Triad Stage announces 17th season, filled with classics and contemporaries
While the UNC Greensboro jazz trio donned the set of Triad Stage’s The Price last Monday night, loyal audience members and co-founders Preston Lane and Rich Whittington celebrated the theater’s accomplishments and looked on to its 17th season of thrilling, thought-provoking and charming shows.
The theater’s current season was the first under its new operating model announced early last year and Whittington says so far it’s really paid off—which means it’s something they’re continuing to keep in mind as they shape the line-up. This year, Triad Stage celebrated an increased donor base of more than 700, and has seen significant increase in the number of season passholders between its Greensboro and Winston-Salem locations.
“For next season we have continued to pursue balanced programming in the two cities (four shows each),” Whittington said, “and have been exploring ways to diversify our programming through the addition of learning and engagement programs.”
The eight shows included in the 2017-2018 season, running September through May, is focused on “ambitious plays and terrific artists,” according to co-founder and artistic director Preston Lane.
Treats to mark on your calendar include a classic Broadway musical, two of the “greatest of all American plays,” two contemporary works and a world premiere. Each city’s line-up also includes large-scale projects such as South Pacific in Greensboro (with a cast of 25 and six musicians) and Our Town in Winston-Salem (a cast of 12).
To kick off the fall, the theatre will begin with the iconic musical South Pacific, composed by Richard Rodgers, with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan, at The Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro. In Winston-Salem at The Hanesbrands Theatre the four MainStage productions kick off with the hilarious comedy Buyer & Cellar, which highlights celebrity cult and culture.
“Putting together a season is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with more than 100 different variables,” Whittington said.
As for which production they’re most excited about, Whittington says, “Picking a favorite would be like picking a favorite child. Each of the projects bring their own challenges and opportunities and we are excited to tackle them all.”
Check out the 2017-2018 line up
September 17 – October 8, 2017
In this Broadway musical, a Midwestern nurse and a young lieutenant each navigate the treacherous waters of unfamiliar cultures and new romances while the world is at war.
Buyer & Cellar
October 11 – October 22, 2017
When 30-something Alex More, a not-so-successful actor, is hired to operate a shopping mall, he finds himself in the basement of one of Hollywood’s biggest icons. Spending most of his days alone dusting and dreaming, he’s taken aback when the celebrity herself rings the doorbell. In this 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning show, the playwright tackles the luxury and loneliness of fame.
A Christmas Carol
November 24 – December 24, 2017
Adapted by Preston Lane, this Charles Dickens’ classic tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life-changing ride through past, present and future as he learns what it means to be human.
Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity
December 3 – December 24, 2017
In this returning Preston Lane original, with original music by Laurelyn Dossett, a loving and welcoming church community puts on a series of skits for the congregation, retelling the Biblical stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Mary and more. It’s a sweet but comedic story for the holidays that’s laced with toe-tapping music.
A Raisin in the Sun
January 28 – February 18, 2018
In this classic and searing drama, Lorraine Hansberry shines a light on racial tension and the struggle to achieve the American Dream.
February 14 – February 25, 2018
Set in an all-American small town at the turn of the century, this 80th anniversary production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a heartwarming and deeply moving reminder to appreciate life while one has it and to relish every moment.
How I Learned to Drive
April 4 – 15, 2018
In this family drama, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel takes the audience on a complicated and surprisingly funny journey through the survival story of Lil Bit as she battles sexual abuse and learns the rules of the road and the facts of life behind the wheel of her Uncle Peck’s car.
The Passion of Teresa Rae King
April 29 – May 20, 2018
In this scandalous thriller original, by Preston Lane himself, a young woman harassed by her husband and terrorized by her mother-in-law finds comfort in the arms of another man. They plot a scheme meant to free Teresa, but the repercussions of their actions haunt them and threaten to drive them to madness.
Want to know more?
Triad Stage offers a 3-Play Greensboro Pass for The Pyrle Theater and a 3-Play Winston-Salem Pass for The Hanesbrands Theatre, each starting at $45. The company also has a 6-Play Triad Pass that includes the full season of six productions in both cities starting at $63. To purchase tickets or for performance information, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336-272-0160, or visit www.triadstage.org.