The Renegade Theater and Film Group is proud to present the
Los Angeles premier of the debauched whimsical dramedy THINGS WE WANT, coming to the Renegade Theater on October 3rd, 2013.
ABOUT THE SHOW
"I like watching all the popular God-fearing idiots try and raise little versions of themselves while I suck on Popsicles and drink malt liquor. It makes me feel superior."
Three adult brothers are living together once again in their childhood apartment, struggling to redefine themselves while pursuing their desires and coping with the void left by a shared loss. Drastic shifts in their dynamics occur after a neighbor named Stella becomes a part of their lives. A sweet and sour look at the illusions we have about what makes us happy--and what is within our power to change.
A dark comedy about desire, alcoholism, and bonsai trees. Jonothan Marc Sherman is a New York playwright. His plays include SOPHISTRY, WOMEN AND WALLACE, WONDERFUL TIME and many others.
THINGS WE WANT was originally produced by The New Group (Scott Elliott, Artistic Director; Geoff Rich, Executive Director) in association with Janice Montana at The Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row in New York City, opening on November 7th, 2007. It was directed by Ethan Hawke; the set design was by Derek McLane; the costume design was by Mattie Ullrich; the lighting design was by Jeff Croiter; the sound design was by Daniel Baker; and the production stage manager was Valerie A. Peterson. The cast included Paul Dano (Charlie), Peter Dinklage (Sty), Josh Hamilton (Teddy), and Zoe Kazan (Stella).'has to have the highest cool quotient of any show in town.' - The New York Times'a powerful and hilarious vision of a family that constantly struggles to survive in a world that has not been kind to them.' - Associated Press
'The play is a kind of tone poem--with lots of whoopee-cushion laughs--about boys becoming men, and about the terror and humor of being born male at all' - The New Yorker
'A raucous, sentimental, quick-witted domestic comedy that takes a lot of familiar elements and makes them perilously enjoyable--His characters clearly know their way around bottles of Jack Daniels and more esoteric pharmaceuticals. The drug of choice, however, are disillusionment and desire.' -New York News Day
THINGS WE WANT runs October 3rd through October 27th. Performances are at the
Renegade Theatre, 1514 N. Gardner St.(corner of Gardner and Sunset) Los Angeles, CA 90036 - Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 6 PM. Tickets are $20. Industry and press comp tickets are available. Allow time for street parking.
For reservations, call (323) 874-1733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE CREATIVES
FOUNDING DIRECTOR - THE RENEGADE THEATRE AND FILM GROUP
Chick won the role of Sonny and performed first in the "Bus and Truck" Tour, and then later in the second National Tour. When Grease broke the record of longest running musical, Chick performed the role of Sonny on Broadway. After leaving the "Grease" tour, Chick again returned to Los Angeles where he began studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with acclaimed director and teacher Milton Katselas. For the next two years, Chick acted various rolls in film and television until he returned to New York to do the play Jockeys directed by Milton Katselas. Chick was awarded the Theater World Award for his role as Angel in Jockeys. Back in L.A., after Jockeys, Chick starred in Thank God It's Friday where, as Marv the Leather Man, he performed the now famous dance on seven cars in the parking lot of a Hollywood discotheque. Casting director Marion Dougherty, who had seen Chicks performance in Jockeys, asked him to audition for the role of Danny opposite Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave in the WWII love story Yanks directed by John Schlesinger. This began Chick's work as an actor in more than 50 films, including The Milagro Beanfield War directed by Robert Redford. Chick's voice can be heard portraying characters in many animated television series, including Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award winning Animaniacs, in which Chick created the voices for Pesto and The God Pigeon. In addition to acting, music, dance and voice-overs, Chick has written and directed for television, stage and film. Chick has also worked as a singer and songwriter for radio, television and film. Chick expanded his resume to include teaching. Under the guidance of acclaimed director and teacher, Milton Katselas, Chick taught for over a decade at the esteemed Beverly Hills Playhouse before founding his own school, The Renegade Theatre and Film Group, in June 2009. In addition to the Theater World Award, Chick has received the Golden Eagle Award and was part of the ensemble cast awarded the Daytime Emmy for Animaniacs. Chick is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
