Renegade Theatre Experiment Presents BUG by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning playwright, Tracy Letts

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Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. At first, she lets Peter sleep platonically on her floor, but not long after she promotes him to the bed. Matters become more complicated as Jerry eagerly returns to the woman he loves to beat her up, expecting to resume their relationship. On top of that, there's a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores-which has Peter believing this is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

At this buggy motel, people check in, but they may not check out. From the brilliant mind of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, Tracy Letts, comes this gritty, darkly comic, psychological thriller. Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE) kicks off their 8th season with the BUG by Tracy Letts, directed by Susannah Greenwood.

Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her lesbian friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her physically abusive ex-husband, Jerry, who was just released from prison. At first, she lets Peter sleep platonically on her floor, but not long after she promotes him to the bed. Matters become more complicated as Jerry eagerly returns to the woman he loves to beat her up, expecting to resume their relationship. On top of that, there's a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores-which has Peter believing this is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives.

Tracy Letts first gained notoriety for his trailer-trash dark comedy Killer Joe, which was an Off-Broadway hit and has been performed in at least 15 countries in 12 languages. In 2008, Letts won both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play, August: Osage County, which is currently playing in San Francisco. BUG made its World Premiere in 1996 at the Gate Theatre in London, which was followed by the American premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago and a wildly successful run Off-Broadway, where it ran 11 months for a total of 384 performances. In addition to BUG, Tracy Letts is also the author of the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize finalist Man from Nebraska. Mr. Letts is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Letts wrote BUG not long after the Oklahoma City bombing and wanted to explore the specter of conspiracy. "People aren't comfortable with random occurrences. There's a desire to make a connection-the idea that everything happens for a reason," said Letts. "I'm interested in exploring the theme of people who have slipped out of the matrix. They're alienated and lonely."

RTE Artistic Director, Sean C. Murphy, notes that BUG kicks off a season of exploring the issue of invasion of privacy or the perception of privacy being invaded. "We are examining the ramifications and consequences of what happens when our lives are invaded by other people, organizations or expectations," Murphy explains, "We are forced to ask the provocative questions, how are our lives impacted through various forms of invasion? Is the perceived victim always innocent in the invasion and does he/she have a responsibility in allowing it to happen? Ultimately, it is up to the RTE audience to determine what is real and what is not."

BUG runs September 11th through September 26th at the Historic Hoover Theater in San Jose. Performances begin at 8:00pm, except Sunday matinees which are at 2pm. This show is recommended for mature audiences 18 and up. Tickets are $18.00 General Admission (Thursdays and Sundays) and $20.00 General Admission (Fridays and Saturdays). Students and teachers, seniors, and Theatre Bay Area members qualify for discount tickets ($13.00 Thu/Sun & $15.00 Fri/Sat) with valid ID. Tickets and season subscriptions are on sale at http://www.renegadetheatre.com.

The Renegade Theatre Experiment (RTE), founded in 2001, is the South Bay's voice for alternative theatre.

WHO: Renegade Theatre Experiment - San José-based theatre company with Bay Area cast. Cast: Jennifer Jane Parsons, John Vicino, Darcie Lee Grover, Ambera DeLash, and Sean C. Murphy. Directed by Susannah Greenwood.

WHAT: Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright Tracy Letts's tale of love, paranoia, and government conspiracy is a thought provoking psycho-thriller that mixes terror and laughter at a fever pitch.

WHEN: September 11th-26th. Thursday thru Saturday performances will begin at 8:00 PM. Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2pm.

WHERE: The Historic Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Avenue, San José, CA 95126.

Ticket Prices:
Thurs & Sun: $18.00 General Admission
$13.00 Discount Admission for Students, Educators, Seniors 55+ years old, Active & Veteran Military personnel, Law Enforcement personnel, Fire & Rescue personnel, and Members of Theatre Bay Area.
Fri & Sat: $20.00 General Admission
$15.00 Discount Admission
Tickets available online (http://www.renegadetheatre.com) and at the door.

PUBLICITY PHOTOS: http://www.renegadetheatre.com/press

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Cameron Fabrick
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