Featuring music by Laurelyn Dossett and Riley Baugus at the Hanesbrands Theatre, May 6 – 25, 2014
(Winston-Salem, NC) — Triad Stage’s Lucky Season in Winston-Salem concludes with Brother Wolf. 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. Demons lurk in the dark forests and the early pioneers are under constant threat. When the Speerdane family dares to build a church, they awaken the violent monster, Grin Dell. Infused with traditional music and epic storytelling loosely based on the story of Beowulf, Brother Wolf features acclaimed musicians and a story told like no other. The high country tale, Brother Wolf runs May 6 – May 25, 2014. Opening Night is Friday, May 9.
First produced by Triad Stage in 2006, Brother Wolf was the first collaboration between Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett. “When we were asked to expand our programming to the Hanesbrands, we were looking for a piece that was a signature of our work,” says Triad Stage artistic director and director of Brother Wolf, Preston Lane. “The show was such a key piece in our development and was the first step of the journey Laurelyn and I have taken together as we seek to create new ways of telling the stories of our region through theater and song. The play felt like a wonderful way to introduce Triad Stage to the audiences in Winston Salem.” “When I first thought about doing another production of Brother Wolf, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to recreate the wonderful experience that the company found together working on the play,” explains Lane. “I’m delighted that this is equally as thrilling a process. It is impossible to compare them because they are different. It is like hearing a favorite song performed by two separate artists—the soul of the song is there, but the interpretations reveal new secrets.”
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
The creative team includes: director Preston Lane, musical director Laurelyn Dossett, scenic designer Howard C. Jones, costume designer Deborah Bell, lightning designer Norman Coates and sound designer David E. Smith. Bryan Conger is the Associate Director, Jim Wren is the Fight Director and Christine Morris is the Dialect Coach. The casting director is Cindi Rush and the stage manager is Janine Wochna.
The cast includes a few new and many returning faces to Triad Stage. The cast includes Ben Apple, last seen in Snow Queen as well as A Christmas Carol, Dori Legg (Snow Queen), Scott Pattison (My Fair Lady, Snow Queen), Chris Raddatz (Masquerade, New Music) and Leah Turley (Providence Gap, New Music). Also featuring, David Sitler, making his Triad Stage debut and UNCG students Krista Blaser, Ashlei Chestnut, Jeremy Kuhn, and Kasey Moorhouse complete the ensemble. Musicians include Riley Baugus and Laurelyn Dossett.
ABOUT TRIAD STAGE
Triad Stage is the professional not-for-profit regional theater company for the Piedmont Triad with performances in downtown Greensboro at The Pyrle and in downtown Winston-Salem at the Hanesbrands Theatre. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Triad using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Blue Zoom, the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts Greensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal and by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater” (nine years running), Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference.