by Marya Morstad   January 9, 2006

Producer Marya Morstad continues the “Radio mnartists” series of web and radio interviews with Minnesota artists. Listen to her interview with Maren Ward.
Artist Maren Ward
Artist Maren Ward
Artist Maren Ward

To hear the interview with Maren Ward of Bedlam Theatre, click on the "Related Content" tab at the foot of the right-hand column on this page.

MAREN WARD is a founding member and core artist of Bedlam Theatre. She has directed four Bedlam productions including Unhinged, a collaboratively-created feminist horror piece in 2004. Bedlam is currently creating a musical about the West Bank neighborhood where the theater is located.

Maren is co-director of the Barebones Halloween Show, a community-created outdoor pageant featuring puppetry, dance, music and ritual. Maren is also stage director of the zAmya theater project, a theatrical collaboration of homeless and housed individuals.

Maren has performed with 10,000 Things Theater Company, Frank Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theater, Bright Eye Productions, and with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

She has a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College, has studied theater at the Moscow Arts Theatre School and is the recipient of a 2005 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Upcoming Events:

The First BEDLAM ROMP of 2006! puppets! music! dance! film! theater! news! and more... to volunteer or perform, email! Saturday, January 14th, 2006 - 9:00pm Doors open at 9pm, $5-$10 sliding scale

BEDLAM THEATRE PRODUCTION Big Ole's Theater for Revolutionary Arts: The First 100 Years

Mike Harris, creator of the WYASKY news and other popular political shorts, directs his full length play chronicalling the ups and downs of a radical theater troupe through the ages.

"Big Ole's Theatre for the Revolutionary Arts: The First 100 Years" is a documentary-style look at the ups and downs of a radical theatre company over the course of the 20th Century. It features scenes of the company's most successful and influential shows as well as backstage scenes of the important meetings that directed the course of the company's development as a Minneapolis counter-cultural institution.

Friday, Feb 3rd, through Saturday, February 11th @ 8:00pm


June 2006 at Mixed Blood Theater Bedlam Theater presents an original musical about the West Bank neighborhood.

ABOUT WEST BANK STORY The title alludes to the musical West Side Story, a 1950's New York retelling of Romeo & Juliet. West BANK Story will share some of the themes of that Broadway classic: love, hate, hot-blooded passion, as well as cross-cultural conflict and cooperation in a changing neighborhood.

The life and history of the West Bank hold enough stories for dozens of plays. We're beginning with three focus areas: the turn of the last century Bohemian Flats, 1970's development activism, and the changing neighborhood today. As we go along, we expect to settle on a specific central story, though the script will definitely reflect the broader history.

Check Bedlams' web site for updated information.