ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale”

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Our regional premiere production of The Whale opened last night to a sold-out house and a standing ovation! Critics are hailing the production and tickets are flying out the door! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

This play has us thinking about our own lives, and what we’d do with one week left to live. We’ve asked our cast and crew to chime in as well, as a way of introducing you to them before you see the show. Next up, a talented local actress who also happens to be one of our favorite people, Michelle Juntunen!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

A giant cabin on a lake. Probably on Madeline Island.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would want to spend it with select family members and close friends.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

Lobster and steak. Great wine. And lots of coffee and pie.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is tomorrow! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s just one day until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, an actress making her Renegade stage debut, Agatha Pokrzywinski!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would spend my last week outside. I would sit by Lake Superior and swim in it, no matter how cold. I would go on a whole lot of hikes around Duluth, take in the autumn splendor, and have picnics in places with quality vistas. If I could skip the 16 hour plane ride I would visit Shanghai, China a city that I hold near and dear to my heart.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

My mother, father, brother, and my lovely dog Cora. Along with a few of my oldest friends and Harry Potter.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

A lot of goat cheese, dark chocolate coated ginger, pesto, good bread with olive oil and balsamic, tempeh ruebens, lates, raspberries, beets, pine nuts, peppermint bon bon ice cream, carrot cake, green beans, kale, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti from Trader Joe’s, bruschetta, waffles, and pumpkin bread.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is this Thursday! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, one of Renegade’s most favorite people, Jody Kujawa!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would go out to New Jersey and jump the wall around Bruce Springsteen’s house. Then I would hop in an armored vehicle and see how close I could get to Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would spend it visiting friends and family and I would take my dogs everywhere I went and tell everyone to fuck off if they don’t like it.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I would eat sushi, tacos and nachos. And I would start smoking again.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the cast of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of The Whale is less than one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, an actor fresh off his Renegade debut in Marie Antoinette, Kjell Hinkel!

If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I’d go to Lester or Hartley a lot probably. Growing up we were often in the woods, and I think I’d need the insulation and isolation.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I think I’d handle this selfishly and keep to myself, but hopefully I would also be able to get in one more run of D&D with my group. But let’s be real, our schedules would never line up with such short notice. Of course my family.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I’m not much of a food person, I’d eat what I already eat: Peanut butter sandwiches and raisins mainly.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE with the director of “The Whale!”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of THE WHALE is less than one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s less than one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend the days we have left introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. Next up, a director who has worked on some of our favorite productions, Julie Ahasay!

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If you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would head for the Boundary Waters, get in a canoe and try to die in the middle of the lake very late at night as I watched the Northern Lights.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

I would want Lane Ellis right there with me. And our cats, even though I would die knowing they hated me for making them float around in a canoe.

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

I would eat walnuts, kalamata olives, vine-ripened tomatoes and popcorn.

And whiskey. Lots of it.

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ONE WEEK TO LIVE w/ the cast and crew of “The Whale”

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Opening night of our regional premiere production of THE WHALE is just one week away! This big-hearted and fiercely funny new drama packs an emotional knockout, and is capped by incredible performances from some of the finest talent in our community. Here’s what it’s about:

On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a 600-pound recluse hides away in his apartment and slowly eats himself to death. Given one week to live by his in-home nurse, and desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Are seven final days enough time to mend a broken family and heal a broken man?

Since it’s one week until The Whale goes live, we thought we’d spend those seven days introducing you to our cast and crew, by asking them what they’d do if they had only one week to live. First up, an actress last seen on the Renegade stage in THE BIRDS, Carrie Mohn!

bw-headshotIf you had one week to live, where would you go?

I would go to the beach. So, ideally, I would be dying in the summertime.

If you had one week to live, who would you spend it with?

My friends and family. Duh.

… And if James McAvoy wanted to join us, I wouldn’t say no.

 

If you had one week to live, what would you eat?

Truffles, lobster, steak, pie, Tiramisu, garlic mashed potatoes, champagne, bourbon, (okay, I added drinks, I know…) chocolate cake, Michelle’s apple crisp with vanilla ice cream, Chicken in a Biskit crackers, anything from a good Mexican restaurant, and mushrooms.

Yes, THAT kind of mushrooms.

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Get Ready For Improv Auditions!

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We’re holding OPEN AUDITIONS for the Renegade Improv team this Saturday, September 10th at noon and Monday, September 12th at 6pm on stage at the Zeitgeist Theater. Come down, learn a few games and give it a try. We’ll be selecting some of you to join our ever-expanding Improv program as Featured Players, where you’ll spend your weekends learning the ropes on stage and behind the scenes.

