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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.'"
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.
Triad Stage BlogAugust 17, 2015
We're thrilled to welcome back Thomas Keith! Click the link to read more.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
WXII 12October 22, 2013
News & RecordOctober 17, 2013
For 90 minutes straight, six days a week, Cedric Mays becomes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?”
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
WUNC "The State of ThingsJune 6, 2013
Host Frank Stasio talks to Preston Lane about his original adaptation and the cast performs a scene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Playbill.comFebruary 15, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-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.
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.
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."
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 http://triadstage.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
YES! WeeklySeptember 10, 2014
A hilarious romp through a spy novel, THE 39 STEPS, directed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Classical Voice of North CarolinaMay 9, 2014
"Triad Stage’s production of Brother Wolf is profound in the most universal way."
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.
Winston-Salem JournalMay 9, 2014
Brother Wolf is engrossing, thought-provoking, magical and just plain fun.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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 experience...it makes for some truly thrilling theatre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the Front RowFebruary 18, 2013
"In Kingdom of Earth, they deliver a refined mint julep of a production with a decidedly sharp twist."
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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