Renegade Halloween Carnival – Coming Soon

We are a mere 30 days away from our next fun fundraiser (don’t call it a funraiser unless you want to get hit), the Renegade Halloween Carnival!

At 10:30 pm on October 30th, come down to the Teatro Zuccone to celebrate the closing of REEFER MADNESS and enjoy some good, clean fun. You can dance the night away, bob for apples, try your luck at our cake walk and take a sobering stroll through our very own heck house, where you’ll learn the dangers of your evil ways.

Why are we doing this? Well, because we care about our community, and we’re concerned about the direction it’s heading in. Excessive drinking, texting while driving, a lack of flossing – we’ve done it all.

Uh, seen it all. That’s what we mean. We’ve seen it all.

At any rate, we’re concerned. And there is no night with more potential for hell-raising than Halloween. Sure, you could run wild, egging and toilet papering with abandon, or you could let Renegade keep you on the path of morality.

Oh, and if you want to lend a hand, we’d love that too. We’ll need everything from ticket takers to game runners (and maybe even some heck house actors).

And one more thing: If you come, you’d better be wearing a costume. Katy is not screwing around with you on this one. Seriously. They don’t call her “Thug Life” for nothing. She WILL ruin your life.

Free Night of Theater

Renegade Theater Company is very proud to partner with the Minnesota Theater Alliance, the Theatre Communications Group and over 50 theaters across the state for the Minnesota Free Night of Theater – 2010.

Starting at 10am on Wednesday, September 29th, go HERE and reserve a pair of tickets to a Thursday night performance of REEFER MADNESS.

No strings, no fees. The only condition is that you are a first-time visitor to Renegade, or that you bring a first time visitor with you.

After you reserve your tickets online, you will receive a confirmation email from us with a link you’ll need to click to confirm your attendance. You will also receive a reminder email one week before the performance. Thank you for joining us in celebrating Minnesota’s vibrant theater scene. We’ll see you at the theater!

Improv Marathon – Postmortem

Man, that sounds gruesome doesn’t it? Postmortem? But, given how we all currently feel, it’s a pretty appropriate term. The Renegade Improv Players and the New Class spent most of their Sunday catching up on some sorely needed sleep. And this morning, getting out of bed required a crowbar. But we made it through. And it was actually pretty damn fun.

First things first, we need to thank those 13 amazing performers who dedicated 26 hours of their lives to help Renegade out. Your contributions and talents are incredible, and we love you all big, sugary amounts. Also, we need to thank our volunteers; everyone who brought food, tore tickets or bounced drunk people (special shout-out to Andy Miller, our volunteer Iron Man, who stuck out all 26 hours). Another big thanks to our 13 sponsors, who helped make this event a success before it even began. And finally, thanks to the hundreds of people who came to see us at some point during the marathon. Not only did your donations help Renegade financially, your presence kept us all from murdering each other.

So the event was a huge success, and now that we’ve got the clarity a few hours sleep provides, we thought it would be fun to share with you our favorite photos from the event:

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We’re Live Blogging The Marathon!

Have you ever wanted to know what thoughts race through, say, Jody’s mind after 20 hours without sleep? Well your freaky little fantasy has been answered. We will be live blogging all the way through the 26 hours of the Improv Marathon.

Now you won’t have to wonder what you missed when you were busy letting the dog out (Katy and Andy), getting another PBR tallboy (Jody) or peeing in a corner of the stage (Kyle). Want to know our favorite quotes from the night? Here you go. Want to know what we thought of that scene that just tanked onstage? Here you go. Want to know what it sounds like when doves cry? Ask Prince. We’re busy. We’re Live Blogging.

Renegade Theater Company: Limping into the 21st Century!

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Today Is The Day!

Here. We. Go.

In just a few short hours Renegade Improv and The New Class will take the stage for our 26-hour Improv Marathon. It was nice knowing all of you. Make sure to say something nice at our funerals.

Since we’re currently saving every ounce of strength and brain power we have (which isn’t much to begin with), we’re ending this week of blogging with another Stuff We Like. Except this time it’s all about the Improv styles and teams we admire. And if you like these videos, check out Renegade Improv on Saturday nights. We might be trying a few of these.

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One Day Away!

On Tuesday night, the Renegade Improv Team met with the New Class for our first-ever joint rehearsal in preparation for the grand finale show of our 26-hour Improv Marathon.

Getting these two groups together in the same room was a feat the U.N. would have been proud of. Jody kept insisting the New Class refer to him as “Worshipful Master,” Evan wouldn’t get off his damn cell phone, and Pat kept licking Andy’s ear. But somehow we got through the rehearsal, and are ready to kick that finale’s butt. If we’re still able to speak and walk after a full 24 hours of Improv that is.

Here’s a peek behind the scenes at our last rehearsal before the big night.

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The Countdown Continues

We’re creeping ever closer to the kick-off of the 26-hour Improv Marathon! We’ll be spending the whole week on the Renegade blog getting you (and us) ready for this incredibly ill-advised way to spend a weekend.

Tomorrow, we’ll have a a guest post from Renegade’s New Class, talking about how they’ve been getting into prime playing shape for the Marathon, and what style they’re most excited to unleash upon you, the unsuspecting general public.

Thursday, we’ll give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at our final rehearsal before the big night, when the regular weekend crew joins forces with the New Class to prepare for our massive Grand Finale show.

And Friday, we’ll dedicate our weekly “Stuff We Like” post to the Improv styles we love and admire, and can’t wait to try ourselves.

But today, the Renegade Improv players are going to spill a little dish on the style you’ve seen them play if you’ve been at the theater either of the past two Saturdays. IO Chicago calls it “The Armando Diaz Experience.” The Upright Citizens Brigade calls it “ASSSSSCAT!” We just call it our new favorite style.

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The Countdown Begins!

That’s how long we have left until Renegade’s first ever 26-hour Improv Marathon! The players are getting ready by carbo-loading, listening to this song, and practicing saying, “I know that song sucks, I’m listening to it ironically, now pass me the coffee or I will kill you,” over and over.

But, with such little time left before the big weekend, we could still use some help from you. “What can I possibly do?” you ask? Well, if you’d shut up for two damn seconds we’d tell you.

Sheesh.

Anyway, there’s a lot you can do to help out! We need volunteers to do everything from tear tickets, to help us keep the theater somewhat tidy, to toss unruly drunks (just don’t toss the unruly drunk named Jody, we need him).

Also, we’re probably going to get hungry at some point during these 26 hours. And if we don’t eat we get cranky. So, if you feel like bringing us some food, we’d love you forever. Just don’t poison it. If you do, you’ll only be killing Jake, as he’s the official Renegade food taster.

If you feel like lending a hand in any way, contact Evan. He’s the mastermind behind this nightmare, and the one we’re all going to blame after it’s over. His email is evankelly@gmail.com. And if you’re a Nigerian prince, he’s totally willing to help you with that bank transfer.

See you all at the Marathon!