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Preston Lane and Triad Stage celebrate 15 successful seasons in Downtown Greensboro

Yes! Weekly June 22, 2016

As a child, running past the rhododendron and pine trees of the Appalachian Mountains, Preston Lane knew he wanted to be a storyteller. But he didn’t yet know what tales he would spin, or how he would do it. The small, quiet boy certainly didn’t know he’d be the co-founder of Triad Stage, a regional professional theatre, nor celebrating its 15th successful season...

Triad Stage approaches $500,000 special fundraising goal

News & Record June 22, 2016

With nine days left in its special fundraising campaign, Triad Stage has raised 91 percent of its $500,000 goal. The nonprofit professional theater launched the fundraising initiative in February as part of its plan to balance its budget, strengthen its financial footing and better ensure its future.

Triad Stage presents an adaptation of 'Don Juan'

News & Record June 2, 2016

Triad Stage has built a reputation for presenting outstanding, intense drama from such renowned playwrights as Tennessee Williams and August Wilson. But that doesn’t mean Triad Stage co-founder Preston Lane doesn’t enjoy a good “Police Academy” or “Pink Panther” movie.

At Home with Preston Lane

1808 Magazine May 27, 2016

 The pull of home and place are themes in many Southern novels and plays. Preston Lane, founding artistic director of Triad Stage understands the tug of to-move-or-to-stay. For years the North Carolinian playwright, actor, director and producer resisted living here, moving to Chicago and later to China.

Triad Stage brings August Wilson drama 'Fences' to Greensboro

News & Record April 14, 2016

 Throughout its 15 seasons, Triad Stage has brought the works of the 20th century’s best playwrights to downtown Greensboro, from Tennessee Williams to Henrik Ibsen. That tradition continues Friday when August Wilson’s “Fences” opens at Triad Stage.

Triad Stage Announces Their 2016-2017 Season

Camel City DispatchMarch 12, 2016

 Triad Stage, the region’s largest producing arts organization, has unveiled its 2016-2017 Season. The company’s 16th season will feature eight locally-produced professional productions mounted in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, for the first time on an academic year calendar from September through May.

Art Briefs: Triad stage announces schedule

Winston-Salem Journal March 5, 2016

Triad Stage recently announced its 2016-17 season, which runs from September through May 2017. The season, the company’s 16th, will feature eight locally produced, professional productions mounted in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.

Triad Stage unveils 16th Season

News & Record February 29, 2016

The upcoming season at Triad Stage will feature eight plays in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, including favorites from past seasons, a new work by artistic director Preston Lane and a collaboration with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

Finances force Triad Stage to reduce budget, 2016-17 season

News & Record February 25, 2016

 As Triad Stage prepares to announce its 16th season, the downtown professional theater will cut its budget to better ensure its future.

Triad Stage reduces budget, season

Winston-Salem Journal February 25, 2016

 As Triad Stage prepares to announce its 16th season, the professional theater company will cut its budget to better ensure its future. The nonprofit theater will produce eight plays next season instead of nine in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, and reduce year-round operations to a season that runs from September to early May.

Creative Collaborators: Lane, Dossett's 6th play again explores magic of Appalachia

News & Record February 18, 2016

Playwright Preston Lane and singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett have taken Triad Stage audiences from North Carolina’s mountains to the coast in their artistic collaborations. To create their sixth play, they immersed themselves in the world of outsider art.

UNCG, Triad Stage expand partnership

News & Record February 16, 2016

An expanded partnership between Triad Stage and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at UNC-Greensboro will provide new curriculum and enhance student recruitment at the school, while offering more talent for Triad Stage productions.

Preview: Radiunt Abundunt

The Carolinian February 10, 2016

Triad Stage will premiere "Radiunt Abundunt," a play by Preston Lane, Triad Stage’s Artistic Director, and local musician Laurelyn Dossett, on Feb. 21, 2016. It will run until mid-March. This past Saturday, Feb. 6, the two artists sat down together to talk about the play and answer audience questions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Crossing the finish line

Yes! Weekly January 27, 2016

Ricky Bobby isn’t the only character that likes to go fast; in fact, one driven female might have just given him a run for his money if she had crossed the track from the stage to the screen. While Talladega Nights,the movie, highlights the male egos of NASCAR, the play VROOOMMM! focuses on the plight and success of the first female driver in the male-dominated world.

Play mines humor from men, women in NASCAR

Winston-Salem Journal January 23, 2016

Except for some early pioneers when NASCAR was formed in 1949 — and a few regulars starting in the 1970s — women drivers have been rare in the upper echelons of the sport. When playwright Janet Allard took on the subject of women in American car racing in “Vrooommm!,” first produced in New York in the summer of 2007, Danica Patrick hadn’t happened to NASCAR yet. 

Theater companies form NC Triad Theatre League

News & Record January 19, 2016

 Leaders of Triad theater companies formed a new organization Tuesday to promote their work jointly. Representatives of 16 professional, community and college theaters from Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, Randolph and Rockingham counties met at Triad Stage to create the NC Triad Theatre League.

On making an Appalachian Christmas classic

Triad City Beat December 2, 2015

 Preston Lane is the writer and director of Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, a heart-warming play imagining the nativity as if it had happened in Appalachian country. Folk singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett composed the score.

  Triad City Beat: What is it that keeps people coming back to Beautiful Star? I mean you’ve been doing this since 2006 and it’s still a big hit.

A Cast Filled with Kids

Piedmont Parent MagazineNovember 16, 2015

Next to Scrooge, Tiny Tim is the most memorable character of the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. For holiday productions, the spirit of the message typically comes through the voice of a child. Fitting considering the child-centered premise of Christmas: the Baby in the manger, Santa showering gifts upon the children of the world, the little drummer boy, Linus in Charlie Brown Christmas and, of course, Tiny Tim.

Suffering, pain from cancer can teach powerful lessons

Winston-Salem JournalOctober 4, 2015

 by Lynn Felder 

Art has the power to transmute pain, transform suffering and give it meaning. But first, pain and suffering have the power to transform us. They come unbidden. We don’t go shopping for them. They don’t need to be courted, but once they arrive, it’s our job to find the gifts that are hidden in them. Or you can resign yourself to being miserable.

Studying for the Stage

Yes! WeeklySeptember 30, 2015

The human body is quite complex, which is why it takes years of studying to become a doctor. But apparently it also takes a lot of hard focus and studying to even pretend to be a doctor—that is if you want your production to be of the upmost quality. And that’s exactly the extent to which Triad Stage went in order to nail down every detail of Wit.

Triad Stage brings to life Tennessee Williams' Southern gothic play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

News & Record August 27, 2015

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof tells the story of a wealthy Mississippi family whose lives revolve around a complex web of lies and secrets. Broadway actress Christina DeCicco plays Maggie, the family’s daughter-in-law. Much of the play focuses on Maggie and her husband, Brick. Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., DeCicco said she wasn’t raised in a show business family, but said, "My parents would take me into the city to see Broadway shows. I thought, 'Maybe I want to do this.'"

Bless the Delta's heart

Yes! WeeklyAugust 26, 2015

Bornandbred Southerners understand subtleties, white lies and passive aggression. It’s a unique culture that prides itself on genuine southern hospitality, and yet a polite smile isn’t always a truthful indication of one’s fondness for someone. Deceit is accepted for the sake of nice, and family is what matters most. We’re difficult to figure out. But that isn’t stopping New York resident John O’Creagh from performing as the cotton plantation owner, Big Daddy, in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

InSight Speaker Announced for CAT

Triad Stage BlogAugust 17, 2015

 We're thrilled to welcome back Thomas Keith! Click the link to read more. 

Local playwright examines college athletic programs

Fox 8 WGHPJune 26, 2015

How much do you love Tar Heels basketball? What about Duke? NC State? East Carolina? UNCG? Do you love them enough to take a good, hard look at the program? That’s what local playwright and director Preston Lane is doing. Lane is the co-founder of Triad Stage and his latest production looks more like a documentary of recent events than a play. Set in a fictional North Carolina college, the storyline will make you sit up and say, “Wow, that’s what’s going on, right now.” It looks at how these major programs are run and asks questions that – though, may be uncomfortable – need to be asked. See if you agree in this edition of the Buckley Report.

Politics, smack talk and team loyalty

Yes! Weekly June 24, 2015

 Triad Stage often taps into its regional roots, presenting productions by great Southern writers as well as Appalachian originals. But this time the theater finally found the one thing that unites us all together—what each North Carolinian bleeds for—March Madness. Yes! Weekly interviews two die-hard ACC fans after the show... 

Audiences are raving about COMMON ENEMY

Triad Stage Blog June 10, 2015

"Common Enemy embodies the truth of North Carolina basketball fanaticism in a way that is compassionate without flinching from the seriousness and scope of the matter." Click the link to read more! 

Visceral, Powerful, Uncomfortable. Modern

Triad Stage Blog June 9, 2015

Those are a few of the words patrons have used to describe COMMON ENEMY. And by now, you might be thinking "what is this show about? Why is it provoking such immediate responses?" Well, we’re glad you asked.

Triad Stage, UNCG Theatre team for Common Enemy

UNCG Now June 4, 2015

Basketball on tobacco road. Whistle-blowing both on the court and off. Multi-media. Scandal. Reputations in the balance. Core university values in the balance, as well. It’s looking to be the most innovative, timely and provocative production the theater has staged.

Triad Stage examines college basketball in Common Enemy

News & RecordMay 28, 2015

Preston Lane, Triad Stage's artistic director and the play's author, said the state's deep-seated love for college basketball makes it a natural topic for a N.C.-based play - as well as a source of conflict. "Basketball is something that I love," said Lane, who pledges his personal allegiance to the Tar Heels. But as fans know, there is a darker side to high-stakes, big-money college athletics. "It's a struggle. I know the NCAA is unfair to its players, and yet I'm a North Carolinian born and bred," Lane said. "I remember classes stopping when I was in school during March Madness. College basketball is so much a part of who we are."

Some Thoughts on Common Enemy

Triad Stage Blog May 27, 2015

 Founding Artistic Director, Preston Lane, shares his insights and inspirations for Common Enemy. A few might surprise you. Check out our blog to read them all! 

For richer or poorer in the Old West

Triad City BeatMay 13, 2015

Times change; people change; fortunes wax and wane. But friends are forever. Or maybe not, in the case of Abundance. Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre, in association with Triad Stage, debuted Beth Henley’s Western comedic drama, Abundance, on Saturday after three nights of preview performances. “It’s a great way to fulfill our name by playing in two of the Triad’s cities,” Richard Whittington, Triad Stage’s managing director, told the audience before the performance.

