Koenig Featured in Blessed Assurance

March 29, 2012 Hardy Koenig

Hardy Koenig, Artistic Director and Assistant Professor with NDSU Theatre, will star in the one-man play Blessed Assurance, adapted for the stage by Steve Willis and based on a novella by Allan Gurganus.  The play runs Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 PM at The Stage at Island Park.

Blessed Assurance tells the story of Jerry who now in his 60’s is having trouble sleeping as he considers his past.  Jerry put himself through college by selling funeral insurance to “black people” in North Carolina.  He is now “well off” and has feelings of guilt as he tries to purge his feelings of shame by recounting and confessing this time of his life.

The play keeps the audience engaged and traveling in time as Jerry tells stories of his past from the present comfort of his beach home.   We see Jerry at nineteen as he returns to his past as a young man and shows us the sometime joyful and sometime painful interaction between he and his parents, he and his boss who enticed him into the insurance game and ultimately the people he served and cheated, feared and grew to love. 

It is ultimately a story of growth and understanding, redemption and acceptance but although serious in its focus there are many laughs along the way as Jerry shares his story

Koenig will bring this production to The Dakota Stage in Bismarck on May 19-20 and previously performed at Valley City State University on March 24.

Tickets for the Fargo production are available online at www.fmct.org or at the door.

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