Renaissance Theaterworks to Hold DRESS FOR SUCCESS Clothing Drive, 1/18-2/10

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Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) is hosting a Dress for Success clothing drive during the run of their show EDUCATING RITA, a comedy by Willy Russell. Russell's play triggered a conversation that ultimately brought RTW, the YWCA and the W Girls together. The drive will run along with the production, January 18 - February 10, 2013, at the Studio Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center (Milwaukee).

This play takes the audience on Rita's comical journey towards the pursuit of knowledge and self empowerment. "One of the underlying themes of Rita's story is her desire to dress like an educated woman, all in an effort to fit in and be taken seriously. We've learned from the YWCA, that this theme affects many of our community members," says RTW's Marketing Director, Alison Carlucci. The groups will work together on gathering donations of women's business attire for Dress for Success during the entire run of the show.

Theater became the catalyst that brought the organizations together. RTW, the YWCA and the W Girls are teaming up as organizations that each work towards empowering women in the Milwaukee community.

RTW is celebrating their 20th season as Milwaukee's only women-founded, women-run theater company, with attention to roles for women on and off stage.

The YWCA Southeast Wisconsin's local vision statement is "fueling women's aspirations and opening pathways to racial justice."

The W Girls provide underprivileged women and children with support and resources necessary to achieve health, happiness and the ability to lead productive and successful adult lives.

The three groups are meeting for a special post-show talk back in early February, "to discuss the play, their organizations, and toast to the fact that we are all working toward empowering women in our community, which is pretty amazing" adds Lisa Rasmussen, the Development Director at RTW. Rachel Hughes, a member of W Girls Milwaukee, shares their enthusiasm to team-up. "We are excited to join the YWCA and Renaissance Theaterworks for an evening focused on empowering and encouraging women in the Milwaukee community to rise above their circumstances in pursuit of education, financial independence and self sufficiency through the play Educating Rita."



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