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Event Calendar
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performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived performances
Sep 8 Tuesday, September 8
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Woodland Pattern is happy to host Katherine Glover's The Sweeter the Crime as part of Renaissance Theatreworks' Br!NK New Works Festival

 

The Sweeter the Crime

Virginia Sondergaard seems to know who killed Craig Bowman, the local principal and Virginia’s illicit lover twenty years back, but it’s hard to say. Her mind is going, she’s beginning to confuse her past with her present, and when she is lucid, she doesn’t always tell the truth, especially to her estranged son Richard, the police detective assigned to the case.

 

Cast

Virginia Sondergaard..............................Linda Stephens

Richard Sondergaard..............................Philip Sletteland

Anna Sondergaard..............................Linnea Koeppel

Damien Rothstein..............................Joe Picchetti

Elise Bowman..............................Tami Workentin

 

Katherine Glover on The Sweeter the Crime

Sometimes I get an idea for a play and then I write that play. Other times, I get an idea, I start writing, I make changes, I get new ideas, I add things, I cut things, and by the time I finish my first draft, it bears almost no resemblance to the seed it came from.

 

This play is in that second category. The inspiration was the back cover synopsis from an old crime novel that I own but have never actually read: a sickly old man kills someone he's always hated, figuring he'll be dead before the police can catch him -- but then an innocent man is arrested for the crime.

 

I threw in the murder method I'd used in a terrible, never-finished novel I started writing when I was 14, incorporated a false confession, which are more common than I think most people realize, and I had my plot.

 

Then the characters took over. Now I would say the play is more about this family's interpersonal relationships than it is about murder -- and certainly any criminal justice implications are firmly in the background.

 

That's okay though -- I had that covered in my last play; I probably needed a break.

 


 

Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based playwright and performer. She won a 2013 Ivey Award for her one-act, Alien Love Triangle, produced by Freshwater Theatre Company, and was nominated for a 2012 Capital Critics Circle Award in Ottawa, Ontario, for her solo show Dead Wrong. Her first full-length play, The Man in Her Dreams, also produced by Freshwater, premiered in October 2014. 

 

Renaissance Theaterworks’ Br!NK Award is presented annually to Midwestern female playwrights to develop and advance their work. Our first Br!NK Series in August 2014 was so well received that it has been expanded to a weekend festival and touring readings to select locations.

 

Other venues include Broadway Theatre Center, Oconomowoc Arts Center, and 42 Ale House in Saint Francis.

 

See the full 2015 Br!NK schedule here.