For the past eight years Renegade N.O.W (New Original Works) has been an integral part of the Renegade Theatre Festival. Renegade N.O.W. solicits scripts for new, never before produced plays from both first-time and more established playwrights. Renegade N.O.W. coordinators work to bring together the finest of each year’s play submissions which are then performed for the public as free staged readings during the Festival. The Renegade Theatre Festival and Renegade N.O.W. are proud to be summer ‘destination points’ in mid-Michigan!
Renegade N.O.W. kicks off the festival during the first weekend (August 10 - 12), where patrons will be privy to the six lucky playwrights whose plays were chosen from the over 400+(!) submissions we received this year. And the winner of the Renegade N.O.W. portion of the festival will be featured in its own time slot during the second weekend of the festival (August 17 - 19).
We can't wait for you to see what Renegade N.O.W. has in store.....
All performances at RED CEDAR FRIENDS MEETING HALL
THURSDAY AUGUST 10
7:00 PM Etudes Playwright: Serena Berman Director: Gabriel Francisco Explores the intimate moments in adolescence where learned behaviors and unarticulated discoveries piece together the women we become.
A Civilized World Playwright: Anghus Houvouras Director: Michael McCallum An opioid addict is sentenced to death in the near future where being an unproductive member of society is a capital offense.
9:00 PM Butterflies & Margarine Playwright: Oded Gross Director: Paige Tufford Hazel has fallen in love with John after meeting him three months ago when she found him naked in a field, unable to remember anything, not who he is, how he got there or any detail about his life.
Fernando Playwright: John C. Davenport Director: Todd Heywood What begins as a night in court becomes an adventure in passion, family, folklore, mysticism and baseball.
FRIDAY AUGUST 11 7:00 PM 10-Minute Plays: Rogue Reality Reading Signs by Marilynn Barner Anselmi A daughter struggles to communicate with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. Their drive through town is also a journey to acceptance, understanding and realization of the love between a mother and child. Directed by Bridgette Redman
Synthia by Rob Matsushita (Winner of 10-Minute play category) The final AI test of an android with some fairly outspoken ideas about the world.
What We Want in the Dark by Irene L. Pynn A science-fiction piece about a woman interrogating an alien. Directed by Ann Marie Foley
That Bee Gees Song by Seth McNeill Two guards stand outside the palace of our great leader trying hard to stay positive about the state of their government and their future. Directed by Nick Lemmer
The Defenders of the Tender Gender Bender by Rich Orloff Parents of a child who transcends easy categorization are flummoxed about how to deal with a request from the child's new school. Directed by Anna Szabo
What I Like About Bob by Charles Leipart Two Corporate Bobs. One black. One white. Two Bobs in one job. One of the Bobs has got to go. Directed by Nick Lemmer
Power Playwright: Kate Danley Director: Katie Doyle Each night in front of the audience, the cast pulls their status relationships from a hat and must then leap immediately into the play. Power isn't about what is being said… it is about everything else.
9:00 PM Etudes (See details above)
A Civilized World (See details above)
SATURDAY AUGUST 12 7:00 PM Butterflies & Margarine (See details above) Fernando (See details above)
9:00 PM 10-Minute Plays: Rogue Reality (See details above)
Power (See details above)
Playwright Bios – Renegade NOW 2017
Robert Harders (Bernie and Louise) received a Los Angeles Critics Circle nomination for his direction of the play Secret Honor and an Associate Director's credit for his collaboration with Robert Altman on the film version of the play production. Mr. Harders wrote, produced, and directed the short film, The Last Laugh, a comedy in a mortuary with Grace Zabriskie, LaTanya Richardson, and Philip Baker Hall, which was selected for the International Critics' Week section of the Cannes Film Festival. The Last Laugh has been sold throughout Europe and Asia and appeared in the United States on the PBS series "The Short List" as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Program. Mr. Harders has authored numerous plays as well as television and film scripts including the sequel to Robert Altman's Nashville and the film Home Movies, directed by Brian de Palma. Harders is a former Associate Director/Playwright-In-Residence at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) where he initiated and ran the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ LAB.
Anghus Houvouras (A Civilized World) is a Wilmington, NC based writer with three produced features from his scripts. He is best known for writing and producing the feature film Dead Heist (2007) which has been released in over 20 countries and attained cult status among zombie fans. Most recently he has written and released the graphic novel "EXE: Executable File". In addition, his dark comedy "Dine & Dash" was selected to be staged as part of the 2016 Downtown Urban Arts Festival in New York City and was awarded 3rd place in the one act competition. This summer his play "Penmanship" will be featured in the 2017 Equity Library Festival in New York City.
