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
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
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
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.
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
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.