Richard Baker, (323) 874-1733
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Richard Baker (323) 874-1733
Begins October 27th, 2011
Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car – E.B. White
• A catalogue of stalking, gang bangs and child abuse, all in a car
• Featuring a talented, award-winning team with credits in theatre, TV and film
• Written by award winning bad boy Neil Labute
Runs, October 27th, through November 20th, 2012
(Los Angeles, CA) (October, 2011)... The Renegade Theatre and Film Group is proud to present Autobahn, coming to The Renegade Theatre beginning October 27th, 2011.
About The Show
Written by acclaimed playwright and filmmaker Neil Labute (in the Company of Men, your Friends and Neighbors), Autobahn is a provocative collection of one-act plays all set within the confines of a front seat of a car, investigating the inchoate apprehension that surrounds the steering wheel. From make-out sessions gone awry, to a reconnaissance mission involving the rescue of a Nintendo 64, to a daughter’s long ride home after her release from rehab- the play explores the ethos of perception and relationship. Autobahn had its world premiere as a staged reading in, New York City, in the spring of 2004 whichincluded Phillip Seymour-Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Bacon and Amanda Peet.
AUTOBAHN runs October 27th through November 20th, 2011. Performances are at The Renegade Theatre, 1514 North Gardner St. (corner of Gardner/Sunset), Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 6 PM. and 9PM. No shows, Sunday, October 30th and, Sunday, November 13. Tickets are $20. Running time is 90 minutes with intermission. Allow time for street parking.
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About the Creative Team
Neil Labute (PLAYWRIGHT)
Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugly side of human nature.
LaBute was originally a playwright. He attended Brigham Young University and took theater as his major. Many say that Pulitzer-Prize winner David Mamet was a strong influence on him. He chose to attack subjects that many don't really want to talk about and showed the way that people really talk amongst themselves. His piece entitled "Filthy Talk for Troubled Times" featured two guys just sitting around and making small talk and ridiculing homosexuals and their ways, in a manner not unlike the conversations in his In the Company of Men (1997). The play was not, unsurprisingly, a hit with the critics.
LaBute made his first major mark with the low-budget (and frighteningly realistic) cautionary fable In the Company of Men (1997), the film won the Sundance Filmmaker's trophy, awards for LaBute's screenplay and Aaron Eckhart's performance as a heartless creep with ambition and cockiness to spare.
His next movie was, Your Friends & Neighbors (1998), and soon after Nurse Betty (2000) from a script he didn't write himself. The film received the Cannes Film Festival's Best Screenplay trophy for its authors and a Golden Palm for LaBute's effort, but he didn't spend ALL his time basking - he had put out several other things that year, such as a TV movie based on his "Bash" plays and another original work entitled Tumble (2000), none of which got wide recognition. In 2002 LaBute got himself noticed again with another less-caustic movie - a costume period piece called Possession (2002), based on the best-selling novel, which many believed to be about his love for early English culture. It starred LaBute stalwart Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow, who specialize in having the most authentic sounding British accent around. It wasn't a huge box-office success, but it did have many fervent admirers.
In 2003 LaBute brought to the screen another adaptation of his own work, a play he wrote and directed and had performed in England. He brought his original actors (Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller) back to appear in this one. It was entitled The Shape of Things (2003), about how a seductive art student, named Evelyn, takes Paul, a nerdy, insecure, out-of-shape guy, and begins molding him to look more and more desirable, much to the confusion of his friends. He enjoys being desirable, but is unaware of where all this remodeling will lead as Evelyn gets more and more possessive and controlling. With pieces like "In the Company of Men" and Your Friends And Neighbors (1998), LaBute has proven that he has his hand on the pulse of everyday people (not heroes or villains), just people who sound and behave often horribly for no reason, and you cringe all the more because you know and identify with them. With "Nurse Betty" and "Possession", however, LaBute has shown that he has more than just one really incredibly note. He's no one-hit wonder. Here is a man whose entire body of work should be watched and studied by all.
Chick Vennera (THE RENEGADE THEATRE AND FILM GROUP FOUNDING DIRECTOR)
After attending the Pasadena Playhouse and fulfilling his military commitment, Chick spent the next few years touring the United States, Canada, and Mexico working as a musician, singer, and dancer. 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.
