Triad Stage

Tennessee Playboy

Tennessee Playboy

by Preston Lane

A Redneck Romance
written and directed by Preston Lane
freely adapted from J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World

Everyone loves a bad boy.

It’s just another rainy night at a 24-hour truck stop in East Tennessee when a stranger staggers in with a shocking tale of a murder most foul. He killed his father, he claims—knocked him over the head and left him for dead. Desperate, Chuck Macadie begs for a place to hide. His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as a hero. But his fortunes change when an unexpected visitor suddenly appears. This world-premiere adaptation is a celebration of first love, tall tales and second chances.

Presented as part of Triad Stage and UNCG's annual THTR 232 festival.

Sponsored by: 
Lorillard, Inc.

With additional support from : 
American Express
Banyan Consulting Group
Volvo Financial Services

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Pearlene Dunbar
Dierdre Friel
Stanley Kincade
Aaron Brakefield
Mitch Dunbar
Carroll "Chip" Johnson
Preacher Jimmy Stykes
Bill Cwikowski
Chuck MacAdie
James Kautz
Widow Quince
Denise Lute
Margie Pentland
Amy Hamel
Inell Trotter
Jami Witt
Ferlin MacAdie
Bill Raulerson

Creative Team

Preston Lane
Scenic Designer
Fred Kinney
Costume Designer
Deborah Bell
Lighting Designer
Jiyoun Chang
Sound Designer
David E. Smith
Resident Vocal Coach
Christine Morris
Bryan Conger
Resident Movement Director
Denise Gabriel
Fight Director
Jim Wren
Casting Director
Cindi Rush, C.S.A.
Stage Manager
Emily J. Mails


Triad Stage - Pictured (left to right): James Kautz, Dierdre Friel, Bill Cwikowski and Carroll “Chip” Johnson. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Triad Stage - Pictured (left to right): Dierdre Friel, Denise Lute and James Kautz. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Triad Stage - 8.	Pictured (top to bottom): Jami Witt and Amy Hamel. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Triad Stage - 11.	Pictured (left to right): Amy Hamel, Denise Lute, James Kautz and Jami Witt. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Triad Stage - 17.	Pictured (left to right): Carroll “Chip” Johnson, Denise Lute, Bill Raulerson and Bill Cwikowski. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Triad Stage - Pictured (left to right): Denise Lute, Dierdre Friel, James Kautz, Amy Hamel and Jami Witt. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers

Triad Stage - Pictured (left to right): Denise Lute, Dierdre Friel, James Kautz, Jami Witt and Amy Hamel. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers


Take a look at Tennessee Playboy including interviews with Preston Lane and actresses Dierdre Friel, Amy Hamel and Jami Witt

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.

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.

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.”