Renegade Theater Company

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Director Julie Ahasay talks about The Pavilion, her current show for Renegade Theater Company.

It's a story about do-overs: the ones you want, the ones you think you want ... and the ones you actually get.

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Folks who shock easily might want to steer clear of Renegade Theater Company's regional premier of Hand to God.

But those who don't mind questionable and quirky could find the show right up their alley.  And it includes a role the director says is being singled out as one of the newest and most difficult for an actor to play.

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The story of a 600 pound man wrapping up the loose ends of his life features a powerhouse cast,  including an actor known in the Twin Ports for his physicality.

Confined in a prosthetic suit, director Julie Ahasay says Kujawa has to redirect that energy in different directions.  "It's all in his face; it's all in his voice -- it's all in how he connects with different people."


Renegade Theater Company is not just in the middle of three shows right now: Seminar runs through May 14, Marie Antoinette opens in July and auditions are coming up for Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.

They also hope to set the 2017 season by next month ... and Development Director Andy Bennett says the emerging theme of their season selection seems to be people going after their dreams despite unexpected obstacles -- but, of course, with a Renegade twist.

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You know that anxiety dream where you're on stage (sometimes naked) and you've got no script, no lines memorized - nothing?

The improv actors of Renegade Theatre Company are livin' that dream.  Just with clothes on.

Andy Bennett of Renegade Theater Company offers tips on creating an impersonation ... and takes notes on an evolving piece of sketch comedy involving Duluth Mayor Don Ness and UMD Theater professor Tom Isbell as Nice Midwestern Guys.

Andy Bennett makes a great show of talking up Renegade's New Works Festival next week as an opportunity to focus on and support writers.  Bennett paints a picture of a process that gets playwrights out of their solitary garrets and brings them together in a supportive, creative community.  But has he told them that the Festival begins with a Write Fight on Wednesday where eight writers compete in a "single elimination tournament live on stage"??