On Feb. 27, the Renaissance Theaterworks announced its 26th season of providing roles for women onstage (and off) with its 2018-19 season lineup. “She Blinded Me with Science” will feature three mainstage productions written by female playwrights. The announcement came as part of Renaissance Theaterworks’ celebration of Support Women Artists Now Day.
“She Blinded Me with Science” will showcase strong female characters and will tackle themes of race, class, ambition, privilege, inclusion and more. The season kicks off with the Br!nk New Play Festival, which will showcase the new work of Midwestern female playwrights. The festival will run from July 31 – Aug. 5 at the Broadway Theatre Center.
Following the festival, the three mainstage productions will run, starting with Native Gardens on Oct. 9. More information can be found below.
Native Gardens by Karen Zacarias, directed by Marti Gobel; runs from Oct. 9 – Nov. 11: In this brilliant new, hot-button comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbecue for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class and privilege.
Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, directed by Suzan Fete; runs from Jan. 18– Feb. 10, 2019: London, 1953. Scientists are on the verge of discovering what they call the secret of life: the DNA double helix. At the center of the scientific breakthrough is the work of a driven young physicist named Rosalind Franklin. But if the double helix was the achievement of the 20th century, then what kept Franklin out of the history books?
Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by 2017 Br!nk playwright Reina Hardy, directed by Mallory Metoxen; runs from March 29– April 21, 2019: Annie Jump is a 13-year-old science genius whose alien-obsessed father is the laughingstock of Strawberry, KS. One night in August, during a meteor shower, 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?
All productions will be performed in the Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee. Season subscriptions are currently available and single tickets will go on sale in early September 2018. For more information, visit www.r-t-w.com.