Triad Arts Weekend : Beth Henley

88.5 WFDDMay 8, 2015

 Back in 1978, American dramatist and actress Beth Henley won a Pulitzer Prize for her play Crimes of the Heart. It was the Mississippi native’s first professionally produced play, and since then Beth’s become one this country’s most influential theatre voices. That voice is well known for blending the comic and the serious in nearly all of her pieces. A wonderful example can be found throughout her play Abundance which opened earlier this week at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, and is directed by Preston Lane.

Triad Stage trying something different with Henley plays

Winston-Salem JournalMay 3, 2015

 Beth Henley thinks that what Triad Stage is doing with her work may be a first. “I think it’s unbelievably wonderful that they’re doing two of my plays back to back at two different theaters,” she said. “That’s just incredible. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before.” Triad Stage just finished a production of Henley’s most famous play, Crimes of the Heart, for which Henley won a Pulitzer Prize in drama. That play ran April 6-26 at the company’s theater in Greensboro. On Wednesday it begins previews of Henley’s Abundance at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Wild West Weddings

Yes! WeeklyApril 29, 2015

 It’s 1860 and two young girls—mailorder brides—wait in the wild, western desert to meet their husbands. What they didn’t know they’d find is a friendship strong enough to withstand kidnapping, natural disasters, Indian escapades and even marriage. For its last show of its second Winston-Salem season, Triad Stage presents Abundance, a dusty tale of loss, adventure and dreams by playwright Beth Henley.

Dressing a Story

Yes! WeeklyDecember 3, 2014

 It takes many elements to tell a good story: facial expressions, inflection at just the right time, dramatic pauses. And costumes. Costumes not only submerge the audience in the story and set the tone of the play, but they also tell the bigger story: the time period and the surrounding setting. The costumes in Triad Stage’s Snow Queen tell these stories and much more.

Triad Stage gets in the spirit of Dickens' holiday tale

Winston-Salem Journal / RelishNovember 30, 2014

Andrew Boyer remembers when he fell in love with the theater. He was 11, and his aunt and uncle had taken him to see a production of “The Music Man” in Los Angeles starring Forrest Tucker. “I was so mesmerized,” Boyer said. “I wanted to be up there on that stage. I wanted to do that.” Now he does. Boyer grew up to be a professional actor. He’s based in New York, but will be in Winston-Salem in December playing Ebenezer Scrooge in Triad Stage’s production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Props master Eric Hart: This guy wrote the book on making props for plays

News & Record / Go TriadNovember 27, 2014

When Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane decided to stage his original musical, Snow Queen, last December, he fully realized that a play of this magnitude presented a number of technical challenges. Chief among them were five animal puppets that had to move in very specific ways for which there was no template, no reference point. Each had to be built from scratch, using trial and error, ingenuity, imagination and innovation. Lane, however, did not hesitate in going ahead with the production for he knew he had the perfect man for the job. In fact, he had the man who wrote the book. Literally.

Local Talent : Emily Gardner Hall

Yes! WeeklyNovember 26, 2014

I was minding my own business, seriously, when one of the foodies at Scuppernong Books asked this exceedingly polite woman standing next to where I was sitting if she was “going to rehearsal.” It was one of those times where being a reporter allows me to be nosy. As she waited for her order, I decided to ask her what type of rehearsal she was attending. I assumed music, and being an amateur musician, I was interested in the twominute conversation. “I’m in a production at the Triad Stage,” she said with a posh London accent. “What’s the play called?” I asked. “The Snow Queen,” she said. “Do you have a big part?” I asked. “I’m the Snow Queen.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is the demure and humble Emily Gardner Hall.

Burlington boy stars in Triad Stage show

Burlington Times NewsOctober 30, 2014

"The role really suited Aidan’s personality. (John Henry) brings a real fun atmosphere to a tough, emotional show. While at times it’s dramatic, it’s also very funny. Carson McCullers has really captured what life was like in 1945 in the South. Frankie’s preteen voice is one audiences can relate to," his mother, Heather Armstrong, said.

Triad Stage director receives honor

News & Record / Go TriadOctober 30, 2014

 Preston Lane, the co-founder and artistic director of downtown professional theater Triad Stage, has received another honor for his work. Lane, recipient of the 2008 Betty Cone Medal of Arts, has been honored by the national Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Lane is one of five finalists for the foundation’s Zelda Fichandler Award. The award recognizes an outstanding director or choreographer who is transforming the regional arts landscape through imaginative, brave work in theater.

Actress comes full circle in "The Member of the Wedding"

News & Record / Go TriadOctober 16, 2014

 GREENSBORO — Triad Stage regularly brings working actors from across the country, particularly the New York City stage scene, to perform for local audiences. But the Triad itself is home to talented professional actors. And one of them, Greensboro’s Cassandra Lowe Williams, has found a home at Triad Stage. Williams plays the role of Berenice Sadie Brown in “The Member of the Wedding.”


Yes! WeeklyOctober 15, 2014

 Most of us would never choose to go back to that awkward place of emerging pimples, voice changes and uncomfortable social ventures — I’m talking about middle school. But one actress takes on the challenge and reminds us how fun it can be to get in touch with your inner child. Erin Schmidt, 23, is “letting go of everything (she’s) been taught as an adult” to play a misfit child in Triad Stage’s The Member of the Wedding, written by Carson McCullers and directed by Preston Lane, Triad Stage’s artistic director.

One-woman show starts as comedy, moves into mystery

News & Record September 18, 2014

A travel guide that is 113 years overdue is turned into a Dutch library... A lone librarian is determined to find out who borrowed this book, and, in the process, she wanders through questions about her own life. The audience is asked to do the same, and thus the play is described as “a metaphysical mystery."

Triad Stage opening season with UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL

Winston-Salem Journal | RelishSeptember 14, 2014

“It’s a metaphysical mystery,” Lane said. “It starts out with a kind of zany comedy, then keeps finding new layers. Each time we find new layers, we find new questions, new mysteries.

Hitchcock and hilarity comes to Triad Stage in THE 39 STEPS

News & Record August 28, 2014

The play takes the story in a slapstick, madcap direction. Four actors perform more than 150 roles, frequently switching characters multiple times in the same scene.

Shakespearean sounds: UNCG's Christine Morris at Triad Stage

UNCG NowJune 9, 2014

 Performing Shakespeare alongside professional actors could be intimidating. But with a voice/text coach giving the UNCG students personal lessons, the words come tripping off the tongue in the best kind of way. UNCG theater professor Christine Morris helps all the actors shine in the Triad Stage production of "All's Well that Ends Well." For the UNCG undergraduates in the production who have less experience with Shakespeare, she's a particularly valuable teacher.

Triad Stage actors give life to language in ALL'S WELL

News & Record/Go Triad June 5, 2014

 [Christine] Morris said the material Shakespeare provides is rich with meaning, nuance and unforgettable characters. "There's got to be a reason we keep doing this old stuff," she said. "It's so interesting." Morris adds that audiences shouldn't feel intimidated by Shakespeare's text. "Shakespearean English is English. It's old, but it's not a foreign language," she said.

Riley Baugus and Laurelyn Dossett Provide the Music for Triad Stage's Production of Brother Wolf

WFDD 88.5May 8, 2014

 In the hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge, good and evil are in constant struggle. Demons lurk in the dark forests and the early pioneers are under constant threat. So begins the liner for Brother Wolf, the play by Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane. It’s filled with epic storytelling, and outstanding original music composed by acclaimed singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett. Laurelyn says that when Preston first approached her in search of that authentic sounding score for Brother Wolf she said she knew right away it had to sound like Riley Baugus.

Riley is a musician’s musician, and he’s highly sought after for bringing out the best of old time American banjo and song. In fact Billboard Magazine said Riley’s vocals, “…sound like they've been echoing through the Appalachian Mountains for about 150 years." He and Laurelyn will perform live for the duration of the run of Brother Wolf which opens Friday night May 9th at 8:00 PM in Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.

Climbing the Appalachian Mountains ... in Winston-Salem

Yes! WeeklyMay 7, 2014

 An Appalachian folk story isn’t just told by a fireplace or spread only by the word of twang-laced mouths; it’s also told through song. Celebrating his Appalachian roots once again in the Triad is Preston Lane with his original work, Brother Wolf, which combines epic storytelling and live regional music.

Brother Wolf: An Appalachian tale reprised in new theater

News & Record/Go Triad May 1, 2014

When Preston Lane, artistic director at Triad Stage, was asked to expand the regional theater’s programming to the Hanesbrands Theater in Winston-Salem, he looked for a signature piece that best represented the company’s body of work.

Worth the Drive

O. Henry MagazineMay 1, 2014

Demons roaming the countryside, an act of faith awakening a monster, a stranger lending a hand, a cycle of revenge. If this sounds a little like your high-school English class, you’d be right: It’s Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon epic we all struggled through as teenagers. But the story is reset in the Appalachian Mountains, accompanied by a soundtrack of roots music. And Grendel the monster becomes Grin Dell, while the titular hero is an itinerant preacher named Brother Wolf. And if that name is familiar, you’ll recall it made the rounds several years ago as an original production of Triad Stage.

RED explores philosophy and questions meaning of art

Winston-Salem Journal / Relish NowFebruary 9, 2014

 John Logan's RED, which will open in previews Tuesday at Hanesbrands Theatre, explores Rothko's emphatic philosophies, conflicts and questions about the meaning of art and life through conversations with his assistant, Ken. 

The sea is a controlling force in Triad Stage's "Anna Christie"

News & Record / Go TriadFebruary 6, 2014

 Eugene O'Neill, whom many would consider America's greatest playwright, was not known as a political pundit. Yet, many of the themes he explored as much as a century ago, though not overtly political, have a keen relevance and timliness, particularly those of lost opportunity and the ability either to rise above one's circumstances of birth or blame outside, uncontrollable forces. 

Triad Stage set to perform first show in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem JournalDecember 8, 2013

This holiday season, the spirit of Christmas comes knocking at the front door of Winston-Salem thanks to a recent expansion of programming for Greensboro’s Triad Stage.

How "Snow Queen" Musical Found Its Folky Appalachian Voice

Kenneth JonesDecember 5, 2013

Part of the mission of Triad Stage, the ambitious American resident theatre headquartered in Greensboro, NC, is to promote a regional voice — reviving or creating stage literature that reflects the color and heritage of the Carolinas and the South. Its latest new work, Snow Queen, by founding artistic director Preston Lane (who also directs) and local songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, is an Appalachian riff on Hans Christian Andersen’s story. In it, a boy has been snatched by the Snow Queen, and a girl, Gertie, goes on a quest through the mountains to find him. 


