Daniel Bielinski

Daniel Bielinski

BISMARCK, ND — By 2013 Dan Bielinski had already made many Off-Broadway appearances that would propel his acting, directing and movie-making career. As he recalls, none were more enjoyable than being an original cast member for his last New York theater production, “The Cottage.”

“When performing ‘The Cottage’ I thought this would be well suited for university actors, with a lot of fun and colorful characters,” said Bielinski, who is now the theater director at the University of Mary.” Providentially, when I got the call from Bismarck to come to Mary, ‘The Cottage’ is what I was performing on stage.”

Holding true to his belief that this romantic farce would be adaptable to the college scene, Bielinski is bringing “The Cottage” to the University of Mary campus November 3-5 in Arno Gustin Hall. The Thursday and Friday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. a matinee is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, followed by a 7:30 p.m. curtain call. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for outside students and seniors. Mary students get in free by showing their M-card and each faculty and staff member receives one free ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.umary.life/TheCottageTickets

This Off-Broadway performance that Bielinski co-starred in earned rave reviews from the New York critics and was nominated for several NYIT awards. Written by his colleague, Sandy Rustin, Bielinski expects her relatable characters, six in all, to find many laughable moments in the minds of students and the general public. With twists and turns between couples’ husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends who end up wearing their hearts on their sleeves, “The Cottage” is a tasteful yet hilarious attempt to show how these relationships can quickly go awry and get complicated with every passing moment.

“This is 100 percent adrenaline, fun and a laugh a minute,” said Bielinski. “It’s good natured frivolity.”

Since Bielinski came to the University of Mary in 2015, “The Cottage” is a departure from the dramas and murder mystery performances he’s directed in the past.

“Life is full of stresses and this lets you get lost in the craziness of farce,” added Bielinski. “We laugh at it but also see ourselves reflected in the outrageous situations and characters. So we have fun, but then we go home and think – those characters are pretty disturbed – I’m gonna make sure I don’t do anything like that!”

Rachel Morrison, “Sylvia,” Aberdeen, South Dakota, Majoring in Music. Theater minor

Rachel Morrison, “Sylvia,” Aberdeen, South Dakota, Majoring in Music. Theater minor    

Tryston Simek, “Clarke,” Bismarck, North Dakota. Majoring in English, Theater minor

Tryston Simek, “Clarke,” Bismarck, North Dakota. Majoring in English, Theater minor

Paul Skogen, “Beau”,  White Bear Lake, Minnesota.  Double majoring in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology Management

Paul Skogen, “Beau”,
White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Double majoring in Computer Information Systems and Information Technology Management  

 

 

 

 

Rachel Goettle, “Deirdre,” Mandan, North Dakota. Majoring in Vocal Performance with a minor in Business Administration

Rachel Goettle, “Deirdre,” Mandan, North Dakota. Majoring in Vocal Performance with a minor in Business Administration 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle Nesler, “Richard,” Fargo, North Dakota. Majoring in Music Education, Theater Minor

Kyle Nesler, “Richard,” Fargo, North Dakota. Majoring in Music Education, Theater Minor

Marlee Seibold, “Marjorie,” Minot, North Dakota. English Major, Theater Minor

Marlee Seibold, “Marjorie,” Minot, North Dakota. English Major, Theater Minor