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Triad Stage Announces Exciting 11th Season

The 11th season brings love, marriage, desire and the return of the new holiday tradition to downtown Greensboro

(Greensboro, NC) — Triad Stage’s 2011-2012 MainStage Season Passes go on sale to the public April 4, 2011. The 11th season begins September 4, 2011. “This season allows us to do what I believe we do best, re-explore and re-imagine classics of the western repertoire,” states Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane. “The line up ranges from Europe to North Carolina to New York and to a world of magic. It spans decades and centuries, demanding unique forms of presentation for each play.”

The 2011-2012 Season features: a diabolical thriller by Frederick Knott; a new adaptation of a life-changing classic by Henrik Ibsen; a family trilogy by Reynolds Price; a swingin’ musical conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz and a comic fantasy by Tony Kushner.

“Despite the challenging economy, our community continues to value our work,” says Triad Stage Managing Director Richard Whittington. “During our 10th anniversary season, we set a new record for Season Passholders with 3,253 – a 7% increase. We are building on this momentum in the 11th season by taking on larger cast plays, a full-scale musical and the once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event honoring North Carolina author Reynolds Price.”

The 2011-2012 Line Up

Dial “M” for Murder

A Diabolical Thriller

By Frederick Knott

Tony Wendice has devised the perfect crime. With a lot of planning, a solid alibi and a bit of blackmail, he’s sure to make a fortune. All he has to do is kill his wife. But when his scheme goes disastrously wrong, he finds himself in a suspenseful game of cat and mouse to stay one step ahead of a determined police detective and a suspicious mystery writer out to uncover the truth. Can he still get away with murder? It’s an unexpected glimpse into the mind of a vengeful killer and the race to save his desperate victim.

This production is sponsored by Lincoln Financial Foundation. Dial “M” for Murder runs September 4 – 25, 2011. Opening night is Friday, September 9, 2011.

“I have always loved Fredrick Knott’s Dial “M” for Murder and consider it to be a perfect thriller that deserves to be re-imagined and explored for a 21st century audience,” says Lane. “The play still thrills and has great opportunities for bold theatrical imaginations to break open the script to explore the danger within.”

A Doll House

A Life-Changing Classic

By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Preston Lane

The most controversial play about love and marriage ever written still shocks and thrills a century after its lead character opened a door to freedom. Nora lives the perfect life and seems to be the perfect wife. Her husband has been recently promoted, her children are adorable, and she is about to pay off a secret debt. All seems right until a past crime she committed to save her husband threatens to destroy her happy home and she must face the hardest choice of all. Does she have the courage to stand alone? Can she face her fear of freedom? Expectations shatter and traditions are torn apart in this startling exposé.

A Doll House runs October 16 – November 6, 2011. Opening night is Friday, October 21, 2011.

“Ibsen’s play shows us a journey from fear to courage and ends with an act of bravery that still thrills us today” Lane continues, “I don’t know of any play about love and marriage that is more shocking than A Doll House.”

New Music

A Family Trilogy

By Reynolds Price

Celebrate the life and work of one of the South’s greatest writers in this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event. Return to a small town in eastern North Carolina and the Avery family that captivated audiences in Triad Stage’s second season. In honor of Reynolds Price, we present the entire New Music trilogy in a special two-part extended run – Part I: August Snow and Night Dance; Part II: Better Days. See the two parts separately, or together during weekend marathon performances. New Music is presented in collaboration with the Greensboro Public Library’s “One City, One Author”. New Music runs February 12 – March 18, 2012. Opening night for Part 1 is Friday, February 17, 2012. Opening night for Part II is Saturday, February 25, 2012.

Part I: August Snow and Night Dance

August 1937. One year into their troubled marriage, Taw Avery gives her husband, Neal, an ultimatum – he must put his past behind him or she will leave him forever. With less than a day to decide, they each make a journey of self discovery to find the meaning of commitment and sacrifice. Their story continues at the end of World War II. The battle may be over, but the loss of lives and dreams continues in its wake. Neal and Taw must carry on, searching for a way to keep hope and love at the heart of their family.

Part II: Better Days
Thirty years later, friends and visitors gather to comfort Neal and Taw after the death of Neal’s mother, Roma. Their son, on leave from Vietnam, seeks a destiny beyond his family’s roots. When Roma’s will reveals a startling surprise, conflicting desires threaten to leave everyone in a state of uncertainty, and they must find enormous courage to meet the future in a swiftly changing world.

“Among the greatest joys of my work at Triad Stage was sharing with our audience the first part of Reynolds Price’s trilogy, August Snow, in our second season,” says Lane. “I pledged that we would complete the full trilogy in the coming seasons. However, it kept being pushed aside until January of this year when we learned of Price’s death. The need to honor him was overwhelming for all of us; and so, the full trilogy became the centerpiece of our planning for the 11th Season.”

