Random Acts by Renata Hinrichs

Random Acts is a memoir piece about Ms. Hinrichs’ early childhood growing up on the Southside of Chicago in the late 1960s. Her father was a young Lutheran Minister on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement.  His first parish was on what was then the dividing line between the white and black neighborhoods, and he was intent on following the teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The story is based on what she witnessed as a young white girl watching both the outside world and her family as they struggled through times of painful transformation.

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Renata Hinrichs performing her solo show, RANDOM ACTS, as part of Emerging Artist Theatre’s Fall 2013 New Work Series, One Woman Standing and in workshop performances at the TBG Studio Theater, June 2014.

Photos by Maryann Lopinto and Darryl Hell.  

Catch this if you can.  I saw the preview and it is excellent!!  Engaging, powerful, thought-provoking, endearing....everything you want from theater!

Mellini Kantayya, Author

Hinrichs' is a vibrant, engaging performer (and fabulous writer) of her own story"


A Conversation with Renata Hinrichs about Random Acts

What's next for RANDOM ACTS?

  I am grateful to everyone who joined me on Friday, March 4th, for the special performance of RANDOM ACTS.  The Emerging Artists Theater was hosting a festival of new work and I was honored to be appearing on their stage again. I am very excited to be presenting, RANDOM ACTS, followed by a Q & A to the uppper and middle school classes at Hewitt on April 14th as part of their diversity program. I am always amazed at the insights and questions from young people when I share it with them.  

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Writing and performing my own work has been the most challenging and rewarding experience I have had as an artist. There is a message in this piece that is bigger than me.  As a writer/performer, I love exploring the complexities of the human condition and shining a light on some of the darker sides of our human behavior. If we can understand each other and feel what it’s like to stand in someone else’s shoes, we can find compassion for ourselves and others.  I hope to see you in the theater.



I also want to thank everyone who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign or made donations through The Field or The Barrow Group. I am so grateful for your support of this project and giving me the opportunity to share it with a wider audience.

Daniel L. White Hilary Chaplain Lance Roger Axt
Christian Scherf Susan Jane Harrison Sandra Fahey
Harold Hinrichs Janice Petrovich Kevin McDonald
Harrold Hinrichs, Jr.  Jan Rosenthal Carol Reynolds
Erika Hinrichs Jennifer Pingeon Will Sharon
Felicia Beanum John Paap Anne Marie Cusson
Wendy vanden Heuvel Sandra Anderson Ricarda O’Connor
Diane Richard Wendy Scharfman Jennifer Dorr White
Susan Morse Zoe Bevan Claudia Grage
Oriana Oppice Charles R. Hale Mary Karen Lynn-Klimeno
Lewis Gould       Kalisma Alayon  Lisa Franchette
Marlene Hogdon Michele Colt Amira Thoron
Christine Campbell Katie Glasner Mary Jane Weaver
Janet Sucha Tricia Alexandro Kristin Bernhardt
Sarah Stead Siggal Zeira    Larry and Sonia Kunz
Todd Monaghan Shara Sand    Nora Gaines
Gisela Bernard

Pam Tabb

Christina Denzinger
Stanley Meyer Carol Klenfner