Triad Stage announces 2018-2019 season lineup
By: Jessica Clifford
Triad Stage announced their 2018-2019 season lineup on March 13. The theatre’s 18th season has a few changes to come while continuing to premiere new productions and supply their interpretations of classic plays and musicals.
“We will be scaling back our programming in [Winston-Salem],” said Tiffany Albright, the marketing manager of Triad Stage. “And going on a learning tour to talk to the community and to really find out what role we can play for them.”
Albright said Triad Stage wants to find the best balance of programming for the Winston-Salem community. To do that, Triad Stage wants more community involvement in future decision making.
The lineup will start Sept. 9-30 with the third most published book in the world – Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, at the Pyrle Theater
The mystery/thriller features 10 strangers who are sent to an island, each for their criminal past. The group is cut-off from society after severe weather changes, spurring a one-by-one killing spree. Everyone is set for death.
“We’ve done mysteries; we’re really well known for them – we do them quite well – but, we have never done any of [Agatha Christie’s] work,” Albright said. “It’s a story people really know, but we will hope to reinterpret.”
Triad Stage will then turn to Shakespeare for only the second time since the inception of the theater. From Oct. 28-Nov.18, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run.
The classic is about forbidden love, forcing the two to run away into a nearby forest. Mystical things occur in the forest, orienting the couple’s lives in new directions.
“Because Preston isn’t really steeped in Shakespeare, he’s going to bring a really fresh perspective to it,” Albright said, speaking about the founding artistic director, Preston Lane.
In December, the Pyrle Theater will not run a Christmas show; instead, the only holiday-themed show will be produced at the Hanesbrands. For the sixth year running, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens will run from Nov. 23-Dec. 24.
The holiday classic shows Ebenezer Scrooge on the night he meets three spirits – one from the past, present, and future – to remind him of the humanity in everyone.
Starting in January 2019 is the North Carolina premiere of Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s White Lightning at the Pyrle Theater from Jan. 27-Feb. 17, 2019. Wilder, an Alabama native, follows Triad Stage’s tradition to share southern voices and playwrights.
The play is set during the early days of NASCAR in the south, where a man finds himself running moonshine and racing cars. He has a chance to win, both a race and a woman.
After producing August Wilson’s Fences two seasons ago, Triad Stage will produce another Wilson play titled Two Trains Running from March 10-31, 2019 at the Pyrle Theater.
“It was such a powerful experience for our company and for our audiences,” said Albright, referencing Fences. “We’re really excited to bring another Wilson production back.”
Two Trains Running is set in 1969, during the civil rights movement in Pittsburg. A man’s diner, the locale for people to talk freely, is now in the way and the lives of those customers are about to change.
To end the 18th season is the musical based on Cervantes’ novel, “Don Quixote,” titled Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. This play is set to run from April 28-May 26, 2019 at the Pyrle Theater.
Preston Lane is highly anticipating this production. “As I have grown older, my love for this play has only deepened,” he said.
The play is set during the Spanish Inquisition. The author is in prison awaiting trial by the Inquisitor, and soon retells a story of a knight named Don Quixote who is trying to obtain his dream.
Season passes are on sale now and start at $80, while single ticket sales begin in August.
“We hope people will come out and join us,” Albright said. “It’s going to be a really incredible season. We will have some really big shows.”
Jessica Clifford is a senior at UNCG, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in English.
By: Heather Dukes
On April 29 through May 20, Triad Stage will be presenting The Passion of Teresa Rae King, a scandalous thriller by Preston Lane at The Pyrle Theater in Greensboro.According to the website, “Triad Stage returns to Hawboro, this time to the wrong side of the tracks. A young woman beleaguered by her husband and terrorized by her mother-in-law finds comfort in the arms of another man. They carry out a plot meant to free Teresa, but the repercussions of their actions haunt them and threaten to drive them to madness. Join Triad Stage for this World Premiere loosely inspired by Émile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin.” This play is for mature audiences.
On April 13, 15 and April 19-22 The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will be presenting Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, “a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. Featuring show-stopping Broadway numbers from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and more from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.”
On April 27, at 7 p.m., and April 29, at 5 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, High Point Community Theatre will be presenting Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Performance-based on the book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi.