In just over one week the Midwest premiere of THINGS TO RUIN blows the doors off the Teatro Zuccone. Get your TICKETS NOW and don’t forget to upgrade for the full VIP package with free food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, free drinks from Bent Paddle Brewing and Vikre Distillery plus table-side drinks service all night long!
This is going to be one hell of a party and you do not want to miss out. Throw out everything you know about a night at the theater. Bring an appetite and a thirst and a desire to have a knock-down, drag-out ball. We’ve got you covered with dynamite singing, dancing and rock and roll, plus the best food and drink you could ask for!
As we get ready to unleash this show on the Northland, we’re going to take some blog space to introduce you to our dynamite cast of ruffians, troublemakers and malcontents. Next up is Jake Caceres!
Have you ever worked with Renegade before? If so, what on Earth brings you back? If not, what the hell took you so long?
This is my first time! (Yaaay!) I have been trying to, though! I auditioned for a show for which I didn’t get cast (aww… single tear), and then for another where I did get cast but I was in another show somewhere else and had to drop (though I could have done both and Renegade was more than willing to work around my schedule… Oh well, whatever). But frankly, it took me a long time to audition because Renegade intimidated the bejesus out of me. Shortly after I moved to Duluth (from Washington, D.C.), I went to see Reefer Madness at Renegade thinking that, if ‘community theater’ was decent in Duluth, I would consider getting involved. I had been in grad school for 9 years on the East Coast and never had the time to do any theater and I really needed to do it for my own sanity (it’s hard to explain), so Duluth could be my return to the stage (I had done some theater back in Barcelona, where I am from… blah). I was shocked. Reefer Madness was stellar and the cast absolutely perfect. I was sure they were a professional troupe from Minneapolis or Chicago. I asked the people at the concession stand during the intermission, but they told me they were all local, non-professional actors (meaning they didn’t make their living as actors, but, hell, the work they were doing was of professional quality, no question about it!). I thought “I’m never auditioning here!” So, as you can imagine, working at Renegade is for me an amazing and awesome thing, a high point in my theater experience. Especially because I am moving (far) away from Duluth literally the second Things to Ruin ends. Sad face.
What is it like working for two directors? Who is nicer?
Hah! I wish I could joke about this (Evan’s a bitch and Amber a total asshole!), but I have to get serious (boo…), because I have a lot of respect for both of them. A lot. Not to sound like the creep I am, but I knew Evan’s work well before he knew I had set my little foot in the Northland. He was, in fact, the director of Reefer Madness, the show that blew me out of the water, and other Renegade jewels such as Company. And if you missed him as the lead actor in The Wild Party, you can go ahead and hate yourself a little for that. As for Amber, I have seen shows she has choreographed and I also had the privilege to have her as a choreographer, dance captain and teacher, and fellow actor. She is amazingly versatile. What a smart choreographer she is (is that a compliment to a dancer?); she can go from the highly stylized and intricate moves she devised and performed in Spring Awakening, to the silliness that was Spamalot (at the Duluth Playhouse). Her skills as an actor are awesome and her ability to command people effectively have always turned me on a little bit.
What is your favorite song in Things to Ruin? What is your favorite song that YOU get to sing?
I do like the songs where we all sing, like “Born This Morning” or “Never Heard Nothing;” I think the energy we have in those is great. But as for a favorite song, I would have to say “Honey,” because I like to fancy myself, not as the male lead singer (Tyler Goeble does a superb job!), but as one more of the super-sassy, back-up female singers, belting “tell ya!” and “show ya!”, that could put The Supremes to shame (Amber has caught me more than once lip-syncing along from back stage to the voices of the amazing Vanessa, Kristen, and Sara. And yes, doing the choreography as well).
As for my favorite song that I get to sing, I have to say “Albuquerque Anyway.” It is a beautifully written, heartfelt song about a boy whose best friend is moving far away. I like that it is challenging for me as an actor–I am the oldest one (by far) in the cast, but the character I play in that song is, by far, the youngest in the show at 9 years old; and I also like that I connect with this character in a very special way, because, as I mentioned above, I am moving away, far away, as soon as this show ends, knowing that I will miss a lot of the friends I have made in Duluth, particularly my theater friends.
What is your drink of choice?
Normally water. Oh, you mean alcohol? A good old-fashioned gin and tonic. You can set it anywhere, I’ll find it.
What’s your favorite party memory?
This one’s easy–any party where the majority of those attending ended up in the pool (or in any other body of water, such as a lake, a pond, a creek, the sea…) fully clothed.
Why should people come see this show?
This one is hard, but because there are too many reasons! Let’s see. For starters, the music and lyrics are just amazing–innovative, corky, fun, raw, sincere, humorous… Also, it is a different kind of show; the format resembles more a rock cabaret or a punk/rock concert with multiple performers, and less a musical theater play, although it has many musical theater elements, like the prominence of the stories our characters tell in the songs and the presence of the characters we play. So it is a show that can reach and please a lot of different people with very different tastes. I’m sure both theater goers and non-theater goers will like it for very different reasons. Another reason is the actors/singers in this show are amazing. The only reason I feel less intimidated to work in a Renegade show this time is that I can feel they got my back. Oh, one more reason people should come to see this show is that there’s copious amounts of booze. The end.
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