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Theatre B and Plains Art Museum have collaborated to create a new theatre experience to close The Plains ‘Bakken Boom!’ exhibit. Devised by Theatre B Ensemble Members and Guest Artists, ‘The Oil Project’ chronicles the people and the pumpjacks of the Bakken oil play.

Theatre B’s first devised play, ‘The Oil Project’ is conceived and created by a company of artists who have spent the summer researching, generating, and developing the hour-long performance.

Part character exploration, part art installation, tied together by sights and sounds that recall the oil rush in Western North Dakota, ‘The Oil Project’ follows several characters across the early years of the boom, through the transformation of the countryside and towns, and up to now, where the possibility of an oil bust looms.

The play was co-commissioned by The Plains to coincide with the end of their ‘Bakken Boom! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush’ exhibit.

This production runs Thursday and Friday, August 13th and 14th at noon and 7:00pm at the Plains Art Museum. Admission is free and open to the public, but limited to the first seventy-five audience members.

Devising Ensemble:

Cole Bartles
Matthew Collie
Brad Delzer*
Matthew Dryburgh
Colin Holter
Mia Miller
Jay Nelson
Chelsea Pace
Pam Strait*

Stage Manager: Blaine Edwards*
Production Manager: Shea Hittman*

* denotes Theatre B Ensemble Member