'Snow Queen': Latest Lane-Dossett collaboration on stage

News & Record / Go TriadNovember 28, 2013

Rarely are two people so closely attuned that their individual and distinct talents mesh so seamlessly, making the finished product appear to have come from one mind.

NC's Triad Stage Re-Imagines "Snow Queen" as Appalachian Musical Adventure

By Kenneth JonesNovember 13, 2013

Lane and Dossett continue building a catalog of music-kissed stage works that draw on rich storytelling and cultural traditions of the greater Appalachian region — the spine of mountains that curves down the U.S. east coast and includes western North Carolina, parts of Tennessee, Viriginia, West Virginia and beyond

Triad Stage reaches out toward Winston-Salem

Yes! WeeklyOctober 23, 2013

 More than a decade ago Triad Stage was just the bud of a long-dreamt plan for its co-owners Preston Lane and Richard Whittington. Now, in its 13 th season, the small professional theater tucked into an old, gutted department store on Elm Street will reach out beyond its Greensboro limits to flourish in Winston-Salem.

Arts Council announces partnership with Greensboro's Triad Stage

Winston-Salem JournalOctober 22, 2013

Patrons at Hanesbrands Theatre will soon have access to new, professional programming performed by Triad Stage, a nonprofit theater company in Greensboro. The programming is the result of a partnership between Triad Stage and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the council announced Tuesday.

Triad Stage will add shows in Winston-Salem

News & RecordOctober 22, 2013

 Triad Stage will expand its theatrical presence into Winston-Salem, presenting three shows there between December and May. Triad Stage and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County announced the partnership today at Hanesbrands Theatre on North Spruce Street in Winston-Salem.

Arts Council and Triad Stage of Greensboro Announce Strategic Affiliation

Camel City DispatchOctober 22, 2013

 The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Triad Stage, the professional not-for-profit theatre company located in downtown Greensboro, have reached an agreement for three new productions in The Arts Council’s Hanesbrands Theatre over the next several months. Describing the agreement as a “strategic affiliation,” Jim Sparrow, Arts Council President and CEO, said the net effect will be to strengthen the Triad theatre community and increase opportunities for audiences to enjoy quality, professional theatre in Winston-Salem.

Triad Stage expanding programming to Winston-Salem's Hanesbrands Theatre

Triad Business JournalOctober 22, 2013

 Triad Stage this year will expand its programming to Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem as part of a strategic affiliation with the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, marking one of the first steps toward creating the $80 million downtown Winston-Salem theater district.

Triad Stage adds new programming to Hanesbrands Theatre

News 14 CarolinaOctober 22, 2013

 A Triad theatre company expands its programming to a new city through a unique move. Leaders with the non-profit Triad Stage, located in Greensboro, made the announcement Tuesday in Winston-Salem. It is a move that is the first of its kind in the state and nation.

Triad Stage Partnership

WXII 12October 22, 2013

"The Mountaintop" brings MLK Jr. story to Triad Stage

News & RecordOctober 17, 2013

For 90 minutes straight, six days a week, Cedric Mays becomes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Paper Lantern Theatre Company presents TIME STANDS STILL

WFDDSeptember 25, 2013

 A regional premiere of Time Stands Still, the Tony nominated play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies comes to the Triad this month courtesy of Paper Lantern Theatre Company. "The play’s two hours fly by as if you’ve barely taken a breath”, so says Variety magazine. Time Stands Still kicks off Paper Lantern’s 6th season and its first season as the official resident theatre company for the Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret.  

In, "The Mountaintop," an imagining of MLK's last night

Durham Herald-SunSeptember 19, 2013

In “The Mountaintop,” Katori Hall’s play about the last night of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, just two actors are on stage for the 90-minute production. It’s quick and long at the same time, said Cedric Mays, the actor portraying King... Without an intermission, it just “goes, goes, goes” without even a water break, he said.

Timely Play Comments on Middle East

Yes! WeeklySeptember 18, 2013

 In light of the ongoing war against terrorism, and now President Obama’s possible attack on Syria, Paper Lantern Theatre Company couldn’t have picked a better play to begin its first season as Triad Stage’s resident theater company for the UpStage Cabaret.

Play explores MLK's last night alive

The Daily Tar HeelSeptember 18, 2013

“This play celebrates the legacy of MLK Jr.,” said Preston Lane, artistic director of Triad Stage. “It reminds us that at one point he was going to take us to the mountaintop. He started a journey for freedom and justice and equality in America. We’re carrying on his dream of what greatness America would be capable of.”

Katori Hall's Stirring Drama, "The Mountaintop," Is Set on the Day Before MLK Was Assassinated

Triangle Arts and EntertainmentSeptember 18, 2013

The Mountaintop is a stirring two-character drama in which 32-year-old African-American actress and playwright Katori Hall imagines what might have happened on Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s next-to-last day on Earth — on April 3, 1968 — and asks “What if?”

Top Ten Best Regional Theaters You Might Not Know About

Kenneth Jones / Culturalist September 15, 2013

 1. Tarragon Theatre (Toronto, Ontario)

2. Purple Rose Theatre Company (Chelsea, Michigan)

3. Triad Stage (Greensboro, North Carolina)

4. Gulfshore Playhouse (Naples, Florida)

5. Theatre Aspen (Aspen, Colorado)

6. Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery, Alabama)

7. Olney Theatre Center (Olney, Maryland)

8. Plan-B Theatre (Salt Lake City, Utah)

9. Mustard Seed Theatre (St. Louis, Missouri)

10. Williamston Theatre (Williamston, Michigan)

Triad Stage opens 13th season; looks forward to GPAC

News 14 CarolinaSeptember 6, 2013

 Triad Stage kicks off its 13th season Friday night in front of a sold out crowd. Officials say the area's theatre landscape is changing for the better. They're crediting in part the progress on Greensboro’s Performing Arts Center.

Wait Until Dark promises thrills and chills

News & RecordSeptember 5, 2013

 Laurence Lau waits in the green room at Triad Stage. He sits in a comfortable chair. He’s relaxed. In 30 minutes, Lau will step on stage at The Pyrle Theater for his first technical rehearsal. He’ll leave his laid-back, down-to-earth demeanor backstage and take on the persona of detail-oriented, scheming sociopath Harry Roat Jr.

The GPAC Effect

Fox 8 WGHPSeptember 5, 2013

 Just about every city in the Piedmont is working to improve its downtown, and they all have the same challenge: How do we build on what we have, without losing what’s already here?

When a new performing arts center was proposed for downtown Greensboro, it sent a message to current organizations, like Triad Stage.

“We’re going to have to step up our games even further, because we can’t make it an either/or,” said Richard Whittington, co-founder of Triad Stage.

So imagine his relief, to hear:

“We want to do everything we can to make sure that this [GPAC] doesn’t have a negative impact on those organizations,” said Kathy Manning, lead fundraiser for GPAC.

Sights around Greensboro: Cool Car

News & Record June 20, 2013

 This rolling advertisement for the Triad Stage production of "Tennessee Playboy" was an eye-catching sight this morning on Elm Street. Nothing says "playboy" like a muscle car, in this case a vintage Camaro.

4 Plays in June at Theatre 232

UNCG Campus WeeklyJune 10, 2013

2013’s Theatre 232, the collaborative summer theatre festival of Triad Stage and UNCG, will present four plays this month. A group of seven UNCG student actors and five student designers and a team of 10 undergraduate technicians and stage managers are currently at work, growing professionally and artistically. Several UNCG faculty members play key roles as well.


Triad Stage puts new twist on historic play

News & Record/Go TriadJune 6, 2013

 For dialogue, “I tried to find the poetry of Appalachia to replace the poetry of Ireland,” Lane said. “That TV don’t work,” Pearlene tells Chuck, who fears that police have broadcast his picture. “Ain’t worked for months,” says her father, Mitch Dunbar. “I got so damned mad when Dolly Parton left ‘The Porter Wagoner Show,’ I took my .22 and blew the Wagonmasters straight to hell.”

A Redneck Romance

WUNC "The State of ThingsJune 6, 2013

 Host Frank Stasio talks to Preston Lane about his original adaptation and the cast performs a scene. 

Walking the line between bad teeth and moonshine

Yes! WeeklyJune 5, 2013

 There is a fun, pervasive and provoking stereotype that comes with being a mountain dweller. The rustic, barefooted moonshine-makers have been parodied for decades. But anyone who has ever visited east Tennessee, or even Boone for that matter, has seen that there are elements truth and fiction in the label of “hillbilly.”


Yes! WeeklyApril 17, 2013

 In the 1964 musical film My Fair Lady Audrey Hepburn casts a rich, heart-warming and immovable image in many memories. Her character’s transformation from a poor, cockney flower girl to a refined “duchess” has warmed many hearts, which is one reason why Triad students and residents alike were thrilled to feel a part of Triad Stage’s theatrical production. To bring to life such a large, legendary and magnificent production, Triad Stage relied on this community.

Triad Stage's Reimagined My Fair Lady, With Cast of Ten, Begins April 7; Julia Osborne and Michael McKenzie Star

Playbill.comApril 7, 2013

Triad Stage presents a reimagined production of My Fair Lady, the Tony Award-winning musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, beginning April 7, prior to an official opening April 12, at the Triad's Pyrle Theater in Greensboro, NC.

Theatre Getaway to Triad Stage: My Fair Lady

Appalachian Summer FestivalApril 5, 2013

Appalachian Summer Festival's annual summer trip to Triad Stage includes a bus trip down the mountain from Boone, tickets to the show and dinner afterwards at O.Henry Hotel.

Triad Stage's Innovative Production of My Fair Lady

88.5 WFDDApril 5, 2013

Triad Stage Artistic Associate and director Bryan Conger re-imagines this unlikely love story with an intimate, inventive approach featuring a unique 2-piano version with 10 actors playing more than 30 characters. He was joined by Musical Director E. Marie Denig in studio.  

Catch a slice of Broadway at Triad Stage

Burlington Times NewsApril 4, 2013

 Triad Stage has turned to Broadway for its latest production: an inventive, intimate reimagining of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic love story, “My Fair Lady.”

Triad Stage Will Reimagine My Fair Lady for Cast of Ten; Julia Osborne and Michael McKenzie to Star

Playbill.comMarch 29, 2013

 Triad Stage will present a reimagined production of My Fair Lady, the Tony Award-winning musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, beginning April 7, prior to an official opening April 12, at the Triad's Pyrle Theater in Greensboro, NC. Directed by Bryan Conger, the limited engagement will continue through May 5.

