Who Were The ASSASSINS? – Giuseppe Zangara

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Renegade Theater Company’s production of ASSASSINS opens on Thursday, September 1st! This multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force 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.

ASSASSINS takes a harrowing look at our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Unflinching and daring, the show doesn’t aim to create sympathy. Instead, it asks audiences to dig deeper, to look beyond the one-dimensional monster to see the person inside in an effort to understand why some are compelled to kill.

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To prepare audiences for a musical experience unlike any other, we’re going to devote some blog time to introducing you to the Assassins, as well as to the members of the local community tackling the roles. Next up, Giuseppe Zangara, as played by Alec Schroeder!

On February 15th, 1933, a deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts “Too many people are starving!” and fires a gun at America’s president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Roosevelt had just delivered a speech in Miami’s Bayfront Park from the back seat of his open touring car when Zangara opened fire with six rounds. Five people were hit. The president escaped injury but the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, who was also in attendance, received a mortal stomach wound in the attack.

Several men tackled the assailant and might have beaten him to death if Roosevelt had not intervened, telling the crowd to leave justice to the authorities. Zangara later claimed “I don’t hate Mr. Roosevelt personallyI hate all officials and anyone who is rich.” He also told the FBI that chronic stomach pain led to his action: “Since my stomach hurt I want to make even with the capitalists by kill the president. My stomach hurt long time [sic].”

Zangara’s extreme action reflected the anger and frustration felt among many working Americans during the Great Depression. At the time of the shooting, Roosevelt was still only the president-elect and had yet to be sworn in. His policies remained untested, but reports of Roosevelt’s composure during the assassination attempt filled the following day’s newspapers and did much to enforce Roosevelt’s public image as a strong leader.

Unsubstantiated reports later claimed that Zangara’s real target had been Cermak and hinted at Zangara’s connection to organized crime in Chicago. Zangara was initially tried for attempted murder and sentenced to 80 years in prison, but when Mayor Cermak later died of his wounds, Zangara was retried and sentenced to death. Zangara died on the electric chair on March 5, 1933.

(Biography courtesy of History.com)

Who Were The ASSASSINS? – John Wilkes Booth

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Renegade Theater Company’s production of ASSASSINS opens on Thursday, September 1st! This multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force 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.

ASSASSINS takes a harrowing look at our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it. Unflinching and daring, the show doesn’t aim to create sympathy. Instead, it asks audiences to dig deeper, to look beyond the one-dimensional monster to see the person inside in an effort to understand why some are compelled to kill.

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To prepare audiences for a musical experience unlike any other, we’re going to devote some blog time to introducing you to the Assassins, as well as to the members of the local community tackling the roles. First up, John Wilkes Booth, as played by Andy Bennett!

John Wilkes Booth was born on May 10, 1838 into a famous acting family. When he turned 17, Booth made his acting debut in Baltimore, with a role in a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. His early performances were such a hit that Booth was soon invited to tour all over the country with a Shakespearean acting company based in Richmond, Virginia.

In the 1850s, Booth joined the Know-Nothing Party, which aimed to limit immigration into the United States. In 1859, he showed his support for slavery by joining a Virginia militia that aided in the capture and execution of John Brown, following his raid on Harpers Ferry. During the Civil War, Booth served as a secret agent for the Confederacy.

In 1862, Booth made his New York debut, this time as the lead in Richard III. The New York Herald described him as a “veritable sensation.” When describing his natural inclination for the role, Booth tellingly expressed his credo with the declaration, “I am determined to be a villain.”

In 1863, just days prior to delivering his famed Gettysburg Address that same year, President Abraham Lincoln watched a performance by Booth in a play called The Marble Heart at Ford’s theater. Soon after a respiratory illness would leave Booth with no choice but to take temporary leave from the stage.

Faced with idle time during his break from the theater, Booth became involved in a conspiracy to kidnap President Lincoln. The plan involved bringing Lincoln to Richmond and demanding either peace or the release of Confederate soldiers as a ransom. Booth enlisted six southern sympathizers, but their March 1865 attempt in Washington, D.C., failed when the president failed to appear where they had anticipated.

Frustrated at seeing his plot foiled, Booth resolved to go to a far greater extreme. On April 14, 1865, just after 10 p.m., Booth shot and killed Lincoln while he was watching a performance of the play Our American Cousin at Washington, D.C.’s Ford Theater. Directly after the shooting, Booth leaped onto the stage and yelled, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Thusever to tyrants!)”

Booth then jumped from the stage, breaking his leg in the process, but managed to make it to his getaway horse before anyone in the shocked crowd could stop him.

