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For six days, they made forbidden love in cut-rate hotels, a Gideon bible in each bedside drawer, but on the seventh they went down to the river and there consummated their rapid descent into madness. Such is the fate of the titular character and her clandestine amour in The Passion of Teresa Rae King, which debuted at Triad Stage last weekend and runs through May 20.
This play was written and directed by Triad Stage’s own Preston Lane and stars Beth Glover as Mamie King, Stanton Nash as Carter King, Patrick Ball as Levon Lankford, Sarah Hankins as Detective Suzanne Oliver, Madeline Fox as Teresa Rae King, Lorin Kaplan and Melat Ayalew listed as ensemble cast members. I went to see the play on May 6 at the Pyrle Theater in downtown Greensboro.
For live theater enthusiasts, being one of the first audiences to experience a new work gives an extra boost to a night out, especially if that work engages and entertains. Friday night’s Triad Stage opening of Preston Lane’s latest script, “The Passion of Teresa Rae King,” proved to be no exception. Marrying an old story with a new location and storytelling that fully embraces modern technology provides an engrossing tale of human relationships and the manifestations of guilt.
When hope is absent, what is left? When people no longer feel they have a purpose, what happens to their families? And their communities? These difficult questions are fertile for artistic exploration and in “The Passion of Teresa Rae King,” Triad Stage explores these issues with a North Carolina family barely scraping by in a tough economy.