Tennessee Williams' Kingdom of Earth, With Philippe Bowgen, Ryah Nixon, Clayton Fox, Opens Feb. 15 at NC's Triad

Playbill.comFebruary 15, 2013

The artist literally behind the scenes at Triad Stage

Yes! WeeklyFebruary 13, 2013

From the graceful fragility of glass to the juxtaposition of lace and chains, and now to an omnipotent, mostrous flood, the sets at Triad Stage continue to transform words into three-dimensional feelings. And there's one woman who continually aids the mission. 

A Q&A with an angry elf

Yes! WeeklyDecember 19, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes while kids are visiting Santa at the mall, Crumpet, from David Sedaris’ sarcastic, comedic and R-rated essay The Santaland Diaries, reveals all the naughty details. Of course, the out-of-work actor took the shameful job in desperation, so his opinions aren’t exactly filled with holiday cheer.

Trouble in Mind on The State of Things

WUNC 91.5: North Carolina Public RadioSeptember 20, 2012

The play “Trouble in Mind" is currently in performances at the Triad Stage. It features a rare protagonist – an older African-American woman who boldly picks apart the theatrical roles that are offered to her. Preston Lane is the artistic director of Triad Stage and the director of the production. He joins host Frank Stasio to have a conversation about producing this theatre classic by Alice Childress. Actors Cassandra Lowe Williams, Evan Thompson, Phillip Lynch and Harold Surratt also join in the conversation to perform scenes.

Alice Childress' 'Trouble in Mind', with Cassandra Lowe Williams, Mark H. Dold, Opens Sept. 7 at the Triad

Playbill.comSeptember 7, 2012

Triad Stage's 12th season kicks off with Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind, directed by Triad artistic director Preston Lane. The play opens Sept. 7, following previews that began Sept. 2, at The Pyrle Theater, Triad's home in North Carolina.

Technical Team Creates an Illusion

YES! WeeklyJune 20, 2012

As gray columns arch across the ceiling, almost consuming the front audience, Triad Stage is transformed into a magical realm. The way a world comes alive onstage is truly miraculous, and although Triad Stage has a “sorcerer” onstage this month, it was no wizard that raised the walls and brought the set to life — those details were left in the ever-capable hands of a technical team.

Preston Lane Makes Some Music

Theatremania.comFebruary 19, 2012

The late Reynolds Price is considered one of the country's great Southern novelists, but he was an accomplished playwright as well. In 1989, the Cleveland Play House first presented his New Music trilogy, consisting of the plays August Snow, Night Dance and Better Days. Now, for the first time since then, the trilogy is being presented by Triad Stage in Greensboro, North Carolina, the writer's native state. TheaterMania spoke with Triad's artistic director, Preston Lane, about his personal association with the trilogy, his company's commitment to the playwright, and why the work has been so underappreciated for so long.

Triad Stage & NewBridge Bank Present New Music Trilogy by Reynolds Price

Broadwayworld.comFebruary 17, 2012

Utilizing two different casts to tell a story spanning four decades, Triad Stage and NewBridge Bank present the entire New Music trilogy by Reynolds Price, directed by Preston Lane, in a two part extended run—Part I, comprised of the plays, August Snow and Night Dance, and Part II, the final play in the series, Better Days—produced together for only the second time since they were written.

Burlington Times-News

Burlington Times-NewsFebruary 16, 2012

Triad Stage is revisiting an old friend, and the Greensboro Public Library is getting in on the act, too. The downtown-Greensboro theater's latest production is Reynolds Price?s "New Music" trilogy - "August Snow," "Night Dance" and "Better Days" - performed in two parts in rotating repertory, a first for Triad Stage.

Reynold Price's New Music trilogy comes to Triad Stage for a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event

Triangle Arts and EntertainmentFebruary 12, 2012

Utilizing two different casts to tell a story spanning four decades, Triad Stage and NewBridge Bank present the entire New Music trilogy by Reynolds Price, directed by Preston Lane, in a two part extended run—Part I, comprised of the plays, August Snow and Night Dance, and Part II, the final play in the series, Better Days—produced together for only the second time since they were written.

Here's to Reynolds Price, a Great Southern Writer

YES! WeeklyFebruary 9, 2012

A North Carolina native son, spectacular author, poet and playwright, Reynolds Price is certainly a man deserving honor and respect, especially among the theatrical and literary crowd of his home state. That's why Greensboro Public Library, NewBridge Bank and Triad Stage have teamed together to present a four-month celebration of the man with "a great Southern voice."

Reynolds Price Remembered

NCArts EverydayFebruary 1, 2012

New Music, Price’s family trilogy of plays including August Snow, Night Dance and Better Days, can be seen in rotating repertory at Triad Stage from Sunday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, March 18.This unique literary and theatrical event paints a picture of the Avery family in eastern N.C. in 1937, 1945 and 1974, and marks only the second time all three plays have been performed together since they were written in the 1980s. For more information or to order tickets, visit

Triad Stage and NewBridge Bank Present New Music Trilogy by Reynolds Price

Broadwayworld.comJanuary 27, 2012

Greensboro's Triad Stage will present North Carolina native Reynolds Price's entire New Music trilogy - for the second time since they were written - in two parts from Feb. 12-March 18 at the Pyrle Theater.

Greensboro's Triad Will Mount Reynolds Price's New Music Trilogy; Casting Announced

Playbill.comJanuary 23, 2012

Greensboro's Triad Stage will present North Carolina native Reynolds Price's entire New Music trilogy - for the second time since they were written - in two parts from Feb. 12-March 18 at the Pyrle Theater.

Triad Stage set for 11th season

News 14 CarolinaSeptember 4, 2011

The stage is set for another season at Triad Stage. Every year the Greensboro based theater company brings a series of productions that attracts thousands of people.

Triad Stage Presents 'Dial M for Murder'

88.5 WFDD: Your NPR News and Triad Arts StationAugust 31, 2011

Triad Stage Director Preston Lane is turning to some big guns for sight and sound in the new production of Frederick Knot's successful stage play Dial "M" for Murder. UNCSA theatre sound design faculty David E. Smith worked for 8 years with the Royal National Theatre in London and projection designer Bill McCord has worked on blockbuster films JFK and O Brother Where Art Thou. They all talk shop with TAUC host David Ford.

Triad Stage buys property to house costumes, build sets

News & RecordJune 27, 2011

The sign above the door advertises the building’s former occupant, a company called Envision. Sometime this summer, it will display the name of its new owner: Triad Stage.

Shakespeare interpretation is da 'Bomb'

GoTriad Greensboro News & RecordJune 23, 2011

Straight outta Stratford-Upon-Avon, “The Bomb-itty of Errors” is William Shakespeare with hip-hop flava.

The play is a presentation of Theatre 232 –– a joint effort between Triad Stage and UNCG’s theater department. The late-night comedy continues through July 1 at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage.

Grand Ball Ends Triad Stage's 10th Season

YES! WeeklyJune 8, 2011

To celebrate the end of Triad Stage’s 10th year, Artistic Director Preston Lane brought home Masquerade, a Danish delicacy. To modernize the play for his American audience, Lane relied not just on his own adaptation, but also on his design team, including costume designer Kelsey Hunt.

Enjoy a Masquerade at Greensboro's Triad Stage

Examiner.comJune 6, 2011

Now in its 10th season, Triad Stage is bringing dance as a part of its focus to its latest production, or should I say, "Masquerade" as the play is all about the goings on at the masquerade, the newest social "it" factor in town.

Masquerade, a Danish Classic, Gets New Version by NC's Triad Stage

Playbill.comMay 18, 2011

The work of Ludvig Holberg — the 18th-century Danish dramatist little-known in the U.S. but regarded as a pillar in the world of Danish literature — will get new life in a world-premiere adaptation of his comedy, Masquerade, in North Carolina.

The America Play on WUNC's The State of Things

WUNC 91.5: North Carolina Public RadioMay 3, 2011

Before playwright Suzan-Lori Parks penned the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Top Dog/Underdog,” she wrote “The America Play.” The abstract narrative centers around a character called The Foundling Father, a grave digger who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in a novelty performance that allows people to act out the role of the President’s assassin. “The America Play” is currently in production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage UpStage Cabaret. Director Donna Baldwin-Bradby and actors Darrell Hunt and Cassandra Williams join host Frank Stasio to talk about the play and the challenge of laying history to rest.

Actresses have steel magnolias in their lives

Go Triad/News & RecordApril 14, 2011

Whether you grew up in the South or not, there’s something about the mixture of laughter and tears in “Steel Magnolias” that resonates with women.

The play and the 1989 movie are set in a hair salon and focus on six women, their ups and downs and the strength they find in their friendships with each other.

Triad Stage Presents Steel Magnolias

88.5 WFDD: Your NPR News and Triad Arts StationApril 6, 2011

The New York Times calls Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling "Brimming with originality, wit and genuine affection". Triad Stage actors Beth Ritson and Catherine Charlesbois along with director John Feltch tell us why on Triad Arts Up Close!

Meet Billy Bishop

Yes! WeeklyMarch 2, 2011

Most North Carolinians — most Americans for that matter — aren’t familiar with the wartime hero Billy Bishop. That, of course, is probably because he’s a Canadian World War I hero, and introducing him to North Carolina for the first time in 20 years are three Greensboro residents in Triad Stage’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War.

The Sunset Limited at Triad Stage

WUNC 91.5: North Carolina Public RadioFebruary 22, 2011

The latest production at Greensboro’s Triad Stage is Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited,” a production with a small cast – just two men – and an extended conversation about big ideas including life, death, afterlife, faith and fate. Host Frank Stasio takes a look at the story, the language and the characters of the play with Stacey Peebles, a McCarthy scholar and the Assistant Director of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Lloyd International Honors College. Also joining the conversation are actors Harold Surratt and Kevin Kelley, who star in the Triad Stage production.

What's going on at Triad Stage's UpStage Cabaret?

88.5 WFDD: Your NPR News and Triad Arts StationJanuary 6, 2011

Triad Stage Managing Director Rich Whittington and actor, producer and Paper Lantern Theatre Company Co-Founder Beth Ritson talk with TAUC host David Ford about Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret, the two theatre companies' unique collaboration, and what it may mean for the broader Triad theatre community.

Laugh Away the Holiday Havoc in Triad Stage's The Santaland Diaries

Yes! WeeklyDecember 16, 2010

Host of “Dirty Jobs” Mike Rowe entertains us as he takes on some of the world’s filthiest, most unthinkable jobs. And although being an elf in Macy’s Santaland doesn’t require a roll in the dirt, it certainly takes the title of most humiliating job. Just like Rowe, David Sedaris allows us to peek into an entirely different “career,” while letting us laugh at the narrow job market and all the shameful jobs that we too may have taken in desperation.

