Artistic director Preston Lane announced the upcoming slate, to include the Schluner's "fresh, heartfelt play about love, time, and all the infinite directions in which two lives can travel."
Seen regionally, the play concerns Hope and Charles, "a pair of lonely twenty-somethings about to end a supremely uninspiring first date. But just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures and a life shared together come rushing to meet them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance, each moment moves with breath-taking speed." Performances play April 24-May 15, 2005.
Triad Stage kicks off its fourth season with Bus Stop by William Inge, Sept. 5-