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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived performances
Sep 8 Tuesday, September 8
7:00pm, Give What You Can

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.