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Theatre B productions have been remarkable in the sustained high quality of their work: the choice of plays, the abilities of the actors, the stage craft. The group makes a wonderful contribution to the Fargo-Moorhead area, and I look forward to its future.

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Run Extended due to popular demand!
Now through May 16th!
ASL Interpreted Performance May 9

You won't want to miss the outrageous comedy and 2013 Tony Award winner Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang.

just-the-siblingsDurang turns Chekhov on his head in this witty and incisive new farce for our modern hyperconnected world. In their family’s bucolic farmhouse, Vanya (Hardy Koenig) and Sonia (Pam Strait) have frittered their lives away in full of regret, angst and the alarmingly ambiguous prophecies of their addled housecleaner Cassandra (Missy Teeters). Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha (Carrie Wintersteen), with her prized boy toy Spike (Crystal Cossette), and the stage is set for an absurd weekend of general hilarity and global warming. “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.

Company

Directed by:  Darcy Bakkegard

Vanya:  Hardy Koenig
Sonia:  Pam Strait*
Masha:  Carrie Wintersteen*
Spike:  Taylor Schatz
Nina:  Crystal Cossette
Cassandra:  Missy Teeters*

* denotes Theatre B Ensemble Member

Season 13

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Announcing our 2015-2016 Season

The Ensemble of Theatre B is proud to announce programming for our 13th Season, which includes our first commissions, our first devised pieces, two world premieres, community collaborations, and the second year of the WinterArts Festival.

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An Incubator World Premiere
A Community Collaboration with the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.

We begin the season with an imaginative story of true events, looking back in time to WWII when German POW’s lived, worked – and produced a play – in Northern Minnesota. Playwright Vincent Delaney joins B for workshops, rehearsals, and conversations before our World Premiere.

Ensemble Member Carrie Wintersteen on why we picked it:

The Art of Bad Men excites me because the play is a fresh and intriguing piece of historical fiction. I have always been fascinated with historical fiction – from Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) to Peter Shaffer (Equus). I love that a writer’s curiosity about a single moment in history can serve as the seed for a compelling and imaginative account of past events. Writers have license to fully develop the characters, motivations, and backstory behind a snapshot or a footnote in history. History always has lessons for us, and plays and novels offer a more lasting impression than rote memorization of names and dates. I am curious about the past, and find myself drawn into it by great storytelling. The Art of Bad Men invites me to step back in time, into the experience of my parents and grandparents. That is a gift I am excited to share.


 

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A Community Collaboration with the Gathering

A Christmas comedy with a twist from one of America’s most exciting new voices. When Ed and his three adult sons come together for Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even a normal, happy family can’t solve: what is the value of being straight white men?

Ensemble Member Pam Strait sums up why it’s in our season:

It’s the kind of storytelling we love to do – hilarious characters tell a great story that also shakes up our assumptions. Young Jean Lee’s new play forces us to question how one lives an ethical life when born into the privileges of being Straight White Men. The conflict between the desire to live a socially conscious life and the reality of self-actualization combines with Lee’s dark humor and creates the kind of work that sits so easily in Theatre B’s wheelhouse. Nurturing conversation around issues is part of B’s essential mission and it will be our privilege to share those conversations with the community. I can’t wait for Christmas!


 

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A Community Collaboration with ShakespeareFest

A terrorist plot to blow up Parliament! William Shakespeare is commissioned to write the “true historie” of the gunpowder plot. And it must have witches! The King wants witches! But as The King’s Men investigate the plot, they discover that all is not as it seems. A company of six brings to life over 40 characters, including the Bard of Avon himself, in this high-stakes political thriller (with witches!).

Ensemble Member David Wintersteen on what he loves about Equivocation:

I love that this play puts Shakespeare into a historical context, and it puts Macbeth into a political and social context. By doing that, it takes away the idea of Shakespeare being this monolithic figure and recasts him as a human being. While he’s an extraordinary creator, he’s still a person who lived, worked, thought. This is a great artistic project that brings history to life. Also there are some 40 costume changes, so what’s not to love?


 

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An Incubator Commission and World Premiere
A Community Collaboration with the Pride Collective

Our first commissioned play comes from local playwright Raymond Rea. Can we really change? Who is allowed to call themselves American? What is identity? The Sweet New looks at change in three generations of an Italian-American family – across borders, cultures, and genders.

Ensemble Member Brad Delzer:

It’s been a privilege to work directly with Raymond on this play, which will be our first commissioned piece. It is breathtakingly theatrical, moving fluidly across time to weave together the story of three generations of a family searching for the sweet new. It’s intensely personal, coming from the playwright’s own history and story. And it’s simultaneously about our past and our present. I can’t wait to see how the play develops and for Theatre B to be an integral part of that journey.

Visit our AreaVoices Blog for more information on training, collaborations, and new play development.

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Cast Lists for 33 Variations and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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We are grateful for the extraordinary turnout for the Unified Auditions. Thank you to everyone for their time and talent.

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman

Dr. Katherine Brandt:  Linda Boyd
Clara Brandt:  Missy Teeters*
Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger:  Pam Strait*
Mike Clark:  Ibukun Awosika
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Jay Nelson
Anton Schindler:  Matthew Collie
Anton Diabelli:  Tanner Hofius

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Vanya:  Hardy Koenig
Sonia:  Pam Strait*
Masha:  Carrie Wintersteen*
Spike:  Taylor Schatz
Nina:  Crystal Cossette
Cassandra:  Monika Browne

* denotes Theatre B Ensemble Member

Cast Lists for Wit and Storefront Church

 

We are grateful for the extraordinary turnout for the Unified Auditions. Thank you to everyone for their time and talent.

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman

Dr. Katherine Brandt:  Linda Boyd
Clara Brandt:  Missy Teeters*
Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger:  Pam Strait*
Mike Clark:  Ibukun Awosika
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Jay Nelson
Anton Schindler:  Matthew Collie
Anton Diabelli:  TBA

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang

Vanya:  Hardy Koenig
Sonia:  Pam Strait*
Masha:  Carrie Wintersteen*
Spike:  Taylor Schatz
Nina:  Crystal Cossette
Cassandra:  Monika Browne

* denotes Theatre B Ensemble Member

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"It's kind of like a mirror of what we have in our own lives but might be afraid to talk about. And then you see it there, on stage, in front of you. It really can change your life."

There have been a lot of entertaining, provocative, and powerful productions that Theatre B has produced or been a part of. We invited a few fans to talk about one that impacted them. You can view the video below or on YouTube.



 

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