Souvenirs! Get Your Souvenirs Here!

We’re pulling out all the stops for our upcoming production of GHOST LIGHT. Sure, it’s a world-premiere script packed full of dazzling stage magic from an award-winning Illusionist, special effects created just for this show from the nationally renowned artist behind the gore in our production of THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, and an original score performed live each night by Adam Sippola. But that’s not enough for us.

We’re even selling souvenirs.

That’s right! Be sure to bring some extra cash with you to the show, and get some of our limited-quantity gear! What are we selling you ask? Well, maybe a very, very, VERY limited edition t-shirt designed by our graphic designer, Matt Olin, might pique your interest.

Obama likes it.

So does Kathy Bates.

Or you can always plunk down $5 and get this:

See, normally we do these things called ‘programs.’ Maybe you’ve heard of them. They’re little books full of information about the show. Well, we’re not doing that this time. This time, we gave Matt Olin free reign and he custom-designed an entire 54-card deck. Each and every card features a different cast or crew bio, behind the scenes tidbit about the production, and even a surprise or two.

Everyone who comes to the show will get one card as their ticket. But if you want the whole deck – the whole program, as it were – that’ll cost you $5. And it’s well worth it. Not only is it packed full of fun surprises, but we’ve also stacked the deck with coupons worth twice what it’ll cost you to purchase the deck. So it’s like making money. And getting a really cool, custom-designed souvenir.

Only catch, quantities are limited. So get to the show early in the run, and get your pack before they’re all gone!

“Ghost Light” Is Coming!

We’re mere weeks away from opening night of our world-premiere production of GHOST LIGHT, and it is not going to be one you want to miss. Tickets are available at www.teatrozuccone.com right now, and if advance sales are any indication, if you wait till the night of the show and try to get tickets at the door, you’re going to be out of luck. So get them now. You won’t regret it.

Check out the debut of the show’s poster, below. As always, it is created by our brilliant graphic designer, Matthew Olin. He’s amazing. But you know that. You can tell.

Wanna Direct a Show?

Renegade is now accepting applications for the position of Director for our upcoming production of:

William Shakespeare Land of the Dead

By John Heimbuch

The show begins rehearsing in early February, and runs March 21-23, 28-30, 4-6.

We are seeking a director who is comfortable with gore, fight choreography, and special effects. Additionally, we need a director with a strong sense of comedy and one who is comfortable working in the classical genre … sorta.

Other requirements…

1. To attend auditions and call backs and work with the Artistic Director on assembling both the cast and creative team for your show.

2. Lead all rehearsals and ensure the production meets all Renegade standards. Communicate process to Artistic Director weekly. Rehearsals will begin in early February, and run on a Sunday-Thursday calendar, with Friday and Saturday evenings typically being days off.

3.  To be available for the TECH WEEK and TECH WEEKEND leading up to the opening night, March 21st, as well as attend the opening night performance. The show runs Thursday-Saturday evenings March 21-23, 28-30 and April 4-6. All shows are at 8pm.

4.  To attend ALL REQUIRED PRODUCTION MEETINGS with the Artistic Director and your team. Production meeting times will be set with all parties present at the first meeting.
This position pays $500.00

What’s It About?

London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside. After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse. As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?

The best-attended show of the 2008 Minnesota Fringe Festival arrives in the Northland to kick off Renegade’s 2013 season with a bloody bang. Take equal parts farce, studied historical piece and comedic homage to George Romero, and blend with Renegade’s proven track record for pushing the theatrical envelope (to say nothing of our excellent blood recipe). The resulting mix is an entertaining feast for your eyes, ears and … braaaaain.

Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter to
Renegade Theater Company
Katy Helbacka, Artistic Director
222 E Superior St
Duluth MN 55802

or by email to
katyhelbacka@gmail.com

Team Nutcracker!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to auditions for THE NUTCRACKER. I continue to be amazed and delighted at the depth and breadth of talent in this town! – Katy

“The Nutcracker” Cast
CLARA: Kier Zimmerman
DAVID: Bryan Burns
MARTHA: Kate Zehr
UNCLE DROSSELMEYER: Zachary Stofer
FRITZ: Matthew Smith
MONKEY: Evan Kelly
HUGO: Cory Anderson
PHOEBE: Jennie Ross
THE RATS: Lacy Habdas, Jessica Ilaug, Kaio Kealoha, Chelsea Reller, Bailey Boots, Laura Greime, Amanda Sjodahl
TEDDY: Andy Bennett

Nutcracker Crew
Director: Katy Helbacka
Choreographer: Amber Burns
Stage Manager: Mackenzie McCullum
Vocal Director: Jenna Kelly
ASM: Topaz Cooks
Set: Evan Kelly
Props: Erin Ohland
Costumes: Katie Martin
Lights/Sound: Andy Bennett
Crew: Lindsey Bushnell, Rachel Landon

Auditions for “THE NUTCRACKER” this Saturday!

Hi all you lovely people -

Auditions for our fantastic and fantastical production of THE NUTCRACKER will be held this Saturday, September 8th. CLICK HERE for all the information you could want on those auditions.