Triad Stage Lights Up For the Holidays

News 14December 5, 2010

One of the most highly acclaimed theaters in the state is getting in the holiday spirit with two very different shows.

For the last 10 years, Triad Stage has brought the community together, dazzling audiences with new and unique Christmas performances. This year, it is getting theatergoers into the holiday spirit with a new adaptation on the old holiday classic "A Christmas Carol."

The massive production features a diverse cast of 19 actors who play 55 roles, some are from the Piedmont and others are acclaimed actors from New York.

Triad Stage casts new darkness on A Christmas Carol

Yes! WeeklyNovember 24, 2010

As malls become crowded, and stores cram their aisles with Christmas lights, tinsel and holiday décor, it’s hard to forget that the holidays are upon us. And just as mistletoe and “Jingle Bells” are icons of the season, so are “Bah-humbug” Mr. Scrooge and the loveable Tiny Tim of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

This Friday see A Christmas Carol brought not just to life, but to Dickens’ original grim, yet joyful vision in an adaptation by Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane.

Triad Stage Presents A Christmas Carol

88.5 WFDD: Your NPR News and Triad Arts StationNovember 22, 2010

Triad Stage Director Preston Lane and actor Gordon Joseph Weiss share their take on A Christmas Carol and its lead character Ebenezer Scrooge.

Triad Stage Starting New Holiday Tradition

My Fox 8November 9, 2010

Triad Stage is putting on a new adaptation of Charles Dickens', "A Christmas Carol," adapted by artistic director, Preston Lane.

Lane lists, "A Christmas Carol," as his favorite story of all time and notes that prior to the publication of the story in December of 1943, Christmas traditions were dying out in most of England.

Triad Stage in Greensboro Honored as Top 10 Emerging Theater in US

N.C. Arts CouncilSeptember 28, 2010

Triad Stage, one of North Carolina's fastest growing professional theaters, has been awarded a National Theatre Company Grant by the organization that founded the Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing.


Triangle Arts and EntertainmentSeptember 23, 2010

The American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, awarded Triad Stage a $10,000 grant, honoring the company as one of the Top 10 Most Promising Theaters to have emerged in the last 15 years across the United States.  Recipients of the inaugural National Theatre Company Grant include theatres in Arlington, Boise, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, Philadelphia and Portland.

Triad Stage celebrates performance milestone

News 14September 19, 2010

Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro has reached a milestone by launching it's 10th season of shows for the community.

Since purchasing and renovating the former Montogomery ward building built back in 1936, they've transformed not only the 5-story building, but also the way theater goers in the Triad view the arts.

Triad Stage Brings 'The Glass Menagerie' To Life In Unique Way

Digtriad.comSeptember 14, 2010

Chances are, you've seen Tennessee Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie' on-stage or on-screen before. But you've probably never seen it done like you will at Triad Stage.

To kick off its 10th season, Triad Stage is taking a unique approach to set design and lighting.

The Appalachians' Rodgers & Hammerstein

GoTriad Greensboro News & RecordJune 3, 2010

Characters and themes in Triad Stage's new play, "Providence Gap," echo the artistic partnership of its creators, playwright Preston Lane and singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett.

Back to Banjos and the Blue Ridge

UNCG Campus WeeklyMay 25, 2010

You’re watching Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” You see a scene of a father finding a lost family member. You’re inspired.

You think, What if if took that and created a musical drama, placing it in the twentieth century?

Former teacher now uses stage to educate

GoTriad Greensboro News & RecordApril 8, 2010

If life's a stage, Cassandra Lowe Williams deserves a Tony Award.

She has been many things to many people -- a mother, teacher, minister, actress, director and friend. And now she's poised to take on yet another role as the legendary Ethel Waters in the upcoming Triad Stage production "Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow" written by Larry Parr.

Recalling Around the World in 80 Days

Creative Loafing CharlotteFebruary 18, 2010

Two of my favorite French-speaking literary characters, Hercule Poirot and Phileas Fogg, have similar personalities, cool and precise to a fault, yet surprisingly quick-witted and quick-acting in a crisis. We can have our fill of Poirot, who appears in no less than 33 Agatha Christie novels, but Fogg (an Englishman who only "spoke" French in the original text) was brought to life once by Jules Verne in 1872. His epic adventures in Around the World in 80 Days are so vast that, after the humongous Hollywood version of 1958, Fogg has largely evaporated from popular culture.

Sod Story: NC Picnic, Opening Sept. 11, Comes Complete With Layer of Grass

Playbill.comSeptember 11, 2009

Theatregoers at Triad Stage's revival of Williams Inge's Picnic, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set over a hot Labor Day weekend, have been getting to their seats by crunching across a carpet of dead sod.

'Picnic' gets a perfect setting: real (dead) grass

GoTriad Greensboro News & RecordSeptember 10, 2009

GREENSBORO — Howard C. Jones designs big dreams.

So when the Triad Stage scenic designer envisioned a lawn for his set of William Inge's drama, "Picnic," he naturally pictured real grass.

But not a lush, plush lawn.

NC's Triad Plans Premiere of Providence Gap, Plus Picnic, Oleanna, 80 Days and More

Playbill.comFebruary 23, 2009

Providence Gap, a home-grown world premiere Appalachian-set saga, will punctuate the 2009-10 MainStage season at Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC.

Intoxicating Don Juan is Silly Summer Theatre

CVNC June 12, 2016

As intoxicating as a Chanel fragrance and as misleading as a retail shopping sale, Don Juan's love may be more powerful than Cupid's…and he works at an Italian restaurant. Triad Stage's Don Juan, adapted and directed by Preston Lane, is a gleefully sidesplitting play. 

Triad Stage presents 'Don Juan'

News & Record June 11, 2016

A funny thing happened on the way to the Pyrle Theater. Seems the director and cast of Triad Stage’s “Don Juan” — Preston Lane, Ali Bieg, Reena Montala, Emery Deen Moon, E. Milton Roe, and Jake Whigboat — were arrested after a production in Siler City and were therefore unable to perform their duties in Greensboro.

Triad Stage presents 'Fences'

News & Record April 17, 2016

“Fences” by August Wilson is a quintessential American play, up there with “Death of a Salesman” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards, it is the jewel in Wilson’s 10-part “Pittsburgh Cycle,” a collection of plays depicting African American life over a century, with most set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh where Wilson was born.

Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett score again with Radiunt Abundunt

Yes! Weekly March 2, 2016

 There are two sides to every story, including the picture behind the painting. When it comes to art, it can be interpreted in so many ways, almost making its storytelling abilities limitless. Exploring the many angles of art, perception, religion and family is the Triad Stage original Radiunt Abundunt, by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett.

Triad Stage presents 'Radiunt Abundunt'

News & Record February 28, 2016

 What is “Radiunt Abundunt”? It is heaven, it is hell; it is angelic, it is demonic; it is sophisticated, it is naïve. And it is an important new work written by Triad Stage founding artistic director Preston Lane and musician collaborator Laurelyn Dossett making its world premiere at Triad Stage

Radiunt Abundunt: A Picture Perfect Meditation on Art February 26, 2016

Triad Stage's world premiere musical Radiunt Abundunt is a rare theatrical event that comes once every decade: a near-religious experience.

Gender-bending NASCAR tale takes a sharp left turn from normal

Triad City Beat February 3, 2016

"You’re the man.”
“No. Trust me. You are the man.”
So goes Vrooommm!: A NASComedy, the new gender-bending offering from Triad Stage directed by David Karl Lee, which opened Jan. 30 to a sold-out crowd. It will close out the company’s Winston-Salem season with a bang (well, several bangs and other assorted loud noises) this week at the Hanesbrands Theatre.

Standing in the track

Yes! Weekly February 3, 2016

Triad Stage hosted its opening-night performance Saturday for the locally written play VROOOMMM! which dips into the world of NASCAR and women’s equality. The evening was certainly an enjoyable one, with clever set and lighting tricks, a high-energy cast, sexual innuendoes...

On and off the track, the action is constant in Triad Stage's Vrooommm!

Winston-Salem Journal February 1, 2016

 Janet Allard’s “Vrooommm!” waved a green flag over a full house at its opening on Friday night. The Hanesbrands Theatre audience was treated to a multi-colored look at what might happen on the track, in the locker room, at the garage and even in a number of karaoke bars when a woman invades the world of male race car drivers.

VROOOMMM! Is A Wildly Entertaining Ride in the Comedy Fast Lane

CNVC January 30, 2016

 Triad Stage's first offering of 2016 is a laugh-out-loud comedy that may, to some, seem a bit ridiculous. Billed as a "NASComedy," VROOOMMM! places six female actors in over 20 different roles – including men and mobster chickens – following the events that occur when female driver Holly "Legs" Nelson (the stunning Eliza Huberth) enters the male-dominated race...and keeps on winning.

Triad Stage's BEAUTIFUL STAR a welcome return

News & RecordDecember 4, 2015

 Beautiful Star is the sublime wrapped in the ridiculous inside the genius that is Preston Lane. And celebrating its 15th year, Triad Stage has become a star in its own right. Be proud, Greensboro. Be so proud.

Deathtrap provides twists and shivers at Triad Stage

Yes! Weekly October 28, 2015

 Successfully scaring someone is a science and an art; it takes a precise manipulation of lighting, sound and suspense to create a feeling of uneasiness. Triad Stage capitalized on all three key components to artfully craft their scare tactic during its opening performance of Deathtrap.

Kindness stronger than wit in bout with life and death

Triad City Beat October 7, 2015

The words of 17th Century poet John Donne are projected onto the main stage, casting the silhouette of a frail and dying Vivian Bearing, who sporadically lectures on the genius of Donne’s metaphysical connection to death. It’s a turning point for Bearing, who’s beginning to understand that the intelligence she’s worn like armor has kept her from embracing life’s lighter and sometimes more meaningful moments. It’s also the moment when Wit, presented by Baptist Hospital, draws the audience’s first tears.

Triad Stage's WIT is intense, full of truth and beauty

Winston-Salem JournalOctober 5, 2015

"It’s an intense, profound story, and Triad Stage’s production is fierce and powerful."

Triad Stage lays bare the lies of wealth and fortune

Triad City Beat September 2, 2015

 The second act of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof bleeds irony. Big Daddy, patriarch of the Pollitt family, revels in the news that he isn’t dying of cancer, a lie his children fed him. With a renewed lust for life, Big Daddy heckles his son Brick about the previous night when his son sprained his ankle, suggesting Brick did so while having sex with a woman. The notion that his son might be gay eludes him.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof delivers fireworks

News & Record August 30, 2015

"Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t cast stones." At least that was the phrase running through my head during Triad Stage’s newest production of Tennessee Williams’ seminal play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which opened Friday night to some of the biggest theatrical fireworks in the Triad since the company’s production of The Glass Menagerie.

