Theater

Tennessee Playboy is a new play written and adapted by Preston Lane, set to debut at Triad Stage.
Triad Stage

A stranger staggers into an East Tennessee truck stop with a tale of murder. So begins the play Tennessee Playboy, premiering at Triad Stage next week. Host Frank Stasio talks with Triad Stage artistic director Preston Lane about his original adaptation of J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Plus, the cast performs a scene.

A scene from a Lost Colony performance.
The Lost Colony

The North Carolina outdoor drama The Lost Colony has been tapped for a 2013 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.  With 75 seasons under its belt, the yearly production on Roanoke Island began in the summer of 1937 and has continued almost every year since. It is the longest-running symphonic drama in the country. This video shows clips from the play:

Andrew Rannells, 'The Book of Mormon'
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The Durham Performing Arts Center has announced what it calls its biggest season ever.  The Tony Award winning musical “The Book of Mormon” is singing its way to Durham in February 2014.

The Aliens

Jan 23, 2013
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Two 30-somethings talk in obscurity about music, philosophy and Charles Bukowski while their lives pass them by. But when a teenager enters their life and becomes their student, everything changes.

"The Aliens" is showing at the UpStage Cabaret at Triad Stage through January 27. Host Frank Stasio talks about the production with director Jonathan Brady; and actors Sterling Hurst and Owen Hickle-Edwards.

Manbites Dog Theater has been a Durham institution for 25 years now, bringing offbeat works to curious audiences, and fostering other theater groups as they struggle for a foothold. As part of its birthday celebration, the theater company is presenting “Seventy Scenes of Halloween,” the first production to premiere at the theater in 1987.

The Leader

Oct 26, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are butting heads in the weeks leading up to the November elections. Their clash is to decide who will lead this nation. But what are the qualities that

determine an effective leader? And is following a leader even a good thing? These are some of the questions explored in Bare Theatre’s production of “The Leader,” an absurdist play by Eugene

City of Frogs

Aug 10, 2012

Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been delighting audiences with their giant puppets for thirteen years.

For their new season, they’ve created a show called “City of Frogs” that explores mortality and love. The show opens tonight at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill. Paperhand Puppet Intervention founders Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman join host Frank Stasio to talk about the creative inspiration for their new show.

What does it take to send a 62-year-old man away from everything he knows to become a hermit on the coast of North Carolina? That’s the subject of a new play at the Paramount Theater in Burlington.

Let Them Be Heard

Jun 6, 2012

Between 1936-1938, the Works Progress Administration hired unemployed writers to collect stories from more than 2,000 former slaves. These stories created the Slave Narrative Project, a compilation of personal histories from the last generation of slaves in the United States.

Ntozake Shange’s 1977 choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” rocked audiences when it was initially staged in California and later on Broadway. It has since been performed on stage countless times around the world and was recently adapted into a film directed by Tyler Perry.

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