We are just under two weeks away from the opening of our next production.
Wait…seriously? Jesus, that’s a quick turnaround. Especially when you consider our last show starred children trying to avenge their dead fathers, and this one stars evil cops in a totalitarian dictatorship trying to solve the brutal murders of children.
That’s a 180, friends.
But, that’s right, our next production, THE PILLOWMAN by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh opens September 19th!
And it’s a very special production. 5 years ago Renegade Comedy Theatre became Renegade Theater Company, and THE PILLOWMAN was the production that redefined who we are and what we do. And so we thought the perfect way to celebrate 5 years of support from this fantastic community would be to remount the production for anyone dying to see it again – or anyone who missed it the first time.
We’ve got two returning cast members, and Anika Thompson is returning as director, but the rest of the cast and crew is brand new and have injected tons of imagination and creativity to the production. We really are excited to get this one up and running.
One of our new cast members hasn’t even been a Duluth resident for a year yet, but he’s already making a name for himself in the local theater community.
It’s Robert Lee!
1) Tell us a bit about yourself
I was born and reared in the great state of Louisiana. I tried to move to Chicago once, but I thought it was too damn cold… But while I was there I worked with The Side Project. After that I finished a theater degree at LSU and started a theater company in New Orleans. You can find me teaching, designing, performing and directing theater all over this wonderful community. I ended up here following my intelligent wife Gina and with my dumb dog Rufus in tow.
2) How did you first get involved in theater?
In college I was convinced I’d be a writer and signed up for a playwriting class because it was the only creative writing class available. I decided that I should also take an acting class to see who I was writing for. It has been down hill from there. Theater is my passion and often the bane of my wife’s life.
3) What drew you to this show?
This is one of my favorite plays and has been since I read it a couple of years ago. It is so well written and the roles are so great and the themes are so insightfully woven into the script. It is dark and sometimes violent, but it has more heart in it than most scripts – it is a beautiful play. Martin McDonagh is an incredible playwright and I am honored to be a part of this show.
4) How has the experience been? What are the challenges of performing in a show with people who have already done it once before?
Working with Anika has been a real pleasure. I was worried that there would be an attempt to recreate her past success with the show, but I haven’t found that to be the case at all. It has been an incredible experience thus far.
5) Why should people see this show?
All the talent involved in this show is nearly overwhelming. It will be a funny, heart-wrenching experience for sure.