At Triad Stage, Common Enemy lightly fictionalizes NCAA scandals at UNC and beyond

Indy WeekJune 24, 2015

 According to Preston Lane, his new play, Common Enemy, is "not about basketball, you understand. Not really." It's an audacious claim. Designer Fred Kinney's basketball-court set at Greensboro's Triad Stage may not be regulation-size—half of it makes a 90-degree turn up the back wall of Pyrle Theater—but the netted hoop and backboard are in the right place. A scoreboard shows a win for the promising, if fictitious, Zebulon Zebras. And characters agonize or gloat over Duke's latest win over UNC as game footage on giant screens lingers on the martyred expression of coach Roy Williams.

An enemy of the b-ball

Triad City Beat June 17, 2015

Common Enemy is and isn’t about basketball. It’s about pride. It’s about integrity. It’s about tradition. But it’s also about the evils of xenophobia, racism and resistance to change. Basketball broke some barriers in North Carolina. But Common Enemy proves even the most revered structures possess insidious motives.

THROUGH 6/28: Shattering Common Enemy Is Hot Triad Ticket

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 16, 2015

With its themes of truth, exposing corruption, and the motivation behind it, Common Enemy is not just an allusion to the title of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. The politics of the play operate like a strategically maneuvered chess game, performed in the vain of a criminal thriller. But the play’s thrills are perhaps most scary for their immediate relevance: college athletics means big money and big politics. Common Enemy is sure to prompt debates and questions from its audiences. It is not very often that a piece of theatre comes along, let alone an original play by the director himself, that says so much about the things we read in the headlines every day. And in addressing such a sacred subject, Common Enemy does justice to the fact that in North Carolina there is much more to basketball than sport.

‘Abundance’ proves dark, funny

Winston-Salem JournalMay 14, 2015

 All of us are prey to illusion, delusion and disillusionment, and none of us knows what turns our lives will take or how graciously — or resentfully — we will weather them. Like life, Abundance is sad, humorous and hopeful, sometimes dark and difficult but, ultimately, worth the effort.

CCD Review - Triad Stage's Abundance

Camel City DispatchMay 13, 2015

 Landscape is normally the domain of the painter, the photographer, or the filmmaker. Theater is often a venue reserved for smaller narratives that unfold with a direct intimacy between viewer and the performers. Triad Stage’s new production of Abundance completely shatters both of those conventions giving the audience a distinct impression of the epic landscapes of the American West, while at the same time telling a story as intimate as a campfire chat.

THROUGH 5/17: Abundance: Triad Stage's Sleeper Hit of the 2014-15 Season

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMay 9, 2015

The production plays like a good opera, with all elements working together in harmony and every aspect playing to its full potential... Triad Stage has given us one of the year's unexpected delights.

Review – Mankind is My Business – Triad Stage’s “A Christmas Carol”

Camel City DispatchDecember 14, 2014

 The cast is pitch perfect, the sets are stunning and inventive, and the multi-media presentation dazzles in what has to be one of the best gifts any theater company has given the people of Winston-Salem this or any year.

Victorian, yet modern "Christmas Carol" production strikes clever balance

Winston-Salem Journal / RelishDecember 7, 2014

It’s not easy to stage a holiday classic like A Christmas Carol. There’s a balance to be maintained. You want it to be fresh and interesting enough to entertain the adults who bring their children to see the play year after year, but if you change it too much, you risk alienating the audience members who enjoy a more traditional presentation. Triad Stage has struck just the right note with its rendition of Charles Dickens’ tale of transformation. Preston Lane ’s brisk adaptation, directed by Bryan Conger, keeps the action in Victorian England, but there are enough surprises and clever stylistic touches to give the production an edgy, modern feel.

THROUGH 12/21: Triad Stage's A Christmas Carol Illuminates the Sentiments of the Season

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 7, 2014

 Ironic as it may be, nothing says Christmas more than bah humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge’s notorious term for holiday “endearment.” Therefore, Triad Stage’s fifth annual production of A Christmas Carol, performing at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, is the tradition waited for all year.

Snow Queen hits the season trifecta

News & Record December 2, 2014

There is a profound trichotomy at play in the production that aids its theatrical effectiveness. The merging of music, text and visual stimuli work in unison to achieve a richness and complexity often unreached when retelling folklore for the main stage. Dossett’s beautiful musical arrangements — perfectly executed by musicians Scott Manring, Faye Petree and Ben Singer — are without question treasures not only in terms of the play itself, but also in the overarching arena of folk music as a whole. The music alone is incentive enough to fill the audience seats.

Tween angst in the South a puzzler for Triad Stage

Triad City BeatOctober 29, 2014

As the title suggests, Frankie wants more than anything to be a member of the wedding between her brother Jarvis and his fiancé Janis. After being smitten by the outward signs of their love, Frankie concocts a fantasy in which she is a part of the newlywed couple’s life. She wants to be married to them, to go with them wherever their road takes them. Noting that the couple’s names both start with the same letters, Frankie starts calling herself “Jasmine” in a running gag that actor Erin Schmidt plays to solid effect.

A Most Welcome 'Member of the Wedding'

News & Record / Go TriadOctober 26, 2014

 [Cassandra Lowe] Williams’ performance is endearing, heartbreaking and even at times comical, as she alone negotiates the emotional chaos of the characters around her. It is no easy feat for an actor to convey strength and vulnerability, dominance while being socially oppressed and humor in the face of despondency. Williams delivers all with poise and presence.

'Lintel' touches on sensitive questions

Winston-Salem Journal September 22, 2014

To say that all of this is in the hands of one actress is a staggering proposition, but in the hands of Goehring, the journey is joyous, determined, heartbreaking, humorous, at times angry, and, ultimately, satisfying. 

Step Lively

YES! WeeklySeptember 10, 2014

A hilarious romp through a spy novel, THE 39 STEPSdirected by Jen Wineman, combines a light plot of murderous mystery with the creativity of improv and the oh-so-appreciated “simple” humor of an “SNL” skit.

A comedic Hitchcock tribute comes to Triad Stage

Triad City Beat September 10, 2014

 The cast in the Triad Stage production of THE 39 STEPS, under the direction of Jen Wineman, pulled off the gambit with tight precision and rollicking interpersonal chemistry during the Sept. 5 premiere in Greensboro, which also inaugurated the theater’s 2014-15 season.

Triad Stage opens its season with thrills and laughter

News & Record September 7, 2014

If Triad Stage’s THE 39 STEPS is any indication of what the company has in store for audiences this season, then the triad must brace itself for brilliance.

Theatre Review: "The 39 Steps"

From the Front Row September 7, 2014

Featuring four actors, 150 characters, and lots of hilarity, THE 39 STEPS is a high energy farce that will keep audiences in stitches from beginning to end.

Triad Stage Closes Its 13th Season with All's Well that Ends Well

CVNCJune 13, 2014

The audience was able to lose its awareness of watching a Shakespeare production, and for a moment be immersed in something genuine, palpable, and uncalculated. Therein lies the difference between simply observing theater and experiencing it.

THROUGH 5/25: Triad Stage's Brother Wolf Is a Journey of the Soul

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMay 9, 2014

"Triad Stage’s production of Brother Wolf is profound in the most universal way."

Review- Brother Wolf Offers Forgiveness for Dread and Terror

Camel City DispatchMay 9, 2014

Brother Wolf is a tremendous achievement in live theater. From the soaring poetry of its language to the subtle grace of the music, The Triad Stage’s second production of Lane’s work does not disappoint in any way. Engaging the intellect and the soul, Brother Wolf is both timely and timeless, and a solid reminder that even in the darkness of our mysterious and primordial past, to be human is to share stories.

Brother Wolf Starts Strong

Winston-Salem JournalMay 9, 2014

 Brother Wolf is engrossing, thought-provoking, magical and just plain fun.

Country Sass

Yes! WeeklyApril 13, 2014

Country music isn’t just about a sad story, or even about the acoustic guitars. It’s also about big hair, Southern twangs, sassy confidence and a whole lot of love—the great big, small-town kind of love. And that’s just what Triad Stage’s performance of Pump Boys and Dinettes delivered...

THROUGH 5/4: Triad Stage's Pump Boys and Dinettes

Classical Voice of North CarolinaApril 11, 2014

The only thing better than enjoying a homemade slice of pie while filling up your car's gas tank is being able to do both to the sounds of good music. Triad Stage's production of Pump Boys and Dinettes is a toe tapping, knee slapping, fish frying goodtime!

Triad Stage triumphs with Anna Christie

Roch 101 February 19, 2014

It would be easy to take the serious themes of Anna Chrsitie and sink a production into one-dimensional gloom. Under Preston Lane's able direction, however, the play succeeds brilliantly at reaching the depths of existential angst while bobbing back up to moments of glimmering hope and twinkles of love. This beautiful interplay has us wondering until the very end if we are in for a tragic or uplifting story.

Review -- Rothko's Eternal Argument -- RED at the Hanesbrands Theater

Camel City DispatchFebruary 15, 2014

 What director West and his team have brought to us with RED is fine craft and intellectually complex. What we take away as an audience is up to us… and that is exactly how Mark Rothko would want it to be. Who needs certainty and rote explanation? That would be boring. Life is about mystery, life is about fear, life is about beauty, and in the end life is exactly what we struggle to make of it.

THROUGH 2/23: Triad Stage's RED Paints a Vibrant Portrait of Artist Mark Rothko

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 15, 2014

Both actors personified the foremost doctrine of Mark Rothko’s use of contrasting shapes and colors. What he conveyed through abstract expressionism, this production did with theatre. There was the new slowly dethroning the old, and Light being chased out by Darkness.

THROUGH 3/2: Triad Stage Sets Sail with Eugene O'Neill's Award-Winning Classic Anna Christie

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 14, 2014

 Amid the search of harbor lights, buoyed on waves, and pulled by a current, the truth refuses to stay adrift. Inevitably, the past always tends to wash ashore. Fortunately for theatergoers, Triad Stage’s remarkable production of Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie proves that the past is rich with theatrical gems!

THROUGH 12/22: Triad Stage Offers Appalachian Magic for the Classic Fairy Tale Snow Queen

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 6, 2013

Just over yonder, high on a mountainous peak, an icy wind scolds and snowflakes menace. Winter’s approach is threatening, and just as the old adage proclaims, the cold can indeed be bitter (in more ways than one). Fortunately for theatergoers, Triad Stage combats the chill with warmth and enchantment in the fancifully re-imagined production of Snow Queen.

