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TRIAD STAGE: 15 AND GROWING

by Lenise Willis

In its 14th year Triad Stage pulled off two wonderful seasons at once “” or rather one season split between two cities. Either way, the dual list was a success “” one the theater is planning again for when it turns 15.

About 60 theater lovers showed their support at Triad Stage’s 15th season announcement Sunday night at Hanesbrands Theatre. Co-founders Preston Lane and Rich Whittington chose to first announce their next season in its new second home in Winston-Salem, fittingly after the last showing of their drama. They announced their season in Greensboro Monday night at The Pyrle.

Lane, who traditionally selects a theme to tie his season together, says the 15 th season is simply about “good stories.”

“We wanted to celebrate great writers and who we are as a theater,” Lane said. “Tennessee Williams, of course, had to be in there.”

As to why the co-founders chose to announce the Greensboro and Winston-Salem season at the same time, Lane said it was to not only inspire audiences to travel back and forth between the two cities, but also to solidify the theater’s vision as a true Triad theater.

“That’s why we decided to (expand the theater to Winston-Salem),” Lane said, “to bring together the Triad. We’re interested in celebrating the whole area.”

As for the next season, it seems to be highly anticipated and was greeted with excitement by the partygoers. A few attendees showed their fandom by guessing “” successfully “” which shows Lane would announce.

So what’s the surprise? Kicking off the fall at Hanesbrands Theater is a play produced in conjunction with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The drama features a scholar, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, who is reassessing her life.

Upholding tradition for the holidays, the theater presents its annual work as adapted by Preston Lane.

Closing the season will be by local playwright Janet Allard, a teacher at UNC-Greensboro and the wife of our very own Bob Cratchit (Josh Foldy) from The play, which promises to be as much fun as, highlights the first female NASCAR driver who must prove herself to a sea of boys and trash talk.

The Greensboro season includes: “¢ Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Aug. 23-Sept. 20. “¢ Deathtrap Oct. 18-Nov. 8. “¢ Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, an original by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett, Nov. 27-Dec. 24. “¢ Radiunt Abundant, an original by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett, Feb. 21-March 13. “¢ Fences April 10-May 1. “¢ Don Juan June 5-26. !

WANNA go?

For tickets and more information visit triadstage.org or call 272-0160.

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