Triad Stage

Actions and Objectives

April 2 - April 23, 2017


Sun, Apr 27:30pm
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Tue, Apr 47:30pm
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Sun, Apr 92:00pm7:30pm
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Actions and Objectives

By Preston Lane

Just when things had seemed to calm down in Hawboro after the recent unpleasantness concerning the Zebulon Zebras, a new theater company announces plans to develop a play to celebrate the town’s sesquicentennial. As they probe the official story and rehearse the drama, the contemporary concerns of the artists and the community begin to parallel the struggles of the city’s first citizens. From Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, the line between the present and past, rehearsal and reality begins to blur as new truths emerge and tempers flare. In the tradition of Common Enemy, this world premiere drama returns Triad audiences to the town of Hawboro for a bold exploration of the contemporary South. Contains adult language and themes.


Inside Scoop – Monday, March 27 @ 6pm | UpStage Cabaret
An ice cream sundae bar and an inside look at this World Premiere production.

First Friday reception – Friday, April 7 @ 6pm | International Civil Rights Center and Museum
An Opening Night pre-show reception.

Southern Stories – Monday, April 17 @ 7pm | UpStage Cabaret
A night of true stories about the modern South.

A Conversation with Preston Lane – Thursday, April 20 @ 5pm | Scuppernong Books
A discussion on playwrighting and Actions and Objectives.

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“Every North Carolinian needs to see this play.”

Amy, Social Media


Quadell McCullom
Josh C. Anderson
Alex Lancaster
Aidan Armstrong
Addie Hargrave/Cora
Aundria Brown
Emmalin Barriteau
Neila K. Ettienne
Beverly Powers
Jannie Jones
Sterling Lancaster
Colin Key
Sharon Harmon
Lisa Kitchens
Dr. Mildred Grant
Christine Morris
Calinda Witt
Sarah Palm
Meadow Walters
Claire Richardson
Lynzie Hewitt
Josie Smith
Eleanor Blessing
Cinny Strickland
Kaelyn Saddler
Bryanna E. Vinge
Carl Pickler
Zachary Vinge

Creative Team

Scenic and Projections Designer
Nicholas Hussong
Costume Designer
Deborah Bell
Sound Designer
Elisheba Ittoop
Resident Movement Coach
Denise Gabriel
Resident Vocal Coach
Christine Morris
Casting Director
Cindi Rush
Stage Manager
Emily J. Mails
InSight Speaker
Dr. Cynthia R. Greenlee

Photos Actions and Objectives

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News & Reviews Actions and Objectives


Allen Johnson: 'Actions and Objectives': Wish you were there
News & Record
April 24, 2017

Preston Lane’s newest play, “Actions and Objectives,” may be based in the fictional town of “Hawboro, N.C.”But with its debates over Confederate memorials and the fictionalization of the Civil War, it could be Reidsville. With the woes that it depicts in a town whose economy is struggling to regain its footing after the decline of a bedrock industry it could be Eden or High Point or Kannapolis. With its reference to the fallout over the mixed legacy of Gov. Charles Aycock, it could be Greensboro.

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A Review on Preston Lane’s “Actions and Objectives”
The Carolinian
April 13, 2017

The world premiere of Preston Lane’s “Actions and Objectives” took place at the Triad Stage this past weekend. On Friday, April 7, a cast of fifteen actors and seven creative team staff members came together to help perform an unrestrained political play within a play about the contemporary South. “Actions and Objectives” takes the setting of the fictionalized Hawboro, a repeat of three of Lane’s other plays including “Providence Gap,”  “Common Enemy” and “Radiant Abundant.” Hawboro, is a small Southern town situated in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina that was finally in a state of tranquility after the recent debacles with the Zebulon Zebras in Lane’s play “Common Enemy.”

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Theater review: Triad Stage presents 'Actions and Objectives'
News & Record
April 9, 2017

In the director’s notes from his new play, “Actions and Objectives,” Preston Lane observes, “A writer writes from what (he knows).” Right away, you know this play from the prolific Lane is his perspective of race, relationships, power structure, of events current and past, and truth. But Lane is also a teacher and was 2016 artist-in-residence at UNC-Greensboro. Writers write; teachers teach; and when you’re both, you find a way to combine the two.

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New Drama Highlights Race Relations and Other Social Issues
Spectrum News
April 8, 2017

The world premiere of a play in Greensboro Friday shines a light on race relations and other hot button topics. 

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A role for him
The Times-News
April 6, 2017

There aren’t many 11-year-olds who can say that a playwright wrote a part specifically for them. But Aidan Armstrong can. Preston Lane, a playwright and Triad Stage artistic director, originally didn’t have a child’s role in his latest production, “Actions and Objectives,” but he created one specifically for Armstrong.

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Triad Stage explores history’s tough lessons in “Actions and Objectives”
News & Record
March 30, 2017

William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Such is the case in the fictional North Carolina town of Hawboro, setting of Triad Stage’s latest original play “Actions and Objectives.” Playwright, Triad Stage Artistic Director and native North Carolinian Preston Lane first introduced audiences to Hawboro in “Providence Gap” and returned to the town in 2015’s “Common Enemy.”

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