Auditions for HAND TO GOD!

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Renegade Theater Company is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for the first show of our 2017 season, HAND TO GOD, written by Robert Askins and directed by Alex Goebel.

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry, in the devoutly religious, relatively quiet small town of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door, and—most especially—his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own. HAND TO GOD explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us.

AUDTITION INFORMATION:

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th at noon
WHERE: Teatro Zuccone stage in downtown Duluth.
PREPARE: We will be reading scenes from the show.
DOWNLOAD:
Hand To God Audition Packet

DOWNLOAD:
Hand To God Audition Sides

ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale”

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Our regional premiere production of The Whale opened last night to a sold-out house and a standing ovation! Critics are hailing the production and tickets are flying out the door! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

This play has us thinking about our own lives, and what we’d do with one week left to live. We’ve asked our cast and crew to chime in as well, as a way of introducing you to them before you see the show. Next up, a talented local actress who also happens to be one of our favorite people, Michelle Juntunen!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

A giant cabin on a lake. Probably on Madeline Island.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would want to spend it with select family members and close friends.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

Lobster and steak. Great wine. And lots of coffee and pie.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is tomorrow! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s just one day until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, an actress making her Renegade stage debut, Agatha Pokrzywinski!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would spend my last week outside. I would sit by Lake Superior and swim in it, no matter how cold. I would go on a whole lot of hikes around Duluth, take in the autumn splendor, and have picnics in places with quality vistas. If I could skip the 16 hour plane ride I would visit Shanghai, China a city that I hold near and dear to my heart.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

My mother, father, brother, and my lovely dog Cora. Along with a few of my oldest friends and Harry Potter.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

A lot of goat cheese, dark chocolate coated ginger, pesto, good bread with olive oil and balsamic, tempeh ruebens, lates, raspberries, beets, pine nuts, peppermint bon bon ice cream, carrot cake, green beans, kale, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti from Trader Joe’s, bruschetta, waffles, and pumpkin bread.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is this Thursday! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, one of Renegade’s most favorite people, Jody Kujawa!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would go out to New Jersey and jump the wall around Bruce Springsteen’s house. Then I would hop in an armored vehicle and see how close I could get to Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would spend it visiting friends and family and I would take my dogs everywhere I went and tell everyone to fuck off if they don’t like it.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I would eat sushi, tacos and nachos. And I would start smoking again.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is less than one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, an actor fresh off his Renegade debut in Marie Antoinette, Kjell Hinkel!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I’d go to Lester or Hartley a lot probably. Growing up we were often in the woods, and I think I’d need the insulation and isolation.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I think I’d handle this selfishly and keep to myself, but hopefully I would also be able to get in one more run of D&D with my group. But let’s be real, our schedules would never line up with such short notice. Of course my family.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I’m not much of a food person, I’d eat what I already eat: Peanut butter sandwiches and raisins mainly.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the director of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of THE WHALE is less than one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, a director who has worked on some of our favorite productions, Julie Ahasay!

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If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would head for the Boundary Waters, get in a canoe and try to die in the middle of the lake very late at night as I watched the Northern Lights.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would want Lane Ellis right there with me. And our cats, even though I would die knowing they hated me for making them float around in a canoe.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I would eat walnuts, kalamata olives, vine-ripened tomatoes and popcorn.

And whiskey. Lots of it.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE w/ the cast and crew of “The Whale”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of THE WHALE is just one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend those seven days introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. First up, an actress last seen on the Renegade stage in THE BIRDS, Carrie Mohn!

bw-headshotIf you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would go to the beach. So, ideally, I would be dying in the summertime.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

My friends and family. Duh.

… And if James McAvoy wanted to join us, I wouldn’t say no.

 

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

Truffles, lobster, steak, pie, Tiramisu, garlic mashed potatoes, champagne, bourbon, (okay, I added drinks, I know…) chocolate cake, Michelle’s apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, Chicken in a Biskit crackers, anything from a good Mexican restaurant, and mushrooms.

Yes, THAT kind of mushrooms.

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The 2017 Renegade Season Pass!

Plus a to-be-announced 5th show in December!

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The 2017 Renegade Season Pass

The Best View Is From The Edge Of Your Seat

When you come to a Renegade Theater Company production, you’re not only supporting the local artists who live and work in this community, you’re also getting a night with the boldest, bravest theater around. We believe you shouldn’t have to travel hundreds of miles to experience the plays and musicals that are defying and redefining theater. And now, you don’t have to.
We are proud to offer a flex pass that grants you admission to EVERY show in our 2017 season. The FlexPass costs $80. And here’s what you get:
  • A savings of over 20% off the normal ticket price!
  • Discounted passes are just $68 for students, seniors and artists.
  • Includes a ticket to each of the 5 shows in our 2017 mainstage season: “Hand To God,” “The Pavilion,” “Dogfight,” “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage,” and a to-be-announced show in December of 2017.
  • Includes assigned seating! Pick your favorite spots in the theater and have them guaranteed for you all year long. Plus, with assigned seating, there’s no need to worry if you show up with only five minutes to spare, you’ll still get your favorite seats in the house!
  • Subscribers can select their seats for any show as well as change their performance date or seating choice at no charge at any time (subject to seat and show availability) by calling our box office at 218-336-1417.
  • Single tickets go on sale three weeks prior to opening night. But subscribers can pick their seats any time! If you want to make sure you get the best seats in the house, call us before single tickets go on sale and stake your claim.

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Announcing the Renegade Resident Artists Program!

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Renegade Theater Company is proud to announce the next step in our artistic community’s development, as well as the next step in Renegade’s evolution into a professional arts organization committed to supporting and developing local talent: The Renegade Resident Artist Program.

WHAT IS IT?

The Renegade Resident Artist Program is a cohort of local residents with a proven track record of artistic excellence in theater. These resident artists will take a leadership role in Renegade’s 2017 season, dedicating their time and talent to directing, acting or design roles in our productions, as well as working with Renegade to enhance and expand our artistic programming. The Resident Artists will be the faces of the company, and will be asked to attend fundraising events and opening night celebrations.

Renegade will be the artistic home for these artists during the 2017 season. In return for their work and commitment, these artists will receive increased stipends to make their wages competitive with non-union wages in cities like Minneapolis and Chicago, giving top local talent more reason to remain and plant roots in our community.

WHO ARE THEY?

The Renegade Resident Artists will be selected from an open application process. Any artist can be considered for one of the Residency positions, provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must have been involved in at least three shows within the local theater community in the past two years.
  2. Applicant must have been involved in at least one Renegade Theater Company production since 2008.
  3. Applicant must not currently be enrolled full-time in a school or university’s full-residency program.
  4. Applicant must be a resident of the Duluth / Superior area and be committed to remaining one for the next 12 months.
  5. Applicant must have a demonstrated interest in the work of Renegade Theater Company. This interest is demonstrated by having attended at least one Renegade Theater Company production in the past 12 months.

HOW CAN YOU APPLY?

Submit your resume to katyhelbacka@gmail.com. Please address in the resume (or optional letter of interest) how you meet all of the 5 stated criteria.

The Renegade Resident Artist Search Committee will select from submitted resumes the artists they would like to advance to the next round of consideration. Those artists will meet with Renegade’s Artistic Director and Search Committee to discuss the program.

FAQs

Q: If selected, can I still work on productions with other companies?

A: Of course! Being a Renegade Resident Artist means you are required to participate in at least one production in our 2017 season, as well as attend all of our fundraising events, opening night post-show parties, and be a visible, vocal ambassador for our work. Beyond that, we encourage you to take other opportunities in our community that excite you.

Q: If not selected, can I still work with you?

A: Of course! While the Renegade Resident Artists will be paired with the roles and positions in productions that interest them first, the remainder of our cast and crew positions will be open to all as usual.

Q: Is this a one-year thing?

A: 2017 is the pilot season for the Renegade Resident Artists, and was made possible thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Our plan is to expand and enhance our programming and fundraising efforts to keep the program going for as long as Renegade is going.

Q: If selected, do I need to reapply for 2018? If not selected, can I reapply for 2018?

A: Yes and yes. We will ask the community of artists to reapply each year for the Renegade Resident Artist program to ensure that our Resident Artists are passionate about our work and at the top of their fields.

Q: Is this only open to actors?

A: No! We are happy to accept applications from actors, directors, and designers and stage managers. We have no quota or pre-design on what type of artists we take or how many of each type of artists we will take. We are looking for passionate, talented artists whose work will pair well with our 2017 season and program.

The first year of the Renegade Resident Artists program has been funded by the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Get Ready For Improv Auditions!

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We’re holding OPEN AUDITIONS for the Renegade Improv team this Saturday, September 10th at noon and Monday, September 12th at 6pm on stage at the Zeitgeist Theater. Come down, learn a few games and give it a try. We’ll be selecting some of you to join our ever-expanding Improv program as Featured Players, where you’ll spend your weekends learning the ropes on stage and behind the scenes.

For more information on what we’re looking for and what you can expect if you make the team, plus a downloadable audition form you can fill out in advance if you want to impress us with your time management skills, CLICK HERE!