Triad Stage

White Lightning


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White Lightning

By Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Race down red dirt roads through an Alabama night of fast cars and moonshine. A young veteran with a checkered past and ’39 Ford makes a name for himself outrunning the law. But love and NASCAR show him another road. Strap in, put the pedal to the metal and head straight into adventure and romance.

Presented in partnership with Victory Junction

From the Artistic Director:
My first car only had an AM radio and the country music sometimes gave way to a NASCAR race. I loved when my rides were filled with exploits of some of the greatest drivers in history.  Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress thrilled me with their driving and daring.  NASCAR, with its roots in moonshine running, is so much a part of our region and telling its story is a real representation of A Southern Voice, one of our core values, brought to life on stage. 


First Rehearsal
Wednesday, January 2 @ 12 pm
Victory Junction, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman
Join us to meet the cast and creative team, enjoy refreshments, and tour Victory Junction!

Book Club: The Moonshine War by Elmore Leonard
Thursday, January 10 @ 6:00 pm
Benjamin Branch Library // Facebook event

Technically Talking
Tuesday, January 29 @ approx. 9:30 pm (immediately following 7:30 pm show)
A behind-the-scenes conversation with our director and designers. // Facebook event

Sunday, February 3 @ approx. 4:30 pm (immediately following 2 pm show)

Wednesday, February 6 @ 7:00 pm
A pre-show conversation that offers context and ways to connect to the show's thematic elements. // Facebook event

Thursday, February 7 @ approx. 9:30 pm (immediately following 7:30 pm show)
A free-wheeling discussion with the cast following the show. // Facebook event

Wine Tasting
Friday, February 8 @ 7:00 pm
Enjoy a treat for your palate before the show. // Facebook event

Audio-Described and ASL-Interpreted Performance
Satuday, February 9 @ 2:00 p.m.
Take advantage of our free accessibility programs!

Storytelling Night | Theme: Southern stories
Monday, February 11 @ 7:00 pm 
UpStage Cabaret
Storytellers and audience members join us for an evening of stories inspired by themes from our MainStage! // Facebook event

Book Club: Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown
Wednesday, February 13 @ 6:00 pm
Scuppernong Books // Facebook even

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“The cast was perfect!”

Audience Member

Creative Team

Sarah Hankins
Scenic Designer
Natalie Taylor Hart
Costume Designer
Deborah Bell
Lighting Designer
Amanda Valdez
Sound Designer
Maria F. Württele
Resident Movement Coach
Denise Gabriel
Resident Vocal Coach
Christine Morris
Stage Manager
Terence Orleans Alexander

Photos White Lightning

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News & Reviews White Lightning


Triad Stage presents ‘White Lightning’
Yes! Weekly
February 6, 2019

I was raised in Mooresville, North Carolina, aka “Race City, USA,” so when I heard that Triad Stage was going to show Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s “White Lightning” I was curious to see how the theatre would represent this aspect of Southern culture. My family grew up fixing cars and going to NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But I hated the races. I hated NASCAR. I hated Race City, USA. 

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Theater review: Triad Stage presents 'White Lightning'
News & Record
February 3, 2019

When discussions were in progress for the 2018-19 Triad Stage season, founding artistic director Preston Lane realized there was something missing from the lineup: a distinctly Southern play.

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Triad Stage will present 'White Lightning'
News & Record
January 24, 2019

Triad Stage’s core mission includes telling North Carolina and Southern stories. And there is nothing more deeply rooted in the Tar Heel State than moonshine and stock car racing.

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‘White Lightning’ roars onto Triad Stage
Yes! Weekly
January 23, 2019

Shortly after my first article appeared in YES! Weekly, my landlord said something about its subject I’d never known. “When I was a boy in the ‘50s,” he told me, “parked cars were lined up half a mile down Holden Road every Saturday night, with folks driving in from out of state and knocking on your Uncle Olan’s door to buy his moonshine.”

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Lights Up | WHUP
January 23, 2019

Lights Up! host Wayne Leonard is joined by White Lightning dramaturg Virginia Hirsch and scenic designer Natalie Taylor Hart, as well as Triad Stage Founding Managing Director Rich Whittington. Segment begins at the 38:18 mark and ends at 59:44.

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Rev the Engines For Triad Stage’s White Lightning
Front Mezz Junkies
January 15, 2019

Sarah Hankins is an anomaly. At times it seems that her effusive warmth could have no place against the backdrop of the demands of a director juggling the responsibility of shepherding actors through rehearsal. But the major trick up Hankins’ sleeve is her razor sharp determination to integrate. 

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