(Booth Biography courtesy of Biography.com)

Dinner and a Show with ASSASSINS!

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Make your night at ASSASSINS unforgettable by taking advantage of our DINNER AND A SHOW PACKAGE! For just $55, you’ll get a ticket to see ASSASSINS plus a three-course, pre-show themed dinner at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe.

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.

Executive Chef Matthew Lyons and Sous Chef Chris Bakke have been hard at work creating a custom menu soaked in Americana and we’re thrilled to share it with you:

1st course: Fried Chicken
Fried Amish chicken leg stuffed with a charred roma tomato chutney

2nd course: Baby Back Ribs
Half rack of barbecue baby back ribs with smashed fingerling potatoes, house made cream corn and corn bread.

3rd course: Apple pie
Homemade apple pie with vanilla bean ice cream.

*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. 
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.

 

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Chelsea Campbell Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is up and running! If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t waste another second!

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To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is the Queen herself, our Marie, Chelsea Campbell!

Who’s your favorite celebrity?

Matt Bellassai because he speaks my feelings in his YouTube series “Whine About It” and I want to be his best friend. Someone tell that clown to follow me back on Twitter.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Kris Kardashian and her daughters aside from Kendall, as she seems to be the only one with a career worth the celebrity status. My problem isn’t the fact that they’ve made millions by acting like idiots on reality television, but rather the fact that we got them there. They’re a reflection of what our culture values most (i.e. stupidity, vanity, giant butts) and I’m less than impressed. Why do we care? Why are there so many tweens running around with bad contouring?

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

There’s a website dedicated to stories from fans who have ran into Bill Murray at one point or another, and the dude is hilarious. My favorite is about a time when he allegedly walked up to a man eating french fries, ate one without asking, said “No one will ever believe you,” and walked away.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

ROSE DONUTS. I love roses, I love donuts, and the Zenith Bread Project decided to put them together. With sprinkles. A dream is a wish your heart makes, people.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

Sometimes two or three if I’m feeling it, but some days I don’t check it at all. I deleted the Facebook app from my phone about a year ago in an effort to stop using social media so excessively. It’s easy to overindulge in anything, especially when getting a notification can be so gratifying- but the decision to loosen my grip has improved my life significantly.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

21,700. I have to admit, I didn’t delete the Twitter app. I can let go of creeping people’s profiles, I can’t let go of retweeting Matt Bellassai or spouting off my ‘brilliant’ thoughts.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

654, 60 of which were posted in the last year as opposed to the other 594 posted since 2012.

How many Facebook friends do you have?

1,047

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

LOL.

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Alec Schroeder Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is up and running! If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t waste another second!

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To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is one of our favorite real-world people, and our favorite Marie Antoinette-world Sheeple, Alec Schroeder!

13445695_632388778608_5337804731085576976_nWho’s your favorite celebrity?

Lucille Ball. Her charisma, humour, and strength inspires me every day.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Josh Duggar. For obvious reasons.

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

Richard Simmons supposedly is transitioning into a woman according to the National Inquirer. How insulting. He’s already been a woman his entire career.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

Pillsbury orange rolls. I’m easy to please, but will cut you if you want to share.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

10 trillion. But really 5-10 depending on the day.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

I don’t understand Twitter, the point of it, or how it works.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

I also don’t understand Instagram, the point of it, or how it works. I text enough accidental selfies to my friends already.

How many Facebook friends do you have?

463.

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

Less than 5%. They know who they are and I’m lucky to have them.

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Aidan J. Saillard Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is this Thursday night! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, a pop-up shop from Art In The Alley, the exclusive announcement of our 2017 Mainstage Season, and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew. Thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, production sponsor maurices, and opening night sponsor Art In The Alley for the party and good times!

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To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is the youngest star of the show and a talented young man making his Renegade Theater Company stage debut, Aidan J. Saillard!

11928737_10153566617843844_3202818391138883051_nWho’s your favorite celebrity?

Ryan Reynolds because he is Deadpool and Deadpool is funny.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Lucas Cruikshank because he is annoying.

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

I hate rumors … so none.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

Gluten-free Cherry Pie becuse it tastes really good.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

0-2 times.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

20.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

43.  

How many Facebook friends do you have?

159

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

Almost all.

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Kjell Aune Hinkel Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is less than a week away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, a pop-up shop from Art In The Alley, the exclusive announcement of our 2017 Mainstage Season, and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew. Thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, production sponsor maurices, and opening night sponsor Art In The Alley for the party and good times!

buy-tickets

To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is a newcomer to the Renegade stage, and someone we hope makes a habit of returning, Kjell Aune Hinkel!

