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Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 at 7:50 p.m.
LANSING - The Renegade Theatre Festival returns to Old Town Lansing Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18, with two-dozen productions presented by independent artists and area theater companies for three nights and one afternoon of free theater.
Renegade is an opportunity to explore theater: for audiences to see a wide variety of shows in traditional and non-traditional spaces; and for theaters and theater artists to experiment, test out new works, and produce things that might not be ready or appropriate for their regular season.
While many groups use Renegade to present new material, a special effort was started two years ago called Renegade NOW (New Original Works) to solicit new scripts. This year, six new plays by Michigan playwrights will be given readings in repertory at the Red Cedar Friends Meeting House.
Performances are at 7 and 9 p.m., with music at 6 and 8 p.m. each evening at the Turner Mini-Park. On Saturday afternoon, Renegade Kids will feature family-friendly shows at 2 & 3:30 p.m. in the Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall.
Participants include independent artists and professional, educational and community theater companies, including Michigan State University Theatre, Mid-Michigan Family Theatre, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, The Puppet Theatre, Riverwalk Theatre, Ruhala Performing Arts Center, Saginaw Actors, Touch Your Soul Productions and Williamston Theatre. Independent artists include Devon Brooks, Katie Doyle, Keesa Muhammed, Leo Poroshin, Brad Rutledge and Karrie Waarala.
Performance venues are the Old Town businesses that generously open their doors to the performers at no cost – so the performances are free to the public. Locations include the Absolute Gallery, Chrome Cat, Epicenter Church, MICA Gallery, The Mustang, Red Cedar Friends Meeting Hall, Perspectives2, Tallulah's Folly, and The Temple Club.
The Festival is supported with generous assistance from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing City Pulse, Lansing Community College, Message Makers, and the Old Town Commercial Association.
Specific show times and locations can be found at www.renegadetheatrefestival.org.