The Mountaintop envisions the last hours of Martin Luther King

Indy WeekSeptember 25, 2013

 But when a rescue's taking place in an accounting of a life, it's usually important to determine what the writer believed was in need of rescue, and why. That's one of the questions still haunting me after Saturday night's premiere of The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall's imaginative and controversial account of Martin Luther King's last night alive.

THE MOUNTAINTOP Puts a Cultural Icon in a New Light

Broadway WorldSeptember 24, 2013

A rainy Saturday evening in Chapel Hill was fitting for the opening night of PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of The Mountaintop, produced in partnership with Greensboro's Triad Stage. The play, written by Katori Hall, also takes place on a rainy evening - a fateful one: April 3, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. It was the night before Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot, and it follows the man through his final evening, which was spent in his hotel room. Hall mixes historical reality with playful conjecture to create a piece which is heartwarming and thought-provoking.

'Mountaintop' is engaging, surprising

News & ObserverSeptember 23, 2013

 Plays about historical figures often portray their subjects as glorified symbols, but Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop humanizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with fears and foibles, humor and hubris.

THROUGH 9/29: Triad Stage Kicks off Its 13th Season with the Classic WAIT UNTIL DARK

Classical Voice of North CarolinaSeptember 6, 2013

"It is a testament of the brilliance of theatre when the spectators can be overcome with adrenaline and anticipation as it is with Triad Stage’s Wait Until Dark. If you are ready for a gripping rollercoaster of classic suspense, contrary to the name, you are urged not to wait!"

Theatre Review | "Wait Until Dark" @ Triad Stage

From the Front RowSeptember 6, 2013

 Whereas most theatrical productions emphasize what you see, Wait Until Dark often deprives us of that which we often take for granted, giving the audience a wholly unique and terrifying makes for some truly thrilling theatre.

THROUGH 6/30: Triad Stage Closes Its Season with a Playboy and Triumph!

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 14, 2013

The Triad Stage’s debut production of Tennessee Playboy triumphs with achievements on every theatrical level. From the text, cast, and production team, this is theatre functioning at its finest. For any regional theater fortunate enough to celebrate its 12th season, I can think of no better conclusion than the swig of moonshine, jukebox dance, and tearful laughter that is Tennessee Playboy.

Theatre Review | "My Fair Lady" at Triad Stage

From the Front RowApril 16, 2013

Watching the new production at Greensboro's Triad Stage, however, one might easily forget having ever seen the Academy Award winning film version, as each player slips seamlessly into the iconic roles, making them wholly and completely their own.

THROUGH 5/5: My Fair Lady Shines at Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaApril 12, 2013

 We’ve grown accustomed to the sublime audacity of Triad Stage, pushing boundaries, testing waters, and forging paths in regional theatre. A small theatre doesn’t win national awards by playing it safe. So, being that My Fair Lady is arguably one of the most beloved American musicals ever, why not go for it? Triad Stage decided it must and audiences will be enthralled with the result.

Triad Stage's Reverse Psychology Is A Hilarious Farce

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMarch 14, 2013

 In a quaint cabaret-style room upstairs from Triad Stage’s mainstage theater, the lights went up on two characters lip-locked in a fit of farcical passion, fairly indicative of how the rest of Reverse Psychology would unfold.

Kingdom of Earth at Triad Stage

From the Front RowFebruary 18, 2013

"In Kingdom of Earth, they deliver a refined mint julep of a production with a decidedly sharp twist."

Kingdom of Earth comes to Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 15, 2013

Play: a largely ignored work of an American master. Director: one of the gutsiest risk-takers in American regional theatre today. Actors: three Triad Stage newcomers who stir things up a bit. Such are the makings of Kingdom of Earth, the latest Triad Stage production.

Triad Stage Honors Dickens and the Holiday Spirit with A Christmas Carol

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 7, 2012

 Triad Stage’s A Christmas Carol is something for which Greensboro should be proud.  It has taken its place among the city’s most beloved traditions.  Any reviewer knows that the most authentic reactions are those of the people who sit around her, and this day, as people stood to leave, a woman behind me exclaimed, wide-eyed, and obviously stirred, “That is the best production I ever saw, and I’ve seen it in Dallas and Houston . . . It was fabulous!”

Triad Stage Takes Audiences on an Imaginative Journey in Shipwrecked!

Classical Voice of North CarolinaOctober 19, 2012

And indeed, it has all the trappings of a Jules-Verne-style read: you are captured, enraptured, and swept away in a whirlpool of excitement, trepidation, and laughter.

A Spellbinding 'Illusion' at Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 15, 2012


The Illusion is a play about theatre, and no better way to end Triad Stage’s award-winning 11th season.

Billed as a comic fantasy, Tony Kushner’s adaptation of The Illusion (based on French playwright Pierre Corneille’s 1636 work, L'Illusion comique) brings all of Triad Stage's collective talents to the fore, and they are, as usual, astounding. Comical, eye-popping, and mesmerizing, it ties the season up in an anything-but-neat package, but one that is a delight to unwrap.

At Triad Stage: Ain't Misbehavin'

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMay 4, 2012

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance in all its smoky, steamy, richly creative splendor, then you must experience Triad Stage's Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical Show.

At Triad Stage: tick, tick ... BOOM!

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMarch 16, 2012

Directed by Bryan Conger, Triad Stage artistic associate, tick, tick … BOOM! is yet another indication that a production in a small venue can be one of the hottest tickets around, in this case, a contained explosion of acting and music.

A revival of Reynolds Price's New Music in Greensboro

Indy WeekFebruary 29, 2012

Price's vigorous, vivid writing takes us on quite a journey and this production proves something I've known from long experience: The night skies aren't empty above small towns. Neither are the people who live in them. New Musicprovides a nuanced, vibrant reminder.

A Masterpiece, Southern-style

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 25, 2012

 How does one describe a Southern masterpiece? Amazing, stunning, profound…; even the strongest superlatives seem insufficient when speaking of Triad Stage's latest production, Reynolds Price's New Music. You haven't seen anything remotely like New Music anywhere this season, and you won't unless you get yourself to Greensboro's Triad Stage.New Music breaks ground, celebrates a master of Southern literature and, perhaps even more important in the long run, redefines modern regional theatre.

Review : The Santaland Diaries at Triad Stage

The Theatrical Scot's Piedmont Triad Theatre GuideDecember 6, 2011

David Sedaris' caustically witty reminiscences of being employed as a Macy's elf is the perfect antidote to the saccharine sweetness of the season.  Here is a chance, just for ninety minutes or so, to let out just enough of your inner Scrooge to survive all the coming love and joy!

Triad Stage Gets Its "Humbug" On

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 2, 2011

On opening night of A Christmas Carol, a theatre-goer was overheard to say, “The season has not started until I come down here and see this.” Wait a minute! This is only the second year of Preston Lane’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Already a tradition? So it would seem. Yes, A Christmas Carol is back at Triad Stage, and with it comes all the wonderful effects, wacky characters, seasonal sentiment, and spectacular staging, all tied up in a sparkling – and spooky –package.

Come into the house. A Doll House, that is, Triad Stage's latest production in its 11th season.

Classical Voice of North CarolinaOctober 21, 2011

 Edgy, raw, and riveting, Preston Lane's adaptation of Henrick Ibsen's A Doll House is a must for students of classic theatre, a thrill for Triad Stage fans, and a compelling installation for contemporary art lovers. As anyone who has watched an adaptation of a century-plus-old work knows, these productions can vary wildly from the originals. In A Doll House, Lane shows us Ibsen through a soft filter of time, which seems to only intensify the play's timelessness and the message Ibsen threw in the face of Victorian mores.

Kicking Off Its 11th Season, Triad Stage Has a Hard Act to Follow: Itself

Classical Voice of North CarolinaSeptember 9, 2011

 In its 10th season, Triad Stage was designated as one of the nation's top ten most promising regional theatres by the American Theatre Wing (founder of the Tony Awards). When you're at the top, where is there to go? Nowhere but up, apparently. In Dial "M" for Murder, Triad Stage's 11th season premiere, director Preston Lane brings audiences a first-class product : a pinch of Hitchcock, a smattering of Broadway, a touch of the London stage. Watching this thriller is a thrill in itself and should not be missed, no matter what theatrical genre you subscribe to.

Masquerade - a Feast for Eyes & Ears at Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 11, 2011

If you miss Masquerade, Triad Stage's 10th season finale, you will miss what is surely one of the most riotous and ribald productions in this theatre company's history. Sure, it's a theatrical celebration, but it's also a straight-up rave commemorating everything Triad Stage has accomplished in its decade of existence.

Sweet, Intoxicating Steel Magnolias at Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaApril 15, 2011

It hardly seems possible that Magnolias is now a "period" piece, but it has, after all, been some 24 years since the play, almost instantly made into a movie starring Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, et al., flowed from the pen of Nachitoches, La., native Robert Harling.

Taking the Last Train at Triad Stage

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 23, 2011

The challenge in a minimalist play is to give a feeling of richness and depth, even though there might be few characters and relatively little scenic or costume design.

To stage such a production takes faith in cast, crew and audience, and Preston Lane takes that leap once again in The Sunset Limited, a one-act, one-scene play by Cormac McCarthy, and the fourth show in Triad Stage' s 10th season.

Who wins in a battle of hope and despair?

Yes! WeeklyFebruary 23, 2011

As a play driven by dialogue rather than action, The Sunset Limited lives up to creator Cormac McCarthy’s description of “a novel in dramatic form.” And no dialogue is more dramatic than his characters’ discussion of life and death, and ultimately hope and despair.

For the First of Several Times, A'Caroling We Shall Go

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 3, 2010

Perhaps no performance is more closely associated with the season than this. Thus, welcoming another voice to the chorus almost seems redundant.

Unless it's a production of Triad Stage, newly christened as one of the top ten new theatres in the country. Add, on top of that, award-winning director Preston Lane's confession that this is his all-time favorite story – in his words, "a central myth in the Western world."

Triad Stage's Educating Rita Raises Some Interesting Questions

Triangle Arts and EntertainmentOctober 27, 2010

At the heart of Educating Rita, playing now at Triad Stage in Greensboro, lies an unlikely relationship between a naïve but desperate-to-learn young coed, Rita (Lori Prince), and her bitter, hard-drinking tutor, Frank (Dennis Parlato). The comedic yet thought-provoking show carefully explores the true meaning of “education,” what we sacrifice during the learning process, and the bonds that can be forged in the most unlikely of places.

Educating Rita Wows Bibliophiles and Biblio-phobes Alike

Classical Voice of North CarolinaOctober 22, 2010

Intellectual awakening, much like a little knowledge, can be a dangerous thing. It can interfere with politics, social mores, and, especially where beautiful young women are concerned, personal relationships.