13123166_274490829550875_8457913348431468437_oWho’s your favorite celebrity?

Patrick Stewart, for validating morality and diplomacy in the next generation rather than trying to subdue and dismiss as we see in politics.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

I will never forgive Phoebe Buffay and Joey Tribbiani for not ending up together.

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

That ______ is still alive and living in Argentina with _____ and ______.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

Swiss Rolls. 10/10 would recommend

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

On average, three times. Though my high score is a good deal north of that.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

0.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

0.  

How many Facebook friends do you have?

200

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

I wouldn’t deny that status to any among them.

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Kelly James Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is less than two weeks away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, a pop-up shop from Art In The Alley, the exclusive announcement of our 2017 Mainstage Season, and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew. Thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, production sponsor maurices, and opening night sponsor Art In The Alley for the party and good times!

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To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is someone you may have seen playing a crazy, funny Martian in this season’s THE ROCKETMAN, Kelly James!

12357197_10208173940137065_1729350435850333044_oWho’s your favorite celebrity?

It’s way too hard to pick just one. A couple that come to mind are Johnny Depp or Tom Hiddelston. I think Johnny Depp has so much talent and can transform into so many different characters. Tom Hiddelston cause he’s freaking adorable and can play evil so well (Loki).

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Probably the whole Kardashian family. Do I need to explain myself?
 

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

Cake, cookies, ice cream please don’t make me choose.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

Too many.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

Like 5. Maybe. If that.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

118.

How many Facebook friends do you have?

559.

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

Maybe 5%. 10%

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Tim Komatsu Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is less than two weeks away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, a pop-up shop from Art In The Alley, the exclusive announcement of our 2017 Mainstage Season, and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew. Thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, production sponsor maurices, and opening night sponsor Art In The Alley for the party and good times!

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To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is someone who’s fast becoming one of our favorites – on stage and off – Tim Komatsu!

Komatsu, Tim copyWho’s your favorite celebrity?

2Unlimited. They are the only ones willing to demand that each man, woman and child get ready for this.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Any celebrity that refuses to get ready for this.

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

Bob Dylan introducing the Beatles to drugs. I like to think that we have Dylan to thank for Sgt. Pepper’s.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

My family friend’s Seven Layer Bar or Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

Probably 2 or 3 times. Too often.

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

0.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

0. I just learned that it is Instagram and not Instogram. 

How many Facebook friends do you have?

I don’t know off the top of my head. I would assume around 630.

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

It depends on what percentage come to see this show.

“Eating Cake” w/ MARIE ANTOINETTE: The Dereck Williams Edition!

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Renegade Theater Company’s regional premiere of MARIE ANTOINETTE is two weeks away! Opening night features a post-show party with $2 Bent Paddle Beers, delicious food from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, a pop-up shop from Art In The Alley, the exclusive announcement of our 2017 Mainstage Season, and a chance to meet and mingle with cast and crew. Thanks to season sponsor Bent Paddle, production sponsor maurices, and opening night sponsor Art In The Alley for the party and good times!

buy-tickets

To get you ready for this hilarious, high-fashion, on-fleek masterpiece, 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 in terms of the three most crucial aspects of a person’s personality: Celebrity worship, social media habits, and pastry preferences.

Next up is a very talented, very funny actor, who also happens be one hell of a hair stylist! And he’s sharing all these skills with us on this show. It’s Dereck Williams!

11019835_1147217301961387_1309043736944936978_nWho’s your favorite celebrity?

It’s a toss-up between Nick Jonas, Justin Biebs, and James Franco … I don’t want to talk about why.

Who’s your least favorite celebrity? 

Julia Roberts, she’s awful.

What’s your favorite celebrity rumor?

All time favorites had to be anything involving Marilyn Manson in the late 90’s because they were so preposterous.

What’s your favorite pastry or dessert?

I love pie because it has salty, buttery crust … which are two things that describe me at times.

How many times do you check Facebook in a day?

I can’t even count how many times I check the FB per day!

How many tweets have you posted in your lifetime?

I can count the number of tweets I’ve ever posted on my hands and toes.

How many Instagram photos have you posted in your lifetime?

I’ve posted 85. Too little.

How many Facebook friends do you have?

I have 890 Facebook friends.

What percentage of those are ACTUAL friends?

I’ve been at least acquainted with or have considered most if not all my facebook friends my actual friends at one point or another.

Does that mean I like them all … probably not!