broadway Theatre Center, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (158 N Broadway, Milwaukee)

 

LAB DESCRIPTION

Using various found-objects/props as inspiration, this Lab will spotlight every playwright's BFF: The 10-Minute Play.

TICKETS ONLINE!

All admissions purchased online will be available at Renaissance Theaterworks' admission table 'Will Call' when you arrive at the Br!NK New Play Festival.

 

Tickets for the Br!NK New Play Festival are only available online or in person for day of sales. All sales are final. Tickets not available via the Broadway Theater Center Box Office or via phone.

 

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Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteParker Sterling

THat Beautiful Nothing

Parker Sterling is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins writing program, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Playwrights Conference and the Meisner program at Artistic Home Chicago. Her photography and writing have appeared in The Nebraska Review, The Formalist and Anti Poetry. Recent stage and film credits include “Viv” in Jumpers for Goalposts for Pride Films and Plays and “Hard Gal” for The Shade Shepherd (2019). She is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to be part of Br!NK Br!efs 2018.

 

 

Photo of Artistic Director Suzan FeteAlayna Barnes

All of the Everything

Alayna Jacqueline is a Minneapolis-based playwright, born and raised in Buckeye Nation. She’s a creative instigator with the Twin Cities Playwright Cabal. In her absurd experimental writing, she loves to turn figurative into the literal. Alayna’s plays include Empty Houses, Persephone’s Spring, Drapetomania, and It’s Too Cold for You Here. She received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

 

 

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