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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Artist: Melissa Flower


We are pleased to announce we are welcoming another professional artist into our intentional family!

Melissa Flower, a professional freelance director and dramaturg from Houston, Texas, will serve as the Director of Production for this summer’s BEAT and Governor’s School collaboration.

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B.E.A.T. and Governor’s School Application Due In TWO Days!

 

For the first time, Theatre B’s B.E.A.T. Program is collaborating with NDSU’s Department of Theatre Arts to offer the Performing Arts Program of North Dakota Governor’s Schools.

Students will work in an ensemble-based environment to create and perform a highly creative theatrical production that will tour to multiple locations across North Dakota. Students will also train in rigorous performance techniques, including Viewpoints and Suzuki.

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‘Clybourne Park’ Has Been Cast!

Our production of Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris has been cast!

Cast:

Scott Horvik*: Russ / Dan
Pam Strait*: Bev / Kathy
Belinda Ampofo: Francine / Lena
Ibukun Awosika: Albert / Kevin
Blaine Edwards*: Jim / Tom
Anna Pieri: Betsy / Lindsey
Jeremy Ellsworth: Karl / Steve
Drew Swenson: Kenneth

A HUGE Thank You!

 

Giving Hearts Day was a success. We reached over $15,000!

To everyone who donated – your donations contribute to fostering future original and collaborative work with intimacy and excellence.

To everyone who volunteered their time – your commitment allowed us to pull off such a successful event, and you represented us proudly.

To the F-M community – you have provided us with a home to create, grow and thrive. We couldn’t feel more welcome.

Thank you for celebrating Giving Hearts Day with us.