And if you want to be really super-duper prepared, download the audition sides for the callbacks below:

Clara_David_Martha

Clara_David_Martha_2

Clara_Fritz_Toys

Clara_Fritz_Toys 2

Clara_Fritz

Monkey_Hugo

Ratzzz

It’s About Damn Time … Renegade’s 2013 Season Announcement

You guys are a patient bunch, that’s for sure. We took longer than ever before to pick our 2013 season, but that’s because we really wanted to get this one right. We re-introduced Renegade and our new mission to the community in 2008, and that makes this our 5-year anniversary. We’ll be checking the mailbox for gifts made out of wood from all of you. As for what we got you, it’s our 2013 season. A little bit of something for everyone – as long as ‘everyone’ likes their theater to have a little bit of teeth.

Read on to see our full season, and head to the run of GHOST LIGHT to be the first to get our 2013 season brochure, and the first to buy season tickets for what is sure to be an incredible year!

RENEGADE THEATER COMPANY’S 2013 SEASON


William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead

(A true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague)

By John Heimbuch

Northland Premiere

London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside. After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse. As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for.

The best-attended show of the 2008 Minnesota Fringe Festival arrives in the Northland to kick off Renegade’s 2013 season with a bloody bang. Take equal parts farce, studied historical piece and comedic homage to George Romero, and blend with Renegade’s proven track record for pushing the theatrical envelope (to say nothing of our excellent blood recipe). The resulting mix is an entertaining feast for your eyes, ears and … braaaaain.

“Brilliant and hilarious … MUST SEE!” – St. Paul Pioneer Press

An Elizabethan production of bloody proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain.” – Fangoria Magazine

February 21-23, 28-March 2 & 7-9, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.

Venus in Fur

By David Ives

Northland Premiere

Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale, Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress – oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas’ interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they enter into an increasingly serious battle of submission and domination that only one of them can win.

This mysterious, funny, and erotic drama is an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. Renegade is proud to be the first company in the Northland to present the sexiest, funniest and most-acclaimed play of the 2011 Broadway season.

90 minutes of good, kinky fun.” – New York Times

March 28-30 & April 3-6, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.


In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play

By Sarah Ruhl

Northland Premiere

A comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating “hysteria” in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor’s laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter – and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new “hysterical” patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor’s home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.

Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat ‘hysterical’ patients, this funny, touching and insightful play debuted on Broadway to rave reviews and was nominated for 3 2010 Tony Awards. Now, for the first time, it comes to the Northland.

A sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys — but for adults with open hearts and minds.” – New York Times

June 13-15, 20-22 & 27-29, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.

The Burnt Part Boys

Book by Mariana Elder
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen

1962. Pickaway, West Virginia. The town is still reeling from the 1952 mining collapse that killed five men, including the father of fourteen year-old Pete and his older brother Jake. Now, the mining company wants to re-open the mine that still holds these men’s bodies. So the brothers forge a plan and lead an eclectic band of friends on a life-altering journey to the coal mine that took their father’s life, to a shrine now known simply as The Burnt Part.

With its soaring, elegiac bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this inspirational new musical finds both the streaks of light and the heart of darkness within us all. And featuring fantastic roles for the talented kids in our community, it is the perfect way for Renegade to continue our mission to work closely with – and sharpen the skills of – the next generation of performers.

Gives hope that the American musical theatre is not dead yet.” – Associated Press

August 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh

5 Year Anniversary Production

Katurian is a writer of gruesome, unpublished short stories. So, when someone starts killing children in the same ways found in his stories, the police force in the unnamed totalitarian state where he lives have more than a few questions for him. What follows is a terrifying, electrifying and urgent work of theatrical brilliance and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.

Five years ago, Renegade Theater introduced this play to the Northland, while at the same time re-introducing themselves and their new, bold and daring aesthetic to the community that has supported them for over two decades. It was a massive artistic and critical success, with the Duluth News Tribune calling it, “Breathtaking … deeply dark and superbly done.” The only problem? No one saw it. But now, five years and dozens of groundbreaking, boundary pushing shows later, we want another crack at this one. And we want to give you another chance to see it. Who says that in life there are no second chances?

“Energizing… a blindingly bright black comedy… unsettling and exhilarating.” – New York Times

“Thoroughly startling and genuinely intimidating.” – Chicago Tribune

September 19-21, 26-28 & October 3-5, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Book by Alex Timbers
Music and Lyrics by Michael Friedman

Northland Premiere

Come hear the true story of America’s first political maverick, but leave the textbooks and bring some black eyeliner. A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States – who cares if he didn’t have permission? An exhilarating and white-knuckled look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, this hysterical musical recreates and reinvents the life of “Old Hickory,” from his humble beginnings on the Tennessee frontier to his days as Commander-in-Chief. It also asks the question; Is wanting to have a beer with someone reason enough to elect him? What if he’s really, really hot?

With a driving rock score and smart, funny scenes stuffed with satire, this show is a bombastic blast of energy and attitude and one of the most original musicals ever written. Renegade is thrilled to close our 2013 season with a show that combines just about everything we’ve discovered we love about theater in the past 5 years; politics, comedy, rock and roll, murder, blood and sex.

“Hot and cool in one breath … invigorating … devastatingly insightful … unconditionally of the moment.” – New York Times

Oct 31-Nov 2, 7-9, 14-16, 2013 / All shows at 8 p.m.