Educating Rita, first staged in 1980, explores this topic in a comedy with tragic undertones. Triad Stage brings one of the motherland’s most successful modern works to its stage at a moment when the theatre company itself is reaching full bloom.

An amazing fusion of theater, film and video: Triad Stage's THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Indyweek.comSeptember 26, 2010

Here’s a question for long-time theater buffs: What if Tom Wingfield, Tennessee Williams’ pseudonymous narrator in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, had gone on to be a filmmaker instead of a writer—one whose ghostly, black and white footage from his memories keeps shifting between a profound sense of intimacy and a much cooler reserve?

Triad Stage presents 'The Glass Menagerie' unlike any other

Jamestown NewsSeptember 15, 2010

Triad Stage kicked off its 10th season on September 10 with an unforgettable opening night performance of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The 1944 play lives in a world of memory - making both its content and style a complex and daunting play to produce. However, artistic director Preston Lane rose to the challenge, and presented a play straying from popular realistic portrayals and truly paying homage to the playwright's original vision.

Triad Stage Puts a New Spin on "The Glass Menagerie"

Triangle Arts and EntertainmentSeptember 14, 2010

The Tennessee Williams classic, The Glass Menagerie, is a play that has been done to death. However, the Triad Stage production brings it to a whole new glittering life. This sensational production, which opened on Sunday, Sept. 5th, twists and warps the classic in a truly amazing wa

Providence Gap: An Appalachian Saga at Triad Stage

Carolina Production JournalJuly 1, 2010

It all began with a scene from Shakespeare – an estranged father encounters his now grown up daughter in a brothel and fails to recognize her. The scene is from “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.” Preston Lane, the artistic director of Greensboro’s Triad Stage, fascinated by the powerful simplicity of this classical tragicomedy, wondered what it would look like if something like that were to happen here in America. This is how the adventure of “Providence Gap” started and how the characters of Chance and his daughter Lucky were created.

“Providence Gap” is a big story in all senses of the word. “Small theme plays take a lot of place in American theatre,” said Lane.

Triad Stage's World Premiere of Providence Gap Is One Musical, Mystical, Miraculous Play

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 11, 2010

There are spirits in this place. The place is the Pyrle Theatre in downtown Greensboro. The spirits are part of Triad Stage’s newest production, the world premiere of Providence Gap. They drift down a mountain hollow, rustle the treetops, and rush like a brook from scene to scene.

Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow

Classical Voice of North CarolinaApril 18, 2010

For millions who watched the Billy Graham Crusades, the name Ethel Waters is familiar as one of Graham’s most faithful comrades, a woman so close to Graham that she called him her son. “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” sung in her throaty contralto, became the African-American singer’s theme and as much defined her as did George Beverly Shea’s “How Great Thou Art.” Her beatific smile and powerful stage presence established her as a woman who was close to God.

But as Triad Stage’s Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow shows us, Ethel Waters’ life was far more complex than the TV/gospel image. Ethel Waters, directed by Donna Baldwin-Bradby, shows us that complex life. And it’s a production that will entertain you, enlighten you, and inspire you.

Preston Lane Takes Triad Stage Patrons on a Remarkable Trip Around the World in 80 Days

Classical Voice of North CarolinaFebruary 14, 2010

What could be more staid than the Victorian stage? Heavily draped curtains, overdone fringe, portraits of pompous dignitaries, painstakingly painted backdrops.

Enter Preston Lane.

Thanks to Triad Stage’s co-founder and artistic director, chaos erupts within this stuffy Victorian setting, and the theater’s audiences are whisked away on a rollicking whirlwind tour: Around the World in 80 Days, adapted from the 19th century Jules Verne adventure novel by Mark Brown.

Triad Stage's Beautiful Star Tells an Appalachian Nativity Story

Classical Voice of North CarolinaDecember 4, 2009

For many years, the little country church I grew up in had a Christmas Eve play, and it was the highlight of the year. I can look back and mark my growth through the parts I played, and watching Triad Stage’s Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity was like revisiting those years.

In penning Beautiful Star, Triad Stage director Preston Lane harks back to his own experiences with Christmas plays, particularly his own Aunt Shirley’s, performed by friends and relatives in her basement. So, this is a forum with which he’s familiar; but as we’ve come to expect from Lane, it’s so much more than a one-dimensional story of the Nativity.

Triad Stage's SantaLand Diaries offers holiday satire at its finest

Yes! WeeklyNovember 25, 2009

Triad Stage’s production of SantaLand Diaries remains true to the spirit of the manner in which Sedaris created the work. Legend has it that Sedaris was discovered in a Chicago nightclub by radio host Ira Glass while sharing entries from his personal diary onstage. Jim Moscaster, who does a marvelous job playing David, the out-ofwork actor who dons the role of Crumpet the Macy’s department-store elf, engages the audience in the UpStage Cabaret venue of Triad Stage as if he is doing just what Sedaris did 20 years ago in Chicago.

Triad Stage's 'Oleanna' does justice to Mamet's vision

Yes! WeeklyOctober 28, 2009

The tile-covered walls deep inside Triad Stage reverberated with the voices of men who had been unnerved by what they had just witnessed. Opening night of David Mamet’s Oleanna sparked a vigorous postmortem in the men’s room.

Triad Stage's Oleanna Is an Eyebrow-Raising He Said, She Said

Classical Voice of North CarolinaOctober 25, 2009

A theater, like a symphony, needs to take on intellectually challenging projects, as much for its audiences as itself, if it exists truly for the edification of the community. Triad Stage’s latest production, Oleanna, written by David Mamet, is one of those productions.

There is no “easy button” for Oleanna. What you expect to happen doesn’t happen. What you never expect to happen happens. That makes for a very off-balance, taken-aback audience, which was no doubt Mamet’s — and Triad Stage director Preston Lane’s — intention.

Picnic at Triad Stage is a Triumph

Theatre North CarolinaSeptember 15, 2009

I'm sorry to say that I was not familiar with William Inge's masterpiece PICNIC. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the opening night performance of Triad Stage's production of this "summer romance".

Triad Stage's Picnic Is a Superb Rendition of a Theater Classic

Classical Voice of North CarolinaSeptember 11, 2009

Staging a period production is always a challenge: modernizing it inflicts change, and audiences don’t always like change; keeping the integrity of the era in which it was written runs the risk of seeming old-fashioned and stilted.

Triad Stage’s Picnic manages to overcome both challenges: while keeping the feel and face of the 1950s, when William Inge wrote the play, Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane has made the show as fresh and titillating as a work wet off the press.

PICNIC: Triad Stage Kicks Off New Season!

Community Arts Cafe: Greensboro EditionSeptember 11, 2009

Triad Stage has opened their “Season Together” with a winner! Their production of William Inge’s “Picnic” was energetic and moving, comedic and heartbreaking, much like the human condition.

Triad Stage's Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite Is a Riotous Blast from the Past

Classical Voice of North CarolinaJune 14, 2009

Any way you translate it, Triad Stage’s Tartuffe, or the Hypocrite is a riotous blast from the past. Who’d have thought a 300-year-old play, a French one at that, could feel so fresh and sharp? If you’re expecting a throwback to 17th century France, when the play was written, get over it. This is French playwright Molière, himself a 17th-century version of a stand-up comic, molded into Steve Martin.

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead at Triad Stage Takes Wing in the Second Act

Classical Voice of North CarolinaMay 3, 2009

The title The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, aptly describes the three main characters in Triad Stage’s current production of Australian playwright Robert Hewett’s 2004 one-woman show. They include the spurned middle-aged wife Rhonda Russell, a redhead incited to a murderous rage by her brunette neighbor and best friend Lynette, who cruelly clues in the clueless Rhonda that her husband Graham is a notorious horndog who is currently having a not-so-secret affair with a young blonde Russian beauty named Tanya, who works in a discount jewelry store at a nearby mall.

Triad Stage nears end of 15th Season with big successes

June 21, 2016

Triad Stage presents a World Premiere adaptation of DON JUAN

May 19, 2016

Triad Stage presents American Classic FENCES

March 14, 2016

UNCG and Triad Stage Announce Expanded Partnership

February 16, 2016

Triad Stage Examines Meaning of Art and Family in RADIUNT ABUNDUNT

February 3, 2016

World Premiere drama brings folk art from mountains to stage

January 26, 2016

Triad Stage brings racing to Winston-Salem stage with VROOOMMM!

January 21, 2016

North Carolina College Athletics closes Triad Stage's 14th Season

May 19, 2015

BROTHER WOLF brings an Appalachian folklore adventure to Winston-Salem

April 22, 2014

Written and directed by Preston Lane, with original music and musical direction by Laurelyn Dossett, BROTHER WOLF is set in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, where good and evil are in constant struggle.

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Brings Foot-Stompin' Fun to Downtown Greensboro

March 18, 2014

Directed by Bryan Conger, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is part variety show, part musical, part revue, part concert and all very much rooted in North Carolina.

A Compelling Portrait of the Artist Mark Rothko Takes the Stage at Hanesbrands Theatre

January 28, 2014

Triad Stage’s inaugural season in Winston-Salem continues with RED, John Logan’s compelling portrait of artist Mark Rothko at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem, directed by Jeffery West.

Triad Stage Sets to Sea with ANNA CHRISTIE

January 21, 2014

Triad Stage’s Lucky Season continues with ANNA CHRISTIE by Eugene O’Neill. The first great American play by America’s only Nobel Prize-winning playwright is an astonishing love story played out against the tempestuous sea.

Charles Dickens' Ghostly Tale Premieres in Winston-Salem

November 20, 2013

In true Triad Stage fashion, this faithful adaptation of Dickens’ classic story dazzles and delights with bold acting, daring design and spine-tingling special effects. This brand new production is a ghostly tale of Yuletide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family.

Triad Stage welcomes winter with Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett's SNOW QUEEN

November 12, 2013

Inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, this world premiere adventure for audiences of all ages transports the story to the highest peaks of the Blue Ridge. From the creators of BROTHER WOLF, BEAUTIFUL STAR, BLOODY BLACKBEARD and PROVIDENCE GAP, SNOW QUEEN weaves music, magic and make believe to celebrate the courage of a brave young girl.

Award-Winning Regional Theater Lives Up to Name With Added Winston-Salem Programming

October 22, 2013

With significant support form The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Triad Stage, the professional not-for-profit regional theater in downtown Greensboro, announced a major expansion of programming with three new productions produced at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.

Triad Stage Opens The Lucky Season with WAIT UNTIL DARK

August 15, 2013

Triad Stage’s 13th season kicks off with an extended run of Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, directed by Preston Lane.


June 27, 2013