Mary Cochran is no stranger to the stage. She knows full well the joys and challenges, having appeared in many shows at Theatre B, including The Year of Magical Thinking, Rabbit Hole, Wintertime, and Frozen, to name a few. But when Mary auditioned for Scrooge Macbeth; or, A Shakespearean Christmas, she did not know quite what to expect. She knew the script was going to change through the process, but she didn’t anticipate a different challenge: “When (Scrooge director) David Wintersteen called and asked if I’d play the part of the Stage Manager, as well as understudy Sylvia and perform that part the weekend of December 5th, I was like ‘oooooookay, how is this going to work?’ It was a bit terrifying. But I knew that David wouldn’t have asked if he didn’t think I was capable. It was flattering to think that he had complete faith in my talent and abilities. So I prepared as best I could. But I couldn’t prepare for this past Saturday.”
This past Saturday Mary had to take the stage a week early when fellow cast member Anna Pieri came down the flu. “It was surreal, life imitating art that way, because in the show, over half of the cast for A Winter’s Tale gets sick and it’s not ‘The show must go on’, it’s ‘A show must go on. Any show.’ Continue reading →
Four years ago, when Anna Pieri took on the task of stage managing Theatre B’s production of The Laramie Project – Ten Years Later, which included a brand new script that was being rewritten during rehearsals, a performance at The Historic Fargo Theatre and a live stream simulcast with the writers and New York creative team, she didn’t quite know what she was getting into. “No, I did not realize how big a project it was. There were some big challenges, especially with a script that changed almost daily. But, when it all came together, it was incredibly powerful to be part of such a project that stretched across the country and included Fargo.”
So when the chance arose to work with Theatre B on the World Premiere production of Scrooge Macbeth; or, A Shakespearean Christmas, where the script was likely to change almost daily, she thought she had a good idea of what to expect. “I thought I was prepared, but, actually, it’s been kind of terrifying. I’m working with people who are almost intimidating with how easily they work with each other. I’ve really had to get over my own insecurities and try to keep up with the rest of the company. The entire process has challenged me to trust my instincts as an actor.” Continue reading →
Ladies and gentlemen… Theatre B presents the first show of Season Eleven.
Our first show of the season opens tomorrow, and we are so excited about this one. “RED” follows famed painter Mark Rothko in the months leading up to the biggest decision of his life, surrounding his most publicized commissioned.
Rothko is played by NDSU theatre professor Hardy Koenig. His assistant Ken is played by Theatre B ensemble member Blaine Edwards. Continue reading →
Theatre B was started by wife/husband teams, so we were excited to welcome Lori and Hardy Koenig to our production of John Logan’s Red. They have each worked on past Theatre B projects, but this is their first together at B. Lori, who is directing, previously directed Fat Pig and appeared in The Underpants. Hardy, performing the role of Mark Rothko, was seen in The Seafarer, Standing on Ceremony and in Bright Bird. We sat down and asked them a few questions about working on this project together. Continue reading →
Interesting time at the Rourke Museum in Moorhead. I was delving into the world of an artist in preparation for “Red” at Theatre B in September. Al showed us how to stretch a canvas and how to apply a base or undercoat.
We had some great discussions about the mind of a painter, how serious this guy Mark Rothko must have been and how important his work was to him. We were outdoors, slinging paint. Too much natural sunlight (Oy) but is was a wonderful experience and I learned a lot that I hope to take to the stage.
-Hardy Koenig, in preparation for his role as Rothko in “RED”
I became a fan of graphic designers when I was introduced to the art of gig posters about a decade ago by friends that were older and cooler than me.
You’d see them plastered up like Enlightenment pamphlets if you looked any direction in downtown. The good ones made you feel like you had heard the band before you had the chance… which was handy, since half those groups had names barring them from advertising on television (luckily, none of this has changed). Spray-paint. Skulls. Xeroxed comic book pages. Pictures from magazines. Photoshop. Ephemera was the only kind of punk rock I’d listen to. I never went to the shows. To me, the posters were more important.
Theatre B strives to collaborate with artists in our region, and starting this year, we are extending that into the realm of graphic design. Theatre B is incredibly lucky to have four local graphic designers create our Season 11 posters, which you’ll soon see in the coffee shops next to the bands, missing bikes and prayer groups. Continue reading →
Theatre B ensemble members David Wintersteen and Brad Delzer are training with the Siti organization in New York for the month of June. Here, David reflects after his first day. This is cross-posted on Concordia College Theatre’s blog
The summary after one day of class: two compliments from Anne Bogart, neither about my acting (I “spoke clearly” introducing myself and I could parse the Greek in the word “ideograph”); an amazingly talented group; good food.
The materials repeatedly warned us about the physically rigorous nature of the training, so I have been exercising. We were given materials to memorize for classes, so I have been memorizing (“Behold and mark the children of man/what yet they do to your beloved earth …”). Brad and I drove 24 hours to get here without killing each other. I arrived feeling pretty well prepared. Continue reading →
The level of talent that comes out to audition for our shows never ceases to amaze me. Each auditionee brought something unique to their role and the casting could have gone in a number of directions. It’s a great problem to have.
But alas, the play only calls for two actors, so it must be narrowed down. After deliberation, the show has been cast as follows: Continue reading →
Theatre B is holding open auditions for “Red” by John Logan.
Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 28, and Tuesday, May 29, at Theatre B. Auditioners can come one night, or both. No monologue required.
There are roles for 2 males: Mark Rothko, in his 40s-60s and his assistant, Ken, in his 20s. Cross-gender casting could be considered for Ken.
‘Red’ is directed by Lori Koenig. Perusal scripts can be checked out from the Theatre B office.
The show runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 12, Thursdays-Fridays-Saturdays with one Sunday matinee on October 6.
‘Red’ is a moving and compelling account of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Mark Rothko, whose struggle to accept his growing riches and praise became his ultimate undoing. Set in Rothko’s studio in 1958, ‘Red’ delves into the nature and value of art and imagines the mental anguish and provocative conversations that led him to give up his most publicized commission.
Theatre B is also looking to fill a few design positions for this show. For more information about the auditions or design positions, contact Theatre B program coordinator Brad Delzer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Theatre B office at (701) 729-8880.
Theatre B is very excited to participate in the Downtown Community Partnership’s Corks and Canvas event tonight for the very first time.
Corks and Canvas is, at its core, an art crawl. Participants walk from location to location in downtown Fargo to admire art from local artists. And, bonus!, each location serves wine.
Wristbands for the event are $15, and can be purchased at any of the Corks & Canvas locations… including Theatre B! We are so happy to be included this summer, and this month we will be showcasing the art of Jack Golden, our set designer for God of Carnage, and Karen Bakke, whose art is hanging in our lobby.
Corks & Canvas goes from 5-9 p.m. tonight, but make sure to stop by Theatre B early because we will have to close our doors at 7:30 because we have a show. Better yet — make your rounds and come back to the theatre by 7:25 and SEE our show tonight! Tickets are still available — you can order online or inquire at the box office when you stop in earlier that evening.
Corks & Canvas will happen on the second Thursday of every month during the summer (through September!), and each event will showcase a different aspect of the theatrical process. Mark your calendars for June 13, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12.