Part II: Better Days is presented as a special event and is not included in the Season Pass packages. However, 2011-2012 Season Passholders have the exclusive opportunity to order advance Flex Tickets to Part II: Better Days at a special reduced rate of $15 each with their Pass purchase or renewal. Otherwise, individual tickets to this show will go on sale on August 8, 2011 along with individual tickets to the other 2011-2012 productions.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

The “Fats” Waller Musical Show

A Swingin’ Musical

Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz

Harlem. The Cotton Club. Honky tonk dives, rent parties and sweet, sweet swing. The songs of “Fats” Waller explode in this celebration of some of the best American music ever written. A Broadway blockbuster brimming with hot jazz and powerhouse performances, this Tony Award®-winning revue is the perfect tribute to one of the most prolific musicians of the 20th century. Filled with 30 beloved tunes like “‘T Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Mean To Me” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, it’s musical dynamite that will have you tappin’ your toes, snappin’ your fingers and singin’ along. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is presented in collaboration with North Carolina A&T University’s Jazz Ensemble. Ain’t Misbehavin’ runs April 15 – May 13, 2012. Opening night is Friday, April 20, 2012.

Lane explains his selection of a Broadway musical for the 11th Season. “Great, authentic music is a key part of Triad Stage and America has produced few musicians as great as ‘Fats’ Waller. Set in the Harlem Renaissance, this play explores one of the greatest times of artistic genius our nation has ever experienced. This classic musical is a time to enjoy and celebrate music that sings with the joy of life.”

The Illusion

A Comic Fantasy

By Tony Kushner

Freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique

Enter the mysterious lair of the sorcerer Alcandre where Pridamant seeks to learn what has become of the son he banished years ago. In the deepening darkness, the magician conjures three separate moments from the young man’s life; each finds him in a different location and with a different name. As the mysterious scenes progress, passions ignite, allegiances shift and the unhoped-for comes to pass until Pridament discovers the unexpected truth about his son. Take a comic trip into the world of wizardry where romance, wit, action and adventure come alive at every turn. The Illusion runs June 10 – July 1, 2012. Opening night is Friday, June 15, 2012.

“Kushner is one of our greatest living playwrights, so when he breathes new life into a forgotten classic French play we are given a true gift—a comic fantasy that feels as contemporary as today,” says Lane. “The play delights in magic, love and the potential of theater to change us for the better.”

And returning to Triad Stage, the new holiday tradition…

A Christmas Carol

A Holiday Tale

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Preston Lane

November 25 – December 24, 2011

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. In a reprise of last season’s highly acclaimed production, Triad Stage brings Dickens’ classic story to life in a dazzling production brimming with bold acting, daring design and spine tingling special effects. The return of our newest holiday tradition for the Triad is a ghostly tale of Yule-tide cheer, gracious redemption and heart-warming hope for the whole family. This production is sponsored by VF Corporation. A Christmas Carol runs November 25 – December 24, 2011. Opening night is Friday, December 2, 2011.

Lane reflects on his life-long love for the Dickens’ tale, “A Christmas Carol is my favorite story ever written, it is a central myth of the western experience, reminding us of what it means to be fully human.” Classical Voice of North Carolina said of the 2010 production, “You get the feeling that this is not just A Christmas Carol, but THE Christmas Carol. You will be wowed and at the same time filled with wonder…at how Triad Stage makes it all seem new. It even feels like Dickens is there, somehow, watching, musing and, ultimately, applauding.”

A Christmas Carol is presented as a special event and is not included in Season Pass packages. However, 2011-2012 Season Passholders have the exclusive opportunity to order advance Holiday Flex Tickets to A Christmas Carol at a special reduced rate of $25 each with their Pass purchase or renewal. Otherwise, individual tickets to this show will go on sale August 8, 2011, along with individual tickets to the other 2011-2012 productions.

New 2011-2012 Season Passes go on sale Monday, April 4. Passes range in price from $70 to $190. Tickets to individual shows will not be available until August 8, 2011. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seat location desired. Triad Stage performs every night of the week except Mondays, with matinees on Sundays.

About Triad Stage

Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company based in Greensboro’s downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in Greensboro using the best of local and national talent. 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 theaters 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”, Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year”, North Carolina Theatre Conference. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2010-2011 Season Sponsors: Mitre Agency, the North Carolina Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.

Triad Stage’s 2010-2011 Season – The 10th Anniversary – continues with Steel Magnolias, a southern treasure by Robert Harling (April 10 – May 8, 2011) and Masqurade, a dress up farce by Ludvig Holberg, adapted by Preston Lane (June 5 – 26, 2011). Single tickets for all 2010-2011 season productions are on sale now.

To purchase Season Passes and tickets or for more information on productions, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or toll-free at 866.579.TIXX (8499), or visit www.triadstage.org.

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