Thanks to The Forum’s John Lamb for a great article about Linda Boyd, appearing in 33 Variations.
A little ‘Variation’: FMSO director Boyd steps into spotlight with dramatic debut
In her day job as the executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Linda Boyd does the bulk of her work behind the scenes, occasionally taking the stage at concerts for announcements or to bring flowers out for the featured guest artist.
It’s Boyd who will be front and center Friday night when “33 Variations” opens at Theatre B. Playing Katherine Brandt, a driven musicologist studying Ludwig van Beethoven’s obsession with a waltz, Boyd steps into the spotlight for the first time in a dramatic role.
“This has been the most incredible experience,” Boyd says.
It’s an experience that goes back about four years, when Theatre B’s Carrie Wintersteen first showed her a script for the Moisés Kaufman play to see if there would be interest in the symphony and theater working together on a production.
They were each so excited about the prospect that a whole Winter Arts Festival was formed to give people something to get out and see and hear in February. Beethoven Fest, which kicked off Saturday with an all-Beethoven concert from the FMSO, continues this week with a family concert called “Meet Mr. Beethoven” on Thursday night and the regional premiere of “33 Variations” on Friday.
From the moment Boyd read the script, she told herself, “I have to play this part.”