“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)!

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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. 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

 

Dinner and a Show w/SEMINAR!

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Make your night at SEMINAR truly special by taking advantage of our DINNER AND A SHOW PACKAGE! For just $55, you’ll get a ticket to see SEMINAR plus a three-course, pre-show themed dinner at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe. Our Executive Chef, Matthew Lyons, has been hard at work creating a custom menu inspired by the world of SEMINAR and the food of New York City, and we’re very excited to reveal it to you:
  • APPETIZER – General Tso’s Chicken on White Basmati Rice
  • ENTREE – New York Strip with Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus and Bernaise Sauce
  • DESSERT – New York Cheesecake with Italian Cherries and Silvered Almonds

ALREADY HAVE YOUR TICKETS? NO PROBLEM!

Upgrade to the dinner and a show package for just $35 more per ticket and enjoy the same great meal before the same great show.

SEMINAR performs Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm, April 28th – May 14th.

Contact MacKenzie at 218-336-1417 to purchase your package and to set your reservation time. Your reservation must be set for no later than 6:15 to ensure you have time to enjoy your meal and make it to the production before the 8pm curtain.
 
*You must purchase or upgrade to the “Dinner and a Show Package” no less than 48 hours prior to your showtime, to ensure cafe staff have time to prepare your meal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Breaking Spines” w/ the cast of SEMINAR – The Mary Fox Edition

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of SEMINAR is just 10 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 (if you doubt us that world exists see THIS and THIS and THIS), we thought we’d spend a little blog time introducing you to our stellar cast and crew, and giving you a peek into what makes them tick, literature-wise.

First up, the co-creator of “Take It With You,” and a regular on the Renegade stage. Maybe you’ve seen her in “Rx” or “Grace” or “The Great Gatsby.” Well, wait till you see her tear it up in SEMINAR. Meet Mary Fox!

11224694_965924423449280_2987675554312462891_nWhat was your favorite book as a child?

Anything from Roald Dahl.

What’s your favorite book as an adult?

OH boy…THE SUN ALSO RISES by Hemingway

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

LOCALLY LAID! By Lucie Amundsen!! It’s amazing.

What book did you hate that most people love (or vice versa)?

I don’t know if this is a book people loved or hated or what, I know it gets some eye-rolls but I fucking loved it. EAT PRAY LOVE by Elizabeth Gilbert. (I am now going to read it again because I just got excited thinking about it). Also there was one of the Harry Potter books I didn’t care for…I can’t remember which one it was but it was a total snooze-fest.

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

A diet book. Any diet book. I never finish any of them so my answer is all of them.

Who is your favorite character in literature? 

This is a very hard question…As of today, I’m going to say Sissy Hankshaw in EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES by Tom Robbins. Sissy has abnormally large thumbs and she loves them. Need I say more? I also love the way David Sedaris writes himself and the way Kevin Kling writes himself.  David and Kevin make me feel like we are best friends with each other.

Who is your favorite author? 

Right now it’s Cheryl Strayed. I love how she writes women. I feel like a prize fighter or an ox when I read her stuff. It’s dry and strong, unapologetic and equal.

SEMINAR Opening Night Celebration – April 28th

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co. and Duluth Barrel Works invite you to join them in the Zeitgeist Arts Atrium for the Seminar Opening Night Party on Thursday, April 28th immediately following the opening night performance.

 

Your ticket to opening night gets you into the after-party where you’ll mingle with the cast and crew of SEMINAR while you enjoy delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe and $2 Bent Paddles while supplies last!

 

SEMINAR is a provocative and biting comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck in which four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. In this sexy and uproarious new play,the wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience.

 

April 28-30, May 5-7 & 12-14, 2016
All shows at 8pm

 

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Auditions for Marie Antoinette – NOW WITH AUDITION SIDES TO DOWNLOAD!

Marie AntoinetteDon’t forget that auditions for Marie Antoinette – by David Adjmi and directed by Anika Thompson – are THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 10th!

The worlds of high fashion and modern self-obsession collide with revolutionary-era France in this contemporary take on the original spoiled little rich girl. Marie is a confection created by a society that values extravagance and artifice. But France’s love affair with the Royals sours as revolution brews, and for Marie, the political suddenly becomes very personal. From the light and breezy banter at the palace to the surging chants of “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité!” in the streets, Marie Antoinette is an on-fleek, tongue-in-cheekmasterpiece.

AUDTITION INFORMATION:

WHEN: Sunday, April 10th, at 1:00 in the afternoon.
WHERE: Teatro Zuccone stage in downtown Duluth.
PREPARE: No need to prepare a monologue. We will be reading sides from the play.
CALLBACKS: If needed, will be on the evening of Monday, April 11th.
DOWNLOAD: Marie Antoinette Audition Packet / Audition Sides