BRAD BLAISDELL - DIRECTOR
Chick Vennera asked him to direct his students in "Things We Want", and has enjoyed working with this very talented cast. Brad is an actor, a singer, a coach, a director, a writer, and producer, but his first love is acting and his career spans more than forty years. He starred on Broadway in "Going Up" and "I Love My Wife", and Off Broadway in "Tenderloin". He won a Drama Logue Award co- starring with Woody Harrelson in Edward Albee's "Zoo Story", under Mr. Albee's eye. Brad co-starred in "Mask" at the Pasadena Playhouse, directed by Richard Maltby Jr., and he played Charles Bukowski, in The 2009 NYC Fringe Festival Best Musical Winner, "Bukowsical". Brad has appeared in more than 40 films, including "The Negotiator", "A Dangerous Woman", "The Rat Pack", "Road Ends", and "Executive Decision". He starred in the award winning independent film "Suspicion" now out on DVD and on Netflix. He's had many dozens of roles on Television, including his first recurring role as Mike the (Regal Beagle) Bartender on "Three's Company" and he was the evil Yint on "Star Trek, Deep Space 9". He recently guest-starred on "CSI-New York", "Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior", and "The Mentalist". Brad is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Merilee Magnuson, and their daughter Hannah.
VAUGHN MINISSIAN - CHARLIE
A Los Angeles native who was raised in the artistically prolific city of Pasadena, CA. He cultivated his passion for the performing arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was exposed to multiple forms of self-expression in the debauched town of Isla Vista. He picked up a book written by Sanford Meisner his senior year and was introduced to the concept of moment to moment. After graduation, Vaughn decided he wanted to explore this profoundly foreign concept of truly being in one moment at a time. He spawned the phrase "acting is the vicarious fulfillment of the human experience", threw back a Pabst Blue Ribbon and got to work. He starred in two community plays in Pasadena upon his return to Los Angeles; one of them being the acclaimed "In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play" by Sarah Ruhl. He began studying with Chick Vennera in March of 2012 and has continued to hone his craft ever since.
DON DiPETTA - STY
Don DiPetta can be see in the upcoming films Mobbed Up starring Robert Logia, Uncle Nick starring Brian Posehn, and the highly anticipated Undrafted directed by Joe Mazzello and starring Aaron Tveit, Chase Crawford, and Billy Gardell. In addition to Don's film work, he can be seen in internet commercials for the Toyota Tundra, studied with the Upright Citizens Brigade and Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, as well as the Renegade Theater and Film Group. A former professional baseball player, DiPetta's childhood was spent around some of the most brilliant comedians and comedic actors to ever grace the stage at the family owned, and now world famous, Punchline Comedy Club in Atlanta, Georgia. It made acting and Los Angeles easy choices after baseball; and apropos considering he played for the Bill Murray owned St. Paul Saints.
ANDREW LOVISKA - TEDD
YA native of Seattle, WA, Andrew is a proud founding member of the Renegade Players. He is excited to return to the Renegade stage, after previously appearing in the company's west coast premier of "But Not For Love." He recently completed filming a starring role in Landon Hughes' Play, about an Iraq War vet wrestling with PTSD, and can be seen on TV as the face of California Lottery's Lucky for Life Scratchers campaign. Urgh, I always feel like such a phony bragging like that :)
AMANDA CORREIA - STELLA
Amanda moved to Los Angeles from Boston in June 2011. Since her arrival, she has been studying with Chick Vennera at the Renegade Theatre and Film Group. She is currently starring in My Damn Channel's original comedy series, "Linked Out," which premiered on a live broadcast in April 2012. She can be seen in most of Junior Varsity's comedy projects as a recurring cast member. Before moving to Los Angeles, Amanda graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA with a degree in Speech Pathology and Rehabilitation Counseling. She also performed live improv at various comedy clubs around the New England area. She continues improv, and is also a member of the "Welcome Back Sketch Show," which performs in and around the Los Angeles area. Amanda is an avid puppeteer and fluent in Portuguese. Obrigado!