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TRIAD STAGE ANNOUNCES THE 2010-2011 UPSTAGE CABARET SEASON

New productions and presentations with partner organizations fill the theater company’s cabaret space with plays, concerts, poetry readings and special events

As part of its 10th Anniversary Season, Triad Stage announces the return of the UpStage Cabaret with four original productions and a number of performances by partner organizations. An Evening of Southern DIScomfort: “Auto-da-Fé” and “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls”, The Santaland Diaries, Billy Bishop Goes to War and The America Play complete Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret season. The inclusion of partnership organizations sprang from artistic director Preston Lane’s vision for Triad Stage to “grow to be a place for the celebration of performance and a center for excellence in the performing arts for our diverse community.” Managing director Richard Whittington elaborates on Lane’s vision, “From the very beginning Triad Stage has had a core belief in sharing resources, ideas and talent with other organizations to benefit the well being of our community. Through the UpStage Cabaret we are able to partner with six amazing artists and organizations to expand our programming and create a central place to experience diverse artistic expressions.” With the support of a grant from the Cemala Foundation, Triad Stage is able to expand its Entertainment UpStage offerings by presenting productions with partner organizations: storytelling sensation The Monti, the poet Josephus III, Paper Lantern Theatre Company, Touring Theatre of North Carolina, Eastern Music Festival and Theatre 232, the annual Triad Stage/ UNCG Department of Theatre summer collaboration, for multiple performances throughout the 2010-2011 Season.

Triad Stage Productions:

“Auto-da-Fé” and “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls”

It’s an evening of Southern DIScomfort with a double bill of one-act plays celebrating the work of Tennessee Williams. Whether you’ve seen the original or not, you’ll laugh out loud at Christopher Durang’s “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls”, a spot-on spoof of The Glass Menagerie. Weary mother Amanda tries to pry her fragile son, Lawrence, away from his glass cocktail stirrer collection long enough to entice Ginny, his “feminine caller.” Meanwhile, brother Tom just wants an entertaining night at the movies with “friends.” The evening continues with a rarely-produced one-act by the master himself – “Auto-da-Fé”. When a shocking incident at his workplace ignites long-held repressions and hostilities, Eloi and his mother must decide on a course of action that may change their beliefs and even their lives. Two students from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s MFA Directing program make their Triad Stage directing debut. Jonathan Bohun Brady directs “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and Kate Muchmore directs “Auto-Da-Fé”. An Evening of Southern DIScomfort runs September 23 through October 9, 2010. Opening Night is Thursday, September 23.

The Santaland Diaries

Welcome back the quintessential elf gone bad 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, directed by Jeff Stanley. The Santaland Diaries runs December 7 through December 23, 2010. Opening Night is Tuesday, December 7.

Billy Bishop Goes to War

An unlikely hero and the worst student in the Royal Military College, Billy Bishop went on to become the most decorated officer of the Royal Canadian Flying Corps in World War I. John Gray and Eric Peterson’s hilarious and poignant play tells the story of high-flying escapes, and love and loss on the front lines of battle. UNCG MFA Directing student Bryan Conger directs this two-man show featuring a piano player who accompanies Bishop as he regales the audience with stories of war, including all the characters he met along the way. Billy Bishop Goes to War runs March 3 through March 19, 2011. Opening Night is Thursday, March 3.

The America Play

American history is viewed through the eyes of an unnamed African-American gravedigger who bears an uncanny resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. The Founding Father, as he is known, is joined by a cast of characters who cut to the heart of black identity and white history. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, with her unique theatricality and language, exposes the gap between reality and promise. Donna Baldwin Bradby (From the Mississippi Delta, Mad at Miles, Ethel Waters: His Eye Is on the Sparrow) returns to Triad Stage to direct. The America Play runs April 28 through May 14, 2011. Opening Night is Thursday, April 28.

More information on the productions, as it is available, will be online at www.triadstage.org.

Tickets are $18 for seats to An Evening of Southern DIScomfort, Billy Bishop Goes to War and The America Play. Tickets for early performances of The SantaLand Diaries are $20 and late night performances are $15. Triad Stage MainStage Season Passholders can purchase tickets at a $3 discount. $10 Student Rush tickets are available an hour prior to curtain. Seating is general admission. The doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance for bar service inside The UpStage Cabaret space. Tickets are on sale now at the Triad Stage Box Office and online through Triad Stage’s website.

Partner Organizations:

In addition to its own productions, Triad Stage has joined together with regional artists and organizations to present a wealth of special events for its Entertainment UpStage series.

Touring Theatre of North Carolina

Touring Theatre of North Carolina, a Greensboro based touring company, comes to Triad Stage for three productions that bring to life original adaptations of literature and historical documents, calling into focus issues of culture, ethnicity and gender.

The Soloist, a stage adaptation of this year’s selection for the Greensboro Public Library’s biennial “One City, One Book”, focuses on Nathaniel Ayers, a gifted musician who once studied at Julliard and is now homeless and suffering from schizophrenia. His life alters the day he meets Los Angeles Times columnist, Steve Lopez who, in looking for a good story, discovered the true meaning of friendship and the heartbreak of mental illness. The Soloist runs October 12 through October 17, 2010. Opening Night is Wednesday, October 13.

Letters from Leokadia, an extraordinary retelling of the events that led this Polish Catholic woman to save a Jewish child while enduring anti-Semitism, bombs and extreme poverty. The events surrounding Leokadia and her child constitute a stunning Holocaust story of choice, courage and love. Letters from Leokadia runs March 24 through March 27, 2011. Opening Night is Thursday, March 24.

Kinfolks is the first of a series of stage adaptations based on the works of Southern literary masters who write about families. The series, as it unfolds, will explore familial relationships in the context of race, religion, social class and sexuality. Touring Theatre premieres the first production thanks to a grant from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Kinfolks Series runs May 19 through May 22, 2011. Opening Night is Thursday, May 19.

Josephus III: “Poetry is Life”, The Road to Release

Join Josephus III for four part series consisting of three intimate shows in The UpStage Cabaret before the Grand Finale on The MainStage and the unveiling of his latest project in the spring. See first-hand the journey of the writer, the educator, the community leader and the poet as the poetry and art grows and evolves with each show. This is a journey you do not want to miss. Josephus III: “Poetry is Life”, The Road to Release performs October 29, 2010, February 25, 2011 and April 22, 2011.

The Monti

The Triangle’s hottest literary event comes to Triad Stage with a series of shows. The Monti invites people from the community to tell personal stories without the use of notes. The result is a refreshing and intimate night filled with laughter and tears. Over the past two years, The Monti has featured stories from such notable people as Elizabeth Edwards, Julianne Malveaux, Jill McCorkle, Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Michael Malone, Sandra Hughes and more. The Monti comes to Triad Stage for three performances October 21, 2010, February 17, 2011 and April 14, 2011.

Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Paper Lantern Theatre was founded in January 2009 by six local theatre artists who wanted a place of their own to work and create in a professional environment. Producing an eclectic and diverse brand of theatre, they have collaborated with over 40 actors, designers and theatre professionals during their first season. Paper Lantern’s mission is to produce plays that provide theatre artists and their audiences an opportunity to grow through creation, collaboration and risk. Paper Lantern Theatre Company will bring two yet-to-be announced shows to The UpStage Cabaret January 20 through January 30, 2011 and July 14 through July 24, 2011.

Triad Stage and Eastern Music Festival presents The Listening Room: A Series of Intimate Concerts

Intimate concerts are the focus of this series presented by Triad Stage and the Eastern Music Festival. Six concerts with local and nationally recognized artists will bring a unique concert experience to the Triad. Kicking off The Listening Room is long time Triad Stage collaborator Laurelyn Dossett. Artists for the next five concerts will be announced at a later date. The Listening Room comes to The UpStage Cabaret October 23, 2010, October 30, 2010, February 19, 2011, February 26, 2011, April 16, 2011 and April 23, 2011.

Theatre 232

Theatre 232: A Crash Course in Entertainment is Triad Stage and University of North Carolina Greensboro Theatre’s annual summer collaboration, which includes participation by UNCG students and faculty both onstage and behind the scenes. A late night cabaret show, announced later in the season, will accompany Theatre 232’s work on The MainStage in Masquerade. Theatre 232 runs June 16 through June 25, 2011. Opening Night is Thursday, June 16, 2011.

PostScript

Join the cast of each production in Triad Stage’s MainStage season for a non-scripted, freewheeling discussion after a performance. PostScript discussions are free, open to the public and do not require attendance to The MainStage performance. PostScript is part of Triad Stage’s Theater PLUS programming dedicated to enhancing the audience’s theater-going experience. The UpStage plays host to four PostScript events in the 2010-2011 Season. The Glass Menagerie PostScript is Thursday, September 16, 2010. Educating Rita PostScript is Thursday, October 28, 2010. The Sunset Limited PostScript is Thursday, February 24, 2011. Steel Magnolias PostScript is Thursday, April 21, 2011.

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 have earned the theater accolades including “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 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.

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