The Pillowman Opening Night – Happy Anniversary Gift From Us To You!

IMG_3972 - Copy_1200x800It’s here lovely blog readers. Opening night of our 5th-anniversary production of THE PILLOWMAN. We are beyond excited to give our audience another chance to see one of our all-time favorite shows. It’s been a fast and wonderful 5 years, and we’ve come a long way. Thanks to people like you, we’ve been able to pick these types of bold, daring, button-pushing shows. But, while we love picking new, original and imaginative works, what we love more than anything is to invite the community into our space and to entertain the hell out of them.

 

And it’s with that in mind that we’ve decided to give you all an Anniversary present. Tonight only, tickets to THE PILLOWMAN are just $5 at the door.

 

That’s right. $5.

 

All you have to do is tell Colleen (our lovely and talented box office manager) “Happy Anniversary.” Then fork over $5 and settle in for an evening of theater you won’t soon forget.

 

Oh, and if you can’t make it tonight, the same code will get you $10 tickets at the door on Thursday, Sept 26th or Thursday, Oct 3rd.

 

Come on down to the Teatro Zuccone and help us celebrate 5 years of cutting-edge theater!

 

The Pillowman – Katurian, Katurian, Katurian

IMG_1882Our next production, THE PILLOWMAN by Academy Award-winner Martin McDonagh opens September 19th! It’s our 5th Anniversary of the company’s new direction so we thought the perfect way to celebrate 5 years of support from this fantastic community would be to remount one of our favorite productions 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 is no stranger to Renegade, and was last seen terrifying some college kids in GHOST LIGHT. Now he’s the one getting the crap scared out of him.

 

It’s Luke Moravec!

 

1) Tell us a bit about yourself

 

I’m a Scooby-Doo nut, so I love a good mystery… or even an easy to solve mystery with only, like, two suspects. I’ve also been jumping into Lake Superior every month for the past 101 months. I work with the YMCA’s KEY Zone program after school as the Site Coordinator at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. It’s a hoot.

 

2) How did you first get involved in theater?

 

It’s vain. Whenever I would go see a show in college, I watched as all those people on stage received applause. I wanted some of that. So I auditioned for the spring show of my senior year in college. I wound up playing Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” And, sure, I got some applause, but that was nothing compared to how much fun it was to run around on stage saying these cool lines and playing pretend.

 

3) What drew you to this show?

 

I’d not heard a bad word about “The Pillowman.” People all talked about how great it was. An acting challenge can often be alluring too. This show is, if nothing else, a daunting experience for each of the players.

 

4) How has the experience been? What are the challenges of performing in a show with people who have already done it once before?

 

Early on, I personally felt a need to catch up. It was like “boy, I better get these lines down before these two guys get bored.” That ended up being a nice motivation actually. It’s also tough knowing that the last production was so loved. It’s easy to think about how a number of audience members might be comparing you to what they’ve seen before, but ultimately, you just have to forget about it and do your show the best that you can. And it’s been fun.

 

5) Why should people see this show?

 

If you like a grim tale, see the show. If you like smart humor, see the show. If you like good theatre, see the show.

 

6) Anything else you want us to know?

 

I think that people who know the show, or people who have read the synopsis, can easily categorize this play as “dark and twisted.” but it’s also funny and incredibly heartwarming. Go into it expecting a gut punch, but don’t close your eyes to those touching moments.

 

The Pillowman Cometh – Meet Our Michal!

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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!robertforblog copy

 

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.

 

Auditions for Two Amazing Shows!

It’s audition time again, everybody. This time, we’re looking for men and women of all ages to fill the casts of two wildly different, but equally incredible plays. Best part? Both of these shows are being directed by the very, VERY talented Anika Thompson. She’s got a busy summer and fall planned for herself, and she’d love to have you join her. Here’s the details:

THE SHOWS

In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play
By Sarah Ruhl / Directed by Anika Thompson

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.

SEEKING MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES FOR:
Dr. Givings – The good doctor
Mrs. Catherine Givings – His wife
Mrs. Sabrina Daltry – A depressed customer
Mr. Daltry – A frustrated and confused husband
Annie – A Midwife
Elizabeth – A Wet Nurse
Leo Irving – An Englishman and an Artist

The Pillowman
By Martin McDonagh / Directed by Anika Thompson

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.

SEEKING MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES FOR:
Katurian – A writer
Tupolski – A detective, strong of mind
Ariel – A detective, strong of fist
Michal – Katurian’s brother, strong of nothing
Girl – 12+
Boy – 14+
Father
Mother

AUDITION INFORMATION

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 12:00-2:00
WHERE: Teatro Zuccone in Downtown Duluth
PREPARE: Please prepare a monologue, no longer than one minute. If you are auditioning for the role of Katurian in “The Pillowman,” please prepare one of these stories as your monologue.

Email katyhelbacka@gmail.com to request a time slot for your monologue.
CALLBACKS:

  • NEXT ROOM CALLBACKS: Saturday, March 23 at 2:00
  • PILLOWMAN CALLBACKS: Sunday, March 24 at 2:00