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)!
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!
What 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.