Thesp/musician Steven Van Zandt has teamed with wife Maureen and legit producers Nina Keneally and Jamie Lightstone to form Renegade Theater, dedicated to producing limited Broadway runs of classic American plays.
Troupe hopes to lure TV and film stars to its shows with engagements of eight to 12 weeks, plus a communal artistic agenda that will solicit thesps on dream projects and collaborators.
Maureen Van Zandt, who founded the With Out Papers theater company in 2001, will be artistic director of Renegade. On her list of classics are the plays of Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. Later, she hopes to expand into more contemporary work.
She estimated each production would be capitalized at around $1.5 million.
“Our ultimate goal is to film them, so these plays can be preserved and possibly broadcast,” she said. “We’ll do a short run on Broadway, and the cast will commit to filming it.”
She said her producing partners had just begun talking with Broadway theater owners.
Steven Van Zandt, a member of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, appears on “The Sopranos.” Keneally and Lightstone’s last Broadway outing was the ill-fated “Good Vibrations.”