The shows at Renegade are as varied as the theatre artists presenting! Come see what mid-Michigan's professional companies, college programs, community theatres and independents have created for you to explore.
WEEKEND ONE (Aug 10 - 12) will feature the Renegade N.O.W. plays, the best and the brightest of the over 300+ submissions the festival received this year!
WEEKEND TWO (Aug 17 - 19) will see 5 different Lansing neighborhoods invaded with over 18 theatre companies bringing their shows: dramas, musicals, staged readings, fierce stage combat, and more. Year twelve of the festival will bring new meaning to the term "renegade"! Join us.
THURSDAY AUGUST 17 –SATURDAY AUGUST 19 Most shows run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Be sure to check each listing for exceptions as some shows run only once or twice. Production schedule is listed by neighborhood.
OLD TOWN Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19
6:30 PM Soap Box Speeches coordinated by Tom Helma Performances by actors of famous speeches from throughout history, including Mother Theresa, Golda Meir, Dorothy Height and Robert Kennedy. (30 min) DREAMMAKER STAGE
7:00 PM Boise, Idaho by Sean Michael Welch (Riverwalk Theatre) A narrator dutifully chronicles the meeting of a couple in a café in Paris, France, only to start losing control of his characters once they realize he exists. (30 min) MICA GALLERY
Bad Auditions for Bad Actors 2 by Ian McWethy (Generations Community Theater) A local community theatre is casting Romeo & Juliet, but the pool of auditionees makes that task hilariously impossible. (30 min) RED CEDAR FRIENDS MTG HALL
8:00 PM Beyond Telling by Raymond Goodwin (Raymond Goodwin, independent) A newspaper columnist confronts a night of terror. (60-70 min) RED CEDAR FRIENDS MTG HALL
9:00 PM Power by Kate Danley (2017 Winner – Renegade N.O.W.) 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. (45 min) MICA GALLERY
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM RENEGADE TEENS: Day Long Workshop – SATURDAY ONLY (Aug. 19) Professional actor and educator Rico Bruce Wade guides an ensemble of high school students to create and perform their own original one-act play in a single day. Space is still available for this free workshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Performance: 5:00 p.m. MICA GALLERY
EAST LANSING Friday August 18 & Saturday August 19
6:30 PM Soap Box Speeches coordinated by Tom Helma Performances by actors of famous speeches from throughout history, including Mother Theresa, Golda Meir, Dorothy Height and Robert Kennedy. (30 min) BROAD ART MUSEUM
7:00 PM Visions for the End of the World by Scott Crandall (Independent Production) Through poetry, image-centric stage work, and movement, the performance explores our historical and present relationships to Armageddon through a language of visions and prophecy. (35-40 min) BROAD ART MUSEUM
8:00 PM Grasp by Jim McEwan (Greater Lansing Ballet Co.) A dystopian future where perception is control. (30-45 min) SCENE METROSPACE
EASTSIDE Thursday August 17 & Friday August 18
7:00 PM Chalk by Walt McGough (Williamston Theatre) Maggie survived the end of the world, but now her daughter has come home, and something about her is… wrong. The two women square off, kept apart only by their pasts and a protective chalk circle, hastily drawn on to the floor. A lean, tense thriller about a mother trying to bring her daughter back from a dangerous present and the distance of a past all too near. (60 min) ALLEN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
8:00 PM A Little on the Nose Improv organized by Nick Lemmer (Independent Production) Short comedy sketches and improv games including audience participation. (45-50 min) HAPPENDANCE
9:00 PM Dog Act by Liz Duffy Adams (Michigan State University Theatre Dept.) Follows the traveling performer Zetta Stone, her companion Dog and her diverse theatre troupe as they journey through the wilderness of the former Northeast US, heading toward a gig in China in this post-apocalyptic vaudeville. (60-70 min) ALLEN NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
REO TOWN Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19
6:30 PM Soap Box Speeches coordinated by Tom Helma Performances of famous speeches from throughout history, including Mother Theresa, Golda Meir, Dorothy Height and Robert Kennedy. (30 min) Thursday, Aug. 17 WASHINGTON AVE. STREETCORNER
7:00 PM Synthia by Rob Matsushita (2017 Winner – N.O.W. 10-Minute Play) The final AI test of an android with some fairly outspoken ideas about the world. (10 min) BLUE OWL CAFÉ
Skildtrade Cabaret organized by Rico Bruce Wade (Independent Production) Intelligent scripted comedy and energetic improvised hilarity with music and theatrical multimedia. (40 min) Thursday, Aug. 17 THE ROBIN THEATRE
The Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye by The Firesign Theatre (Audio Airforce) This live stage production spoofs the conventions of the old film noir detective radio shows, right down to the special effects, the sponsors, the on-air host, and the convoluted plots to recreate the ‘golden days’ of radio. (60 min.) Friday & Saturday, Aug. 18-19 THE ROBIN THEATRE
8:00 PM Spoken Word Stagecoordinated by Masaki Takahashi & Grace Carras, The Poetry Room Performers include self-described activists, brujas, radicals, lovers and fighters. Come prepared to hear people share pieces of their worlds. (60 min) Friday & Saturday, Aug 18-19 BLUE OWL CAFE
9:00 PM Home is Where the Song Is by Andy Callis (Lansing Community College Theatre Dept.) A musical revue that showcases local songwriters Jen Sygit, Jason Strotheide and the late Rob Klajda by bringing to life the characters and stories in their moving and perceptive songs. (60 min) THE ROBIN THEATRE
DOWNTOWN Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19
8:00 PM Scenes from The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman & Tectonic Theatre Project (Downeaster Theatre) In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay student from Laramie, Wyoming was brutally murdered. The small town reacts to this hate crime in a series of short scenes. (45 min) IMPRESSION 5 SCIENCE CENTER
9:00 PM Building The Wall by Robert Schenkkan (Peppermint Creek Theatre Co) Sixteen months after the 45th president of the U.S. is sworn in, Rick is caught up as the front man of the new administration’s edicts in a terrifying and gripping exploration of what happens if we let fear win. LANSING ART GALLERY
CANCELLED PRODUCTIONS: "Pirates of the Cafeteria" from the Mid-Michigan Family Theatre, and "Power Plays" from the Blue Light Players