The underground theater space residing four stories above Elm Street is back for another season of entertainment on the edge. Anchoring over 100 performances of plays, storytelling, poetry, concerts and film are three Triad Stage productions—The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Santaland Diaries and tick, tick…BOOM! Triad Stage managing director, Richard Whittington states, “Last season’s re-launch of The UpStage Cabaret was a tremendous success with 20 different events attracting close to 6,000 people.” The UpStage Cabaret offers audiences a chance to get up close with the artists in a space that blends downtown flair with uptown chic, and features works by Triad Stage partner organizations Paper Lantern Theatre Company, Touring Theatre of North Carolina and The Monti among others.
A smash hit during Triad Stage’s first MainStage season, The Mystery of Irma Vep is returning in a brand new production to open the 2011-2012 UpStage Cabaret Season on September 29, 2011 and will be directed by Triad Stage’s new artistic associate, Bryan Conger (Billy Bishop Goes to War). Conger hails The Mystery of Irma Vep as a “celebration of all that is ridiculous in gothic horror, Victorian melodrama and traditional theatrical convention.” He continues, “It is done with a level of sophistication and wit that challenges both the audience and the director. And, who doesn’t love a play with werewolves, vampires and mummies?”
David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries returns for the fourth time to ring in the holidays, UpStage Cabaret-style. Sedaris’ singular brand of humor resonates with fans of The UpStage Cabaret. “We are thrilled to have The Santaland Diaries back in such a fun space,” says managing director Richard Whittington. “Each season our patrons ask to see it again, and each season it sells out.” As a comically wicked and cynical story, it’s the perfect alternative to the more traditional, family-oriented fare presented during the holiday season. The Santaland Diaries contains adult language and situations and is recommended for adults only.
Bryan Conger will also direct Jonathan Larson’s intimate musical, tick, tick…BOOM! A musical autobiography of Larson’s life prior to writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Rent, tick, tick…BOOM! is “about three characters at a crossroads, having to make decisions which guide the paths their lives will take.” Conger sees the play as one that speaks to everyone. “While the main character, Jon, is a struggling artist, I believe the themes of this musical to be universal. We have all found ourselves at a point in our lives where we must evaluate who we are and where we are going.”
New to The UpStage Cabaret for the 2011-2012 season is The Cabaret Club, a discount membership program. By purchasing a $10 Cabaret Club membership, patrons receive discounts of up to 30% on all three Triad Stage productions and performances in the Entertainment UpStage series, a complimentary drink voucher, and no-fee ticket exchanges. The Cabaret Club will also host special events throughout the season exclusive to members. Members will be able to purchase tickets to The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Santaland Diaries and tick, tick…BOOM! before they go on sale to the general public.
Triad Stage Productions
The Mystery of Irma Vep
The outrageous comedy from Triad Stage’s first season is back in a new, reimagined production. It’s a wild funhouse adventure featuring great comic performances, lightning-fast quick changes and hair-raising suspense. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves and a mummy wreak havoc in this raucous parody of Victorian morals and Hollywood horror. From England’s mysterious moors to the depths of an Egyptian tomb, this two-man “tour de farce” takes on everyone from the Brontës to Mel Brooks. The Mystery of Irma Vep runs September 29 through October 15, 2011.
The Santaland Diaries
The UpStage Cabaret’s wildly successful production returns for a fourth smash season. Meet the quintessential elf gone bad as he relives a series of less-than-merry misadventures in David Sedaris’ hilarious antidote for holiday havoc. Spend some time with the irreverent Crumpet—one of Santa’s little helpers during the Macy’s Christmas shopping rush—as he copes with thousands of shoppers and their kiddies with his whacked out, wicked wit. The Santaland Diaries runs December 6 through December 23, 2011.
From Jonathan Larson, the creator of Rent, comes the true tale of a man at a crossroads. Jon is struggling in New York City while trying to write the next great American musical. About to turn 30, he has some choices to make. Should he sell out for a successful career like his best friend? Should he marry his girlfriend and move away? It’s an undeniably powerful story about a life stuck in neutral and the courage it takes to hold on to dreams despite overwhelming odds. tick, tick…BOOM! runs March 16 through March 31, 2012.
Tickets are $18 for seats to The Mystery of Irma Vep and tick, tick…BOOM! Tickets for early performances of The SantaLand Diaries are $20 and late night performances are $15. $10 Student Rush tickets are available an hour prior to curtain. Cabaret Club members receive discounts up to 30% off tickets to these productions and can purchase tickets to all productions starting August 8, 2011. Tickets for each production go on sale to the general public three weeks prior to opening and can be purchased at the Triad Stage Box Office and online through Triad Stage’s website. Seating in The UpStage Cabaret is general admission and doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance for bar service inside the space.
All performances are at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret on the top floor of The Pyrle Theater, located at 232 South Elm Street in historic downtown Greensboro, North Carolina (between Market and Washington Streets). Productions, artists and dates subject to change.
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. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Mitre Agency, the North Carolina Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.
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 theatres in the country as the recipient of a 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 (you are here); “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.
About The UpStage Cabaret
In late 2007, Triad Stage began the conversion of The Pyrle Theater’s top floor storage area into a new rehearsal hall, WUNC Public Radio’s Greensboro satellite bureau and a second performance space known as The UpStage Cabaret. Created with flexibility and intimacy in mind, The UpStage Cabaret has seating with tables for 90 people, bar service and a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere that blends downtown flair with uptown chic. Not only home to theatrical productions by Triad Stage, The UpStage Cabaret plays host to Entertainment UpStage – a series of events that includes theatrical productions, film screenings, live concerts, poetry readings and more.
To purchase tickets or for performance information on any of these performances, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or toll-free at 866.579.TIXX (8499), or visit www.triadstage.org.