Auditions for ASSASSINS – May 19th @ 5pm

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Renegade Theater Company is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for our September 2016 show, ASSASSINS by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Artistic Director Katy Helbacka.

Step right up and take a spin on a rollercoaster ride into the dark side of the American dream. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman bend the rules of time and space, creating a world in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts.

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassins combines intelligent, stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a sweeping, darkly comic, and timely tale of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Bold, original and alarmingly funny, Assassins might be the most controversial musical ever written.

AUDTITION INFORMATION:

WHEN: Thursday, May 19th from 5pm till 7pm.
WHERE: Teatro Zuccone stage in downtown Duluth.
PREPARE:Prepare 16-32 bars of music similar in style to the show. Pianist provided.
CALLBACKS:If needed, will be on the same night, May 19th, starting at 7:30
DOWNLOAD: Assassins Audition Packet
SIGN UP: Email katyhelbacka@gmail.com for a 3-minute time slot

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Cory Anderson Didn’t Submit His Answers So We Made Them Up Edition!

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Week two of SEMINAR kicks off tonight! Don’t miss this sexy and uproarious new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, that follows four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure.

We’ve been spending some blog time introducing you to the cast and crew of SEMINAR by way of their literary tastes. And next up is our final cast member, Cory Anderson!

NOTE: Cory – despite repeated requests and his repeated promises – never submitted answers to our questions. Nor did he submit a photo for us to use. So we picked a photo for him and made up our own answers.

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What was your favorite book as a child?

The Satanic Verses.

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

Everybody Poops.

What book are you reading at this moment?

Is the back of this Cinnamon Toast Crunch box a book?

What book did you love that most people hate?

Mein Kampf.

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

The Story of My Life by Cory Anderson. That was pretty fucking deep wasn’t it?

 

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Travis Collins Edition!

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Week two of SEMINAR kicks off this Thursday, May 5th! Don’t miss this sexy and uproarious new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, that follows four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure.

We’ve been spending some blog time introducing you to the cast and crew of SEMINAR by way of their literary tastes. And next up is our wonderful props designer, Travis Collins!

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What was your favorite book as a child?

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

What’s your favorite book as an adult? 

Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light

What book are you reading at this moment?

Dresden Files: White Knight, A Tale of Two Cities

What book did you hate that most people love?

I hate To Kill a Mockingbird. Really any book I had to read for school.

Who is your favorite character in literature?

Mat Cauthon from the Wheel of Time series, because he always finds himself in bad situations but somehow he makes the best of them and comes out on top.

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Kaci Brock Edition!

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Week two of SEMINAR kicks off this Thursday, May 5th! Don’t miss this sexy and uproarious new play by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, that follows four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure.

We’ve been spending some blog time introducing you to the cast and crew of SEMINAR by way of their literary tastes. And next up is our fantastic Stage Manager, Kaci Brock!

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What was your favorite book as a child?

Anything by Dr. Seuss.

What book are you reading at this moment?

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

What book did you hate that most people love?

I hate Fifty Shades of Grey!

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

The Casual Vacancy

Who is your favorite author?

I like Rick Riordan. He writes for many different audiences and he is able to keep my attention.

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Nick Gosen Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 1 day away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsor Whole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

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To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our other installments catch up HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Next up is the sound designer of  SEMINAR, Nick Gosen!

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What was your favorite book as a child?

Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri

What book are you reading at this moment?

Gumption by Nick Offerman

 

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

Naked by David Sedaris

Who is your favorite character in literature?

Satan would be my favorite literary character, there are so many different ways to portray that figure and so many authors have done interesting or creative interpretations that it has forever shaped life and ideas for generations of people. John Milton in Paradise Lost, Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy, and Mark Twain in The Mysterious Stranger, have a few of my favorite versions of this character.

Who is your favorite author? 

Eric Van Lustbader, he is so flexible in his styles and genres, how he can create a world and make every part of it come alive and have you feel it to your very essence. He is one of the few authors that I can have a visceral reaction to their work, from touching and heartfelt to actual terror of a killer on the street.

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Jon Brophy Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 3 days away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsorWhole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

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To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our other installments catch up HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Next up is the lighting designer of  SEMINAR, Jon Brophy!

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What was your favorite book as a child?

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop

What book are you reading at this moment?

Eragon

What book did you love that most people hate?

I loved Atlas Shrugged, which has a pretty heavy hate group.

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

A Game of Thrones

Who is your favorite author?

Terry Pratchett. His books create such a fluid reality that they can take you anywhere at the same time that they are commenting on the state of the world.

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Lawrence Lee Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 4 days away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsor Whole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

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To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our other installments catch up HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Next up the director of SEMINAR, Lawrence Lee!

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What was your favorite book as a child?

“Are You My Mother?” by P. D. Eastman

 

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” by Douglas Adams

 

What book are you reading at this moment (be honest)?

“Locally Laid” by Lucie B. Amundsen

 

What book did you love that most people hate?

“Dune” by Frank Herbert (seems like I’m alone in my friend group in loving it)

 

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

I don’t remember, but I struggled to finish “Foucault’s Pendulum.”

 

Who is your favorite character in literature? Why?

Alice, because I like a little absurdism with my logic.

 

Who is your favorite author? Why?

Douglas Adams, because he wrote “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way bricks don’t,” which I believe to be one of the best sentences ever produced in the English language.

“Breaking Spines” w/ SEMINAR: The Chelsea Campbell Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 6 days away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsor Whole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

buy-tickets

To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our other installments catch up HERE and HERE and HERE. Next up is a very talented actress making her Renegade debut, Chelsea Campbell!

12615560_10154014097944924_1750234345666362962_oWhat was your favorite book as a child?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

What book are you reading at this moment (be honest)?

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff.

What book did you hate that most people love?

Anything and everything that was ever written by Stephanie Meyer- someone please stop her.

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

I finish every book I start, so probably something by Stephanie Meyer.

Who is your favorite character in literature? 

The Stark sister from A Song of Ice and Fire- Sansa for her growth, Arya for her strength in spite of her circumstances.

Who is your favorite author?

George R. R. Martin for creating what I consider to be one of the most compelling, fully realized fantasy sagas in American literature. I also respect his need to put the integrity of the story above meeting deadlines…. although I wish he’d put another book out there sooner rather than later.

 

“Breaking Spines” w/SEMINAR: The Tim Komatsu Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just one week away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsor Whole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

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To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our other installments featuring Mary Fox and Zach Stofer, catch up HERE and HERE. Next up is a very talented actor making his Renegade debut, Tim Komatsu!

Komatsu, Tim copyWhat was your favorite book as a child?

It was probably either Tom Sawyer or Treasure Island. Typical “boys going on adventure” stories.

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

What book are you reading at this moment (be honest)?

I have a bad habit of reading multiple books at once, which inevitably means that they take longer than they should. Currently I’m reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Star Wars and Philosophy, Ulysses by James Joyce, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

What book did you hate that most people love?

It’s not necessarily an unpopular opinion, but I do have a problem with The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Which I suppose is indicative that I’m a phony.

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?

Confessions by St. Augustine.

Who is your favorite character in literature?

Either Captain Ahab from Moby Dick or the Monster from Frankenstein. Ahab’s knowledge of the absurdity of his chase and his inability to stop it is so beautiful and heartbreakingly relatable. My affection for the Monster is probably a holdover from my ‘no one understands me’ mentality of my teenage years. But also, he can scale mountains and quote Milton. That’s pretty cool.

Who is your favorite author?

This is really hard.

I love how Tolkein built a world so vast that you can read for years and still not grasp it all.

I have probably read more of Murakami’s work than any other individual writer–he’s a perfect beach read.

I fully believe that Milton and Dante went on fact finding missions to Heaven and Hell; there’s no way to explain their work otherwise.

Twain and Steinbeck just seem like people that would be great to go travelling with.

I also really like Dave Barry.

 

“Breaking Spines” w/ Seminar: The Zach Stofer Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 8 days away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew (thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, opening night sponsor Duluth Barrel Works and show sponsor Whole Foods Co-op for the party and good times)!

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To get you ready for this funny, fierce and sexy dive into the cut-throat, violent and vulgar world of fiction writers, we’re spending a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

If you missed our fist installment featuring Mary Fox, catch up HERE! Next up is another Renegade regular, the brilliant Zach Stofer!

526956_362013853837892_603852059_nWhat was you favorite book as a child?
Tracker and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (actually, loved his entire catalogue)

 

What is your favorite book as an adult?
Truman by David McCullough, Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

 

What book are you currently reading?
Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis, Tenth of December by George Saunders

 

What book do you hate that everybody else loved?
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter reads like a “Suspense Writing for Dummies” template, yet I couldn’t put it down.  I read the whole in two short sittings.  I knew it was trash and just kept reading.   Next thing I knew, I was finished.  I was literally unable to stop reading that junk … Oh, my God, did I love that book? Fuck me. Don’t tell anyone. Please.

 

What’s the last book you started but didn’t finish?
Finnegan’s Wake

 

Who are your favorite literary characters?
Phillip Marlowe, Ignatius J. Reilly, Augustus McCray, Toru Okada

 

Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Edgar Allen Poe, Raymond Chandler, Haruki Murakami