Allen Williams (DIRECTOR) is an accomplished actor and director. Formerly a teacher at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with director Milton Katselas; and the Artistic Director of Camelot Artists. In addition, as a director, his work can be seen in the Emmy award-winning show Lou Grant. He is an accomplished actor with many credits to his name including 7th Heaven, Cagney & Lacey, Days of our Lives and Judging Amy.
About the Cast
(each role has been double-cast and is in no particular order)
Kelly Murtagh (Young Woman) comes from the land of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where as a teenager she sang in the distinguished Louisiana State Choir. Shortly after receiving her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Business Administration from Elon University in North Carolina, Kelly moved to Los Angeles to pursue her life-long passion: the performing arts. An avid “Angry Birds” player, Kelly also enjoys curling up with a good book, hiking, and watching “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel. Kelly is honored to be a part of her first Renegade Theatre production, and she would like to thank Chick Vennera, Allen Williams, her family, and Bobby Krisst.
Melanie Aitkenhead (Young Woman) was born and raised in Guatemala City, she moved to L.A to study Film Production at USC, she has worked on more than 15 international commercials all over Central America. Last year she directed her first play Ollie and the Minotaur at the Renegade Players. She has worked on numerous feature films as well as short films. Some of her film credits include El Rosario, The Comic Book, and Decembers. Melanie currently studies with Chick Vennera at The Renegade Theatre and Film Group. She would like to thank her parents for all their ongoing support and for always believing in her. She thanks all her fellow Renegades for all their support and last but not least, a big thank you to Chick Vennera for this wonderful opportunity and for his inspiration and knowledge.
Patrick Tiller (Man) Lucky #3! As a Renegade Theatre and Film Group founding member he has starred in two previous productions with the Renegade Players, (But Not For Love, and, most recently, Hidden In This Picture), Patrick is elated to be performing for a third time in this production of Autobahn. He starred in his first film Too Fast Too Young at 19 and in various LA stage productions: The Wild Party (Burrs), West Side Story (Tony), and Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy) to name a few. Patrick, would like to thank Chick Vennera, for this incredible opportunity, his teaching, and unwavering support; also to director Allen Williams, "It's been a pleasure working with you again! Thank you for everything!" This performance is dedicated with love and gratitude to his greatest fans and supporters- his family.
Allen Rueckert (Man) Born in the flatlands of Minnesota, Allen Rueckert has lived in Los Angeles for 5 years and in that time has starred in several films and pilots including “Nosferajew,” a vampire mocumentary, and a revamp of “The Greatest American Hero” opposite Don Stark (That 70s Show). He performed in the Razzie Awards this year and you can also see him in shows with his Improv Troupe (Happy Accidents) and as a stand-up comic. He has performed in several clubs including The Comedy Store. He currently studies with Chick Vennera at the Renegade Theatre and Film Group.
Troy Daniel Smith (Man) gives many thanks to Chick and Allen for this opportunity to perform! As always, thanks to my parents for their unwavering love and support. Thanks to Jay Schachter, Sarah Farkas, Peter Novick, and the entire Mavrick Artists team. And a very special thanks to Howard Meltzer for making every day fun and awesome! Indie film enthusiasts, be on the lookout in 2012 for LONELY BOY, the feature film debut of Exit 43 Productions. For more info check out www.exit43productions.com or @troydanielsmith
Matt Gsell (Man) anticipates an amazing run of his first Renegade Players’ production and his on stage debut in Los Angeles. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Matt moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting after a decorated six-year military career. Matt would like to thank his teacher Chick Vennera and Renegade Theatre and Film Group for all their support; along with Allen Williams for his wonderful direction and the entire cast and crew of Autobahn.
Brianna Wibeto (Girl) was born in San Jose, California. That's right, folks! She's a rare California native. She has always been interested in the arts and spent her youth studying different forms of dance as well as photography and acting. To fulfill her multiple interests in the arts she became a double major in photography and performing arts at Savannah College of Art and Design. However, she soon realized that Los Angeles was the place she needed to be and quickly moved back to the West Coast. She is an original member of the Renegade Theatre and Film Group and has studied with Chick Vennera for the past four years and is ecstatic to be in her first Renegade Players’ production!
