Teatro Zuccone to host Minnesota premiere of CORONADO

Renegade Theater Company has announced announced the Minnesota premiere of CORONADO, by best-selling author Dennis Lehane.

The production runs February 7-9, 14-16 & 21-23, 2013 at the Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street in downtown Duluth. All performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. Call 218-336-1414 for tickets or purchase them online at www.teatrozuccone.com.

At a rundown bar in the middle of small town America, meet three groups of strangers. Gina and Will fall deeper in love while plotting Gina’s escape from her damaged marriage. One booth over, a Doctor and Patient blur the lines of professional and personal with dangerous results. At the last booth, a father and his estranged son reconnect over mayhem and murder. And as the story picks up speed and desperate people make choices that will shatter lives forever, you realize these three groups of strangers have more in common than you could have imagined in your wildest dreams.

From Lehane, best-selling and award-winning author of Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone, comes CORONADO, a white-knuckle film-noir ride filled with shady characters, sex and murder. In this, Lehane’s only play, he gives a gentle nod to the rules and conventions of theater before setting fire to them all. As the story twists and turns, Lehane leads you down a brilliantly constructed rabbit hole full of bloody dark corners to a final revelation you’ll never see coming.

So far, the show has been produced a grand total of 13 times worldwide, including only 9 productions in the United States. Renegade was given a copy of the script by the production’s director, Lee Gundersheimer, a theater professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, who had been part of a reading of the piece in New York City. Renegade fell in love with the script and contacted Lehane through his agent, and were granted the exclusive rights to the Minnesota premiere of the script.

“This is a fascinating and enthralling script and exactly the type of thing we are always on the lookout for as a company,” says Artistic Director Katy Helbacka. “It’s written by a writer with serious skill and talent. It’s bold, daring and takes a lot of joy in bending and breaking the standard ‘rules’ of theater. And it’s a Minnesota premiere, the type of show people in places outside New York or Chicago rarely, if ever, get to see.”

“And we’ve assembled a dynamite team to help bring the show to life,” she adds. “In addition to Lee, we’ve got a who’s who of some of the finest actors and designers in town who are experimenting with brand-new ways to tell a story in the Teatro Zuccone. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that, when you come to see CORONADO, you’ll be able to see things from a whole new perspective. Several, actually. Our designers are making sure of that.”

Renegade Theater Company is a nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organization. This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation.

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