Triad Stage, the region’s largest producing arts organization, has unveiled its 2016-2017 Season. The company’s 16th season will feature eight locally-produced professional productions mounted in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, for the first time on an academic year calendar from September through May.
“The 2016-2017 season for us is about continuing to produce bold and ambitious works,” said Artistic Director Preston Lane. “Triad Stage continues to celebrate creativity and collaboration, and in this new model we will make each production a hallmark of our work and a representation of our core values.”
In Greensboro at the Pyrle Theatre, Triad Stage will produce four plays including Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw; The Price by Arthur Miller; and Actions and Objectives, a world premiere play by Preston Lane. The holiday season in Greensboro brings the return of the smash hit Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity by Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett.
In Winston-Salem at the Hanesbrands Theatre the four MainStage shows include The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam, the fan favorite from the company’s first season; Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years by Emily Mann, adapted from the bestselling book by Sarah L. Delaney and A. Elizabeth Delaney with Amy Hill Hearth; and a new production in collaboration with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears by DeLanna Studi. For a fourth year A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by Preston Lane, returns to the stage for the holidays.
For the 2016-2017 Season, Triad Stage will offer a 3-play Season Pass in Greensboro and a 3-play Season Pass in Winston-Salem, each starting at $45, with the option of adding each city’s annual holiday production at a discounted price. The theater will also offer a 6-play Triad Pass that includes the full season in both cities starting at $63 for an even deeper discount over the cost of single tickets.
“The eight shows in our 16th Anniversary Season will continue to showcase the outstanding acting and stunning design that audiences have come to know and love us for,” Lane said. “Triad Stage has produced over 90 original productions, employed more than 1,500 actors, directors, designers, technicians, and staff, and sold more than 500,000 tickets in our first 15 seasons. We are proud to be rooted in the Triad, and we continue to seek to create a theatrical voice unique to this company, community, and region.”
ARMS AND THE MAN
A Romantic Comedy
by George Bernard Shaw
September 11 – October 2, 2016 at the Pyrle Theater (Greensboro)
All’s fair in love and war as a classic romantic triangle spins out of control in the heart of Bulgaria. Somewhere far from anywhere, a young woman obsessed with romance novels longs for adventure, while just outside of town her fiancé is the hero of a raging war. But when the battle crashes through her bedroom window in the form of a retreating enemy soldier taking refuge under her bed, everything heroic gets turned upside down. In no time at all, her boudoir becomes a battlefield for two rival suitors. Be swept off your feet by the dazzling wit of one of George Bernard Shaw’s most beloved comedies.
Presented by Bank of North Carolina.
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
A Mysterious Farce
by Charles Ludlam
October 5 – October 16, 2016 at the Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
A stylish and hilarious funhouse escapade featuring tour de force performances, lightning fast changes and hair-raising special effects. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves and a mummy wreak havoc in this raucous parody of Victorian morals and Hollywood horror by anarchic comic genius Charles Ludlam. From England’s mysterious moors to the depths of an Egyptian tomb, no one is safe from the terrors of bad puns and dueling dulcimers. Be afraid, be just a little bit afraid as Triad Stage returns to the smash hit from our first season, the play that The New York Times called “the funniest two hours anywhere.”
An American Classic
by Arthur Miller
January 29 – February 19, 2017 at the Pyrle Theater (Greensboro)
Two brothers who never speak, a woman eager to live the life she never had and a retired used furniture dealer looking to get back into the game meet in an antique-filled New York brownstone set to be demolished. The past and present collide as secrets and rivalries shake the foundations of the brothers’ former home. As the four dig through the remnants of their pasts, they discover the cost of the choices they made. For the first time, Triad Stage celebrates the work of one of America’s greatest playwrights in a 50th anniversary production of what the The Wall Street Journal calls “the best thing (Arthur) Miller ever wrote.”
HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANEY SISTERS’ FIRST 100 YEARS
A Treasured Family Story
by Emily Mann
Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delaney and A. Elizabeth Delaney with Amy Hill Hearth
February 22 – March 5, 2017 at the Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
What an amazing couple of ladies Sadie and Bessie Delaney are. Bound together by more than 100 years of life, love and laughter, they’re sharing their stories of an American century. From their childhood in NC to the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights movement and beyond, these remarkable sisters will win you over with their warmth and wisdom. A visit with these two ladies is time well spent. From their bestselling book comes an engrossing story of family, faith and courage.
ACTIONS AND OBJECTIVES
A World Premiere North Carolina Drama
by Preston Lane
April 2 – April 23, 2017 at the Pyrle Theater (Greensboro)
Just when things had seemed to calm down after the recent unpleasantness concerning the Zebulon Zebras, a new theater company announces plans to develop a play to celebrate the town’s sesquicentennial. As they probe the official story and rehearse the drama, the contemporary concerns of the artists and the community begin to parallel the struggles of the city’s first citizens. From Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, the line between the present and past, rehearsal and reality begins to blur as new truths emerge and tempers flare. In the tradition of Common Enemy, this world premiere drama returns Triad audiences to the town of Hawboro for a bold exploration of the contemporary South.
AND SO WE WALKED: AN ARTIST’S JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS
A North Carolina Premiere
by DeLanna Studi
April 19 – April 30, 2017 at the Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
A frank, funny and sometimes misguided story of a contemporary Cherokee woman who goes on a six-week, 900-mile journey with her father along the Trail of Tears in search of her heroic self. Through this personal odyssey, DeLanna Studi’s sense of identity—both as a contemporary Cherokee and as a woman—is tested by the people and places she encounters. This multi-faceted dramatic memoir draws on interviews, historical research and the artist’s personal experience to convey the complexities and conflicts with which DeLanna and the Cherokee wrestle. Produced in collaboration with the Arts and Society Initiative of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Returning for the holidays:
BEAUTIFUL STAR: AN APPALACHIAN NATIVITY
A Seasonal Celebration
by Preston Lane, with music by Laurelyn Dossett
November 25 – December 24, 2016 at the Pyrle Theater (Greensboro)
This winter Triad Stage invites you to come home again for the holidays. We take you to the peaks of the Blue Ridge where Reverend Roy Ledbetter and all the members of the Open Heart Community Fellowship have been working hard to fill your holidays with joy. Starting with Genesis and going all the way to the Nativity, they spin a holiday story with down-home laughter, toe-tappin’ music and a tug at the heartstrings as one of Triad Stage’s most popular hits returns for another season.
Presented by The Carroll Companies.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Holiday Classic
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Preston Lane
November 25 – December 24, 2016 at the Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
Ebenezer Scrooge’s last chance is one night and three spirits. It’s a life-changing ride through past, present and future as he learns what it means to be human. Triad Stage brings Dickens’ classic story to life in a dazzling production brimming with bold acting, daring design and spine-tingling special effects. Returning for the 4th year to Hanesbrands Theatre, A Christmas Carol is a ghostly tale of Yuletide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem.
To purchase tickets or for performance information, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336/272-0160 or toll-free at 866/579-TIXX (8499), or visit HERE.