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Tennessee Playboy


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Triad Stage presents a hilarious world premiere adaptation,

Tennessee Playboy, June 9 – 30, 2013





Also playing: the children’s matinee, Noodle Doodle Box, the Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage and Charles Busch’s farce Judith of Bethulia


(Greensboro, NC) — Everyone loves a bad boy, especially one on the run. Adapted and directed by Triad Stage artistic director, Preston Lane, Tennessee Playboy, freely adapted from J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, brings the murder, mayhem and moonshine of 1975 to Triad Stage. It’s just another rainy night at a 24-hour truck stop in East Tennessee when a stranger staggers in with a shocking tale of a murder most foul. He killed his father, he claims—knocked him over the head and left him for dead. Desperate, Chuck MacAdie begs for a place to hide. His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as a hero. But his fortunes change when an unexpected visitor suddenly appears. This world-premiere adaptation is a celebration of first love, tall tales and second chances. Tennessee Playboy runs June 9 through June 30, 2013. Opening Night is Friday, June 14. The production is sponsored by Lorillard, Inc. with additional support from American Express, Banyan Consulting Group and Volvo Financial Services.


Triad Stage’s production of Tennessee Playboy is adapted and directed by Preston Lane, the company’s co-founder and artistic director. “We have always been fascinated by tall tales…prone to fall for a stranger who turns our town upside down with the promise of something better,” says Lane, “and, as 24-hour news continually proves, the distance between a criminal and a celebrity isn’t very far at all.” Lane was raised in Western North Carolina less than 30 miles from the Tennessee line, giving him first-hand knowledge of the area. “The state line is easily bridged in a step, but the dividing line between our states of mind sometimes seems vast.”

Lane is adapting Tennessee Playboy from J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. John Millington Synge (1871-1909) was a poet and dramatist who played a pivotal role in the Irish dramatic movement at the turn of the 20th century. Despite a relatively short career of six years, he wrote some of the most influential plays in theater history. Considered an attack on public morals and Irish nationalism, Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, opened in 1907 at the Abbey Theatre amid controversy. The opening night audience erupted in angry cries and tried to rush the stage. Known as the Playboy Riots, they continued for days.

Lane has assembled a cast of returning Triad Stage favorites and entirely new faces. Dierdre Friel (Masqureade, Doubt) returns as Pearlene Dunbar and Carroll “Chip” Johnson (Beautiful Star, North Star) plays her father, Mitch. Bill Raulerson, fresh from his role as Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady, is Ferlin MacAdie. New York actors, Denise Lute and Bill Cwikowski make their Triad Stage debuts as the Widow Quince and Preacher Jimmy Stykes, respectively. University of North Carolina Greensboro, MFA acting candidates Aaron Brakefield, Amy Hamel and Jami Witt all make their Triad Stage debut as part of the annual THTR 232 Festival co-produced by Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre. And finally, James Kautz makes his debut as well as Chuck MacAdie, the Tennessee Playboy.

The creative team includes: scenic designer Fred Kinney (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Steel Magnolias), costume designer Deborah Bell (Doubt, A Lesson Before Dying), lighting designer Jiyoun Chang (A Doll House) and sound designer David E. Smith (Trouble in Mind, Dial “M” for Murder). The dramaturg is Bryan Conger, Christine Morris is the resident vocal coach, Denise Gabriel is the resident movement coach and Jim Wren is the resident fight director. Cindi Rush is the casting director and the stage manager is Emily J. Mails.


Biographies of the cast and creative team, and more information on the production can be found online at



Tickets for Preview performances of Tennessee Playboy on June 9, 11, 12, and 13, are all $24 each. From Opening Night, June 14, through the run of the production, single ticket prices range from $10 to $48. Prices vary depending on the day of the week and seat location desired.


All performances are at Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater, located at 232 South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina (between Market and Washington Streets).


Show times for Tennessee Playboy are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. There are no matinee performances during previews. Pay-What-You-Can performances are Tuesday, June 18, sponsored by BB&T,and Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Wine Tasting Friday sponsored by Our State magazine is Friday, June 21, prior to the evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance. A Sign-Interpreted performance is on Tuesday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., with services provided by the Greensboro Communication Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Technically Talking,a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the design team is Tuesday, June 11, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. preview performance.

The InSight Series, the free humanities program with a noted expert who will be discussing the world of the play, sponsored by The Carroll Companies, will be held on Sunday, June 16, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance. For Tennessee Playboy, Emily Kader, PhD and author of the upcoming book Jack and the Western World: The Irish Roots and Southern Migrations of an American Folk Hero will be speaking about the connection between Ireland and Southern Appalachia.

PostScript, a lively, open discussion with the cast, will be held on Thursday, June 20, in The UpStage Cabaret immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance. The PostScriptseries is sponsored by Locke T. Clifford and Andrew C. Clifford.


THTR 232: Triad Stage and UNCG Theatre’s annual summer festival

In addition to The MainStage run of Tennessee Playboy, which includes participation by UNCG students and faculty both onstage and behind the scenes, UNCG Theatre will stage family-friendly daytime performances of Noodle Doodle Box by Paul Maar, adapted and translated by Anita and Alex Page, in the Brown Building Theatre on the UNCG campus, evening performances of God of Carnage by Yeomina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, also at the Brown Building Theater and late night performances of Judith of Bethulia by Charles Buschin Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret.

Noodle Doodle Box Pepper and Zacharias are two clowns. They each possess a box/house—a private space which each refuses to share with the other. Their boxes/spaces are unique and each quite interesting in their own peculiar way. Suddenly, a pompous, overbearing Drum Major appears and decides he likes both boxes. He uses Pepper’s and Zacharias’s competitive natures to pit them against each other so that he can steal their boxes. However, they magically acquire one new box, which they learn to share and enjoy together. This one-hour play is best enjoyed by audiences 4-8 years old. Performances of Noodle Doodle Box are June 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 10:00 a.m., June 15, 22 and 29 at 2:00 p.m. and June 27 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for children, seniors and students; and $5 for groups of 10+.


God of Carnage Two pairs of parents struggle to remain cordial while meeting after their sons have an altercation in a public park. As the evening progresses, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. Performances of God of Carnage are Thursday – Saturday, June 13 – 15, 20 – 22 and 27 – 29. Tickets are $10 for adults;

Judith of Bethulia An outrageous and bawdy celebration of the Hollywood Biblical epic. Lepers, concubines, eunuchs, centurions, evil generals, youthful poets and a beautiful redheaded widow make Charles Busch’s latest comedy an event worth praying for. Performances of Judith of Bethulia are on Thursday – Saturday, June 20 – 22 and Thursday – Saturday, June 27 – 29, after the curtain goes down on the evening performances of Tennessee Playboy. This production is appropriate for ages 18+. Tickets are $10, $9 for Cabaret Club members. Seating is general admission.



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: Blue Zoom, the North Carolina Arts Council and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Tennessee Playboy is sponsored by Lorillard, Inc. with support from American Express, Banyan Consulting Group and Volvo Financial Services.

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 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” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference.

To purchase tickets or for performance information on Tennessee Playboy, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or toll-free at 866.579.TIXX (8499), or visit



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