The Ensemble of Theatre B is proud to announce its 12th Main Stage Season. The season features several vital collaborations with community partners to bring these powerful stories to diverse audiences.
Theatre B opens its 2013-2014 season in September with the Pulitzer Prize winning “Wit” by Margaret Edson, in collaboration with the Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program inexorably progress, Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity, humor, and wit that are transformative.
There will be public performances of “Wit” at Theatre B, as well as special performances and workshops held through the Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program. ‘We are excited to be partnering with Embrace to bring this incredible play directly to doctors and medical students, and to connect our artists to cancer survivors to imbue this play with truth and life,’ says Theatre B Program Coordinator Brad Delzer.
Over the holiday season Theatre B will entertain and enlighten audiences with and Tony, Oscar, and Pulitzer winner John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church”. It’s almost Christmas, and Shanley transports us to a wintery Bronx, where bankers threaten foreclosure, a disillusioned preacher has lost his faith, and a modern-day Scrooge yearns for redemption. Theatre B will partner with the Gathering, an area faith organization dedicated to helping those who seek community, as well as other local faith organizations, for special performances and conversations about the connection between art, faith, justice, and morality.
February brings an incredible collaboration with the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony to present Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations”, featuring Concordia Music Department Chair John Roberts on piano. This imaginative play follows a modern day musicologist diagnosed with ALS as she races to finish her research on Beethoven. Across time, the ailing and deaf composer becomes obsessed with a simple waltz that spawns one of his greatest works, the Diabelli Variations. Plagued by illness, but gifted with passion, their parallel journeys entwine as they learn to embrace the gift of time and find peace in letting go.
Theatre B will partner with the Fargo/Moorhead Symphony as well as with Concordia College to feature Music Department Chair John Roberts on the piano, weaving Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations live throughout each performance.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Closing the year will be the outrageous comedy and 2013 Tony Award winner “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. Durang turns Chekhov on his head in this witty and incisive new farce for our modern hyperconnected world. In their family’s bucolic farmhouse, Vanya and Sonia have frittered their lives away in full of regret, angst and the alarmingly ambiguous prophecies of their addled housecleaner Cassandra. Enter their sister, self-absorbed movie star Masha, with her prized boy toy Spike, 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.
Call for Artists:
Theatre B is looking for dedicated, skilled artists to bring the productions of our twelfth season to life, including directors and designers. Interested artists should complete the application found on our Call for Artists page.