‘Wit’ coming to Grand Forks

We’re not done collaborating yet! We are joining with Sanford Health’s Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program and The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences to present Wit in Grand Forks. The play will have two special performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Grand Forks on Thursday, Oct. 30 at The Reed Keller Auditorium in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 N. Columbia Road.

The 3 p.m. performance is mandatory for first-year, UND medical students and will be open to other health science students, residents and faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis. Following the performance, a panel discussion comprised of physicians and stage 4 female cancer patients will be held.

“Understanding what your patients are going through and being able to empathize with those emotions is so vital to providing the best care,” said Medical Director of Embrace Shelby Terstriep, M.D. “This play should help providers better understand the emotions and prepare them for engagement with their patients in the future.”

At 7 p.m., there will be a free performance for the public and the university community at large, also at the Reed Keller Auditorium.

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Interprofessional Education program presents these performances as part of a medical humanities series. These performances are supported in part through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation and special funding from the Dakota Medical Foundation.

‘The Sweet New’ – An Incubator Series Staged Reading Cast

Our latest project in our Incubator Series for new work is The Sweet New by local playwright and film artist Ray Rea. The Sweet New chronicles several generations of a family as they grapple with issues of identity.

We are excited to be reading this play for The Arts Partnership’s Community Supported Arts shareholders on October 25th. We plan to host a public reading in late winter or early spring as well.

Our cast:

Leo: a Northern Italian man David Wintersteen
Duci: a Southern Italian man Jay Nelson
Lorenzo: Leo’s son, an Italian-American Mike Sunram
Vivian: Lorenzo’s wife, a WASP woman Emily Vieweg
Kyle: Lorenzo’s son, a Female to Male Transsexual Jeff Miller
Jaime: Kyle’s girlfriend Hannah Amundson
Furie: the family adversary. Monika Browne
Directed by: D. Marie Long
Stage Manager: Stephanie Bahnij

‘Wit’ Opens Thursday

We are excited to open our 2014-2015 season with the Pulitzer Prize winning play Wit by Margaret Edson, in collaboration with the Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program. The show, which opens Thursday, Sept. 25, runs through Oct. 18. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There will be one Sunday Matinee on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and one ASL-interpreted performance on Oct. 4.

Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at 701-729-8880. New this season: during opening weekend only, tickets are buy one, get one free!

About Wit:

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Continue reading

Theatre B Awarded Grants

Theatre B is proud to announce that it has been awarded several grants to support the programming that engages our community with innovative theatre.

The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, has awarded Theatre B in Fargo one of its 2014 National Theatre Company grants. The grants recognize and support the most promising emerging theatre companies in the country. Theatre B is one of only 12 theaters in the nation to be awarded this grant.

We also received a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation and the Consensus Council to fuel our partnership with the Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program around Wit and the role of the humanities in creating more compassionate health care providers.

Theatre B and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony also received funding from the City of Fargo to help launch the February Performing Arts Festival, which will feature Beethoven in this Inaugural year.

We are proud of and humbled by the continuing support that we’ve received from so many individuals and organizations, allowing us to grow, thrive and continue bringing thought-provoking art to the Fargo-Moorhead community.

The Look and Feel of Season 12

Click on the title of the show to read a full description.

Thanks, Jeff Knight, for some striking images for our upcoming season.

Poster design for WitWit

September 25 – October 18 | Sunday Matinee October 5
ASL Interpreted Performance October 4

Our first show of the season, ‘Wit’ by Margaret Edson, will feature Ensemble Member Carrie Wintersteen in the lead.

We have been collaborating with the Embrace Cancer Survivorship program at the Roger Maris Cancer Center on this project. There will be private performances at the Cancer Center as well as at the UND Medical School to use ‘Wit’ as a teaching tool around empathy and a doctor’s relationship to their patient. Exciting!

Poster design for Storefront ChurchStorefront Church

November 28 – December 27 | Sunday Matinee December 14
ASL Interpreted Performance December 6

Our Christmas show this year is ‘Storefront Church’, by John Patrick Shanley, author of ‘Doubt’. A Christmastime comedy about what happens when faith, politics, and ambition collide.

That bible-cake looks incredible.

Theatre B will partner with the Gathering, an area faith organization dedicated to helping those who seek community, as well as other local faith organizations, for special performances and conversations about the connection between art, faith, justice, and morality.

Poster for 33 Variations33 Variations

February 5 – February 28 | Sunday Matinee February 15
ASL Interpreted Performance February 21

February brings us to ’33 Variations’, part of BeethovenFest, a community arts celebration. Linda Boyd from the FM Symphony will portray Dr. Katherine Brandt, a musicologist racing against the ravages of ALS to uncover the truth behind Beethoven’s obsession with the Diabelli Variations.

Theatre B will partner with the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony as well as with Concordia College to feature Music Department Chair John Roberts on the piano, weaving Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations live throughout each performance.

Poster for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeVanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike

April 16 – May 9 | Sunday Matinee April 26
ASL Interpreted Performance May 9

Closing the year will be the outrageous comedy and 2013 Tony Award winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” delights audiences with its abundant comic twists while paying loving homage to Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing.