Kate Danley (Power) is an award winning playwright and novelist. She spent over five weeks on the USA TODAY bestseller list and has sold over half-a-million books globally. She has been honored with the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year (The Woodcutter), McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year (Queen Mab), and her series Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker has been optioned for film and television development. Her first full-length script, the 1930s screwball comedy Building Madness, won the prestigious 2016 Panowski Playwriting Award. Her second full-length script, Bureaucrazy, is a semi-finalist in the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Her plays have been fully produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ottawa (Canada), Bath (UK), Grande Prairie (Canada), Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, and Anchorage, among others. She graduated from Towson University with a BS in Theatre Summa cum Laude and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She trained at RADA London, The Groundlings, Folger Shakespeare, Theatricum Botanicum, Acme Comedy Theater, and Seattle Rep.
Rob Matsushita (Synthia) is a playwright, author, actor, filmmaker and a podcaster, with a show called "10 Minutes About Your Favorite Movie," which is available on iTunes. He has written and produced over ten full-length shows, and his plays have been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and Chicago. He was an actor and writer for the popular web series, "Chad Vader." You can also check out his work on his official page, IverPictures.com. Irene L. Pynn’s (What We Want in the Dark) plays include I, Cockroach (2016 Renegade N.O.W. Winner)), The Church of Saint Bearer, We’re Having a Baby!, TheTrain, How to Field Dress an Android, and several ten-minute shorts. Her work has been produced and/or developed around the United States and abroad by First Person Theatre, WhatIf? Productions, The Alley Theatre, Torrent Theatre, Starlite Players, Fury Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, M.T. Pockets Theatre, Playwrights’ Roundtable, and more. Irene is a member of the Dramatists Guild and earned an MFA in writing from Seton Hill University. Her other publications include short stories, short plays, interactive plays, alternate reality games, and a novel.
Seth McNeill (That Bee Gees Song) is an actor and playwright from Jackson, MS currently living in Queens with his wife because Brooklyn is too damn expensive. Writing credits include: Contained Fires (Boomerang Theatre Co First Flight 2016 Finalist, Primary Stages ESPA Drills Semifinalist 2015, Colonial Players Promising Playwright Semifinalist), Hotel/Hostel (Naked Angels), Profanity Pedagogy… (Jimmy’s #43/ESPA), Raised by Wolves & Sheep (EAT, Manhattan Rep). In addition, he has performed new plays and very old ones in NYC and across the country. Training: Circle in the Square, Primary Stages ESPA, Pataphysics at the Flea Theater, Padraic Lillis, Anne Washburn.
Rich Orloff (The Defenders of the Tender Gender Bender) The New York Times called Orloff’s two-character play BIG BOYS "rip-roaringly funny" and named FUNNY AS A CRUTCH a Critic's Pick. Show Business Weekly called THE NAKED TRUTH "a rare gem of a comedy”. Orloff’s two-person comedy ROMANTIC FOOLS has had over 90 productions in the USA, Africa, Asia and Europe, including a 20-month run in Madrid. Orloff’s short plays have had over 1400 productions on six continents - and a staged reading in Antarctica. Seven have been included in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology, more than any other playwright in recent history.
Charles Leipart(What I Like About Bob) The 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, 1st Prize Award for Cream Cakes in Munich. His play, A Kind of Marriage, exploring the private life of British novelist E.M. Forster, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation LGBT 2015 Playwriting Award. His original portrait of Pamela Harriman, Swimming at the Ritz, developed with award-winning BBC director David Giles, began a UK National Tour in March 2011 supported by the Arts Council England; American premiere at New Jersey Rep Company, Jan 2015. Charles is a former Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation and a graduate of Northwestern University. A member of the Dramatists Guild and of the National New Play Network’s New Play Exchange. www.charlesleipart.com
Oded Gross’s (Butterflies and Margarine) plays have been produced throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Great Lakes Theater, The Theatre at Boston Court and The Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Russia. His adaptations include Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and Gogol’s The Government Inspector (aka The Inspector General), for which he also wrote the music. Butterflies and Margarine, Oded’s latest play was a semi-finalist for the George R. Kernodle Playwriting Competition. His adaptations, as well as his original productions have garnered numerous Critics Picks and nominations including Best Adaptation by LA Weekly, Backstage West and LA Stage Times for The Government Inspector and LA Weekly’s Critics “Pick Of The Week” for The Comedy of Romeo and Juliet. He received his degree in drama from Brandeis University. He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and an even prouder husband and father of two beautiful children.
Serena Berman (Etudes) is a playwright, actress, and producer living in NYC. In 2014, she debuted an evening of work at the Davenport Theater called Wisdom, and Other Short Plays. She was a co-founder of (para)classical theater company Artilliers, with whom she was commissioned to write sea/sick, a semi-devised play based on A Dream Play by August Strindberg. Her short plays have been performed at The Players Theater, Bizarre Bushwick, The Yard, and Chinatown Soup. To learn more about her dual actor/singer identity, check her out www.serenaberman.com