Robert Krisst (Guy) hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. from Temple University. He is honored to be starring in his second Renegade Players’ production after the successful run of Aaron Sorkin's, Hidden In This Picture. Fond of "The Legend of Zelda", Robert has aspirations to play adult Link in a live-action feature film of the heralded video game series. He's left-handed, has a pointy profile and looks amazing in a green tunic. He would like to thank Chick Vennera, Allen Williams, Corinne Bentley, Kelly Murtagh and all involved with the show in front and behind the scenes. Bobby is a proud Citizen of the Cherokee Nation and dedicates his performance to his late grandmother.
Theodora Greece (Girl) grew up in London. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MA in European Classical Acting from Drama Centre London. Since being in LA Theodora has worked on a number of projects including a role in her first horror film. Theodora has had the pleasure of studying with Chick Vennera for 3 years and is an original and proud member of The Renegade Theatre and Film Group. Theodora is extremely excited to be a part of this production.
Henderson Wade (Guy) is a Washington, DC native making his Renegade Players’ debut in “Bench Seat” from Neil LaBute’s Autobahn. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Henderson has studied with Chick for nearly five years and is currently the Managing Director of The Renegade Theatre and Film Group. His credits to date include Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, House, MD, Big Love, CSI: Miami, and Days of Our Lives among others.
Karina Gomez-Trejo (Woman) was born in Mexico City and is bilingual in both
English and Spanish. She established her love for acting through numerous productions at the Museo de Cozumel, a local theater company in Cozumel, Mexico. After relocating to Los Angeles, she immediately began studying under the direction of, Chick Vennera, and a founding member of the Renegade Theater and Film Group. Recently, she has been a lead in several films including: All in a Box, Being a Wife, and Papa Zeus. She looks forward to a bright future in feature films and television. Karina would like to take a moment to thank her teacher and mentor Chick Vennera, for his dedication in making her a well-trained professional actress.
Richard Warren Baker (Man) arrived in the heartland of California after escaping from rabid monkeys and a volcano with a conviction to pursue theater and quirky ability to impersonate Mickey Mouse. After touring as a company dancer he continued his education at Cal State University of San Bernardino where he was awarded the Bilson/Demeo Scholarship for outstanding accomplishment in Directing/Acting. Most recently in LA, he was a featured dancer in the Gil Scot Heron Tribute, a choreographer for a peace festival, Rock the Era, and director of But Not For Love with the Renegade Players. His love and appreciation goes out to his teacher and mentor Chick Vennera, parents John and Pacita Baker, siblings, friends, and Allen Williams.
Natasha St Clair-Johnson (Woman) was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She attended prestigious drama schools the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Australian Academy of Dramatic Art performing in numerous plays including: Big River, All Souls, La Ronde, Vietnam L.O.I, The Wedding. Her credits with distinguished theatre companies across Australia include: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Burlesque Idol, Rev It Up and opera's Rigoletto and Andrea Chenier in which she showcased her skills as a dancer. She starred in Australian feature film Birthday that gleamed rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (2010) as well as the Anchorage Film Festival the previous year. Now in Los Angeles, she studies at the Renegade Theatre and Film Group with industry veteran Chick Vennera. Her role in Autobahn will be her second production with the Renegade Players to follow her prior role as the Dutchess in But Not for Love.
Chadbourne Hamblin (Man) is a proud founding member of the Renegade Players. Favorite LA theatre credits include Craig in the Renegade production of Aaron Sorkin's Hidden in this Picture, Roland in the West Coast Premiere of But Not For Love and Jason in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. He just finished shooting the short-film Ray and Charlie and played the title role in the award winning short-film, Danny. Other favorite roles include Loutzenhieser in the stage production of Cannibal! The Musical, and Ezekiel the Hillybilly-Cannibal in the short-film, Danny Caldwell Goes to Hell. Chadbourne has spent the last four years studying with Renegade Founding Director Chick Vennera. His music is on the web at www.chadbournemusic.com.
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