For more information on what we’re looking for and what you can expect if you make the team, plus a downloadable audition form you can fill out in advance if you want to impress us with your time management skills, CLICK HERE!

Who Were The ASSASSINS? – Charles Guiteau

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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, Charles Guiteau as played by Nathan Payne!

Charles Guiteau was born on September 8, 1841 in Freeport, Illinois. The fourth of six children, Guiteau was raised in Freeport and Ulao, Wisconsin. After a failed attempt to attend the University of Michigan, Guiteau joined the Oneida Community in New York, a controversial religious sect his father belonged to. He then obtained a law license in Chicago and started a firm with an inheritance from his grandfather. After that endeavor failed, he turned to theology and then politics.

After writing a hackneyed speech in support of President Garfield, Guiteau insisted he be awarded with an ambassadorship in Paris. Garfield’s staff grew weary of Guiteau’s repeated requests and eventually told him never to return. Filled with righteous indignation, he shot President Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station on July 2, 1881. Garfield died from his wounds on September 19.

Charles Guiteau’s trial was a media circus, with the defendant viewing himself as something of a celebrity. He claimed he was legally but not medically insane at the time of the shooting and was dismayed to be found guilty on January 23, 1882. Guiteau was sentenced to death by hanging on June 30, 1882.

Who Were The ASSASSINS? – Sara Jane Moore

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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, Sara Jane Moore as played by Mary Fox!

Sara Jane Moore was born on February 15, 1930, and grew up in Kanawha County, West Virginia as one of five children born to Ruth and Olaf Kahn. She was said to be a quiet child who was fond of music. At Stonewall Jackson High School, she belonged to the drama club and starred in the school play.

After high school, Moore went through a series of failed marriages and wound up involved in radical leftist groups in the San Francisco Bay area. She worked as a volunteer bookkeeper at People in Need, a $2 million food-distribution program created by Randolph Hearst in an attempt to placate the Symbionese Liberation Army, which had abducted his daughter, Patty Hearst, in February 1974. During that time, Moore was also working as a paid informant for the FBI.

In 1975, she waited for over three hours outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, where President Gerald Ford was giving a speech to the World Affairs Council. As he was about to climb into his limousine, Moore fired a shot at the president, but the bullet flew over the president’s head, ricocheted off a wall and wounded a cab driver. Moore was wrestled to the ground by an onlooker. The shooting came only 17 days after an attempt on Ford’s life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme.

Moore said her attempt on Ford’s life was made in hopes of triggering a revolution. “I finally understood and joined those who have only destruction and violence for a means of making change – and came to understand that violence can sometimes be constructive,” she said at her sentencing in 1976.

In 1979 Moore escaped prison by climbing over a barbed-wire fence, but was captured several hours later.

She became eligible for parole in 1985, but it was routinely denied. Over the years, she worked as an accountant in the prison drapery factory and donated her needlework to charity. In 2007, at age 77, she was released on parole.

(Courtesy of Biography.com)

Who Were The ASSASSINS? – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme

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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, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme as played by Emily Sue Bengtson!

Squeaky Fromme was born Lynette Alice Fromme in Santa Monica, California on October 22, 1948. Fromme was a child performer, touring with a dance troupe around the age of 10. After high school, Fromme moved to Venice Beach, where she met Charles Manson. She was instantly captivated by Manson, as were all members of his “Family,” and before long Manson invited her to join him.

Fromme moved into the Spahn Ranch with Manson and his followers, taking care of 80-year-old George Spahn, who nicknamed her Squeaky because of the sound she made when he would touch her.

When Manson and his followers were arrested for the multiple murders they committed in August 1969, Fromme avoided police scrutiny because she was not present at either murder scene.

After Manson was convicted, he was moved from prison to prison, and Fromme moved from town to town to be near him. In November 1972, Fromme and four others were arrested after a couple was found murdered and buried in the woods. The other four confessed, and Fromme was released.

Three years later, Fromme’s luck would run out when she pulled a loaded pistol on President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, where she had lived for three years (17 days later, another attempt would be made on Ford’s life by Sara Jane Moore). She was convicted of the attempted assassination and sentenced to life in prison. The trial ended with Fromme throwing an apple at the face of the prosecuting attorney, knocking off his glasses.

In December 1987, Fromme escaped from a West Virginia prison in an attempt to meet up with Charles Manson, who she heard had developed cancer. She was recaptured and imprisoned.

Fromme was released on parole from federal prison in August 2009 at the age of 60, after serving 34 years.

(Courtesy of Biography.com)