Big Love

Big Love poster

Theatre B will work with young emerging artists from across North Dakota to stage Big Love, a (mostly) romantic comedy by Charles L. Mee as part of North Dakota Governor’s School in Performing Arts.

Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world’s oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. The fifty grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: grooms arrive by helicopter, brides throw themselves over and over again to the ground, grooms throw saw blades into the sides of buildings, and pop songs and romantic dances abound. And, in the end, there may be the opportunity for the one Big Love. Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘Clybourne Park’

We are extremely excited to bring this talented group together for the production of Clybourne Park.

Belinda Ampofo (Francine / Lena) was raised in New York. She is a senior at Minnesota State University Moorhead, majoring in theatre and business. She usually works in the costume shop and does hair for the shows. She is passionate about acting and is grateful that Theatre B has offered her to be in her first biggest show. She acted in the vagina monologues at MSUM. She would like to thank her parents for supporting her decision to do what she loves, theatre.

Ibukun (or IB) Awosika (Albert / Kevin) is a recent graduate from MSUM with a psychology major and writing minor. In his last semester at MSUM, he took an “Acting for Everyone” class with Patrick Carriere. It was a worthwhile experience for IB; this class not only introduced IB to acting, but perhaps also offered him insight on how to go about LIFE. Carriere ended up recommending him to Theatre B for an upcoming play IF he was staying in the area after graduating…which he did.

Brad Delzer (Director) is an Ensemble Member and the Program Coordinator of Theatre B. He holds a BFA in performance from North Dakota State University and has trained extensively with the SITI Company in New York. For Theatre B he has directed productions of God of Carnage, The Pillowman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Year of Magical Thinking, and many others, as well as coordinating and directing many community-focused collaborations. He designed the curriculum of Theatre B’s Emerging Artists Program. He is also an Art of Hosting practitioner and trainer and just concluded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, focusing on connecting the growing New American population to theatre and storytelling.

Blaine Edwards (Victor, Production Manager) graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre from NDSU and has been seen on the Theatre B stage in numerous productions including: Red, Becky’s New Car, Next Fall, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Stop Kiss. Blaine also directed Theatre B’s production of The 12 Dates of Christmas.

 

Jeremy Ellsworth (Karl / Steve) was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and found his way to Fargo-Moorhead in 2007. Since making his acting debut with his role in Lend Me a Tenor, he has acted in a number of shows around town. Recent sightings include: The Twilight of the Golds (Tin Roof); Young Frankenstein (MTFM); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Bare Stage); and Rumors, Gypsy, and The Orphan Train (FMCT).

Scott Horvik (Russ / Dan) is a founding member of Theatre B and has appeared in numerous Theatre B productions including: The Seafarer, Vino Veritas, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Rabbit Hole, Sylvia, The Santaland Diaries and The Guys. Scott appeared in the Penny & Pals video series as the kooky investigative reporter, Trace Hunter, as well as numerous commercials for Montana-Dakota Utilities, The North Dakota DOT, and the Redhawks. Scott earned his B.F.A. in Theatre from NDSU and now works in Marketing and Promotions at Rust Sales.

Anna Pieri (Betsy / Lindsey) is appearing in her second production with Theatre B. Previously, she appeared as Renee in Scrooge Macbeth. A recent graduate from NDSU, previous credits in Fargo include Handing Down the Names (Catherine the Great), Iphigenia at Aulis (Clytemnestra), and Pterodactyls (Grace Duncan). Anna has also performed on stages in Ohio;Tecumseh! (Mrs. Galloway) and Freakshow (Judith, the Dog-Faced Girl).

 

Lyndsey Schrader (stage manager)  is a junior studying Theatre Art at Concordia College. Lyndsey has previously stage managed the Concordia Theatre productions Urinetown and Vinegar Tom. Lyndsey is a member of the Orientation Committe at Concordia, works on campus and at KVLY.

 

 

Pam Strait (Bev / Kathy) has been a member of the ensemble since 2008. She holds a BA in Theatre from Henderson University, and attended New York’s National Shakespeare Conservatory.  She has been seen on the Theatre B stage in The Dead Guy, Kuwait, Zara Spook and Other Lures, Third and Good People and directed Vino Veritas, Gruesome Playground Injuries and both the staged reading and main stage productions of Next Fall.  Pam has also appeared in Harwood Prairie Playhouse and Ursa Major productions and several local films including “Older Women/Younger Men” and “Postmortem” and portrayed an unlikely action hero in Chronocide’s music video Neo Sapien.

Drew Swenson (Kenneth) is excited to be coming backfor his third production with Theater B. Past credits include Metamorphoses and 8. Other credits include Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at MHS and Matt in Bare with Act Up Theatre, a role he will be reprising this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Fringe Festival! He has been awarded both Honorable Mention in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance in a Lead from Spotlight Awards with the Hennepin Theatre Trust. After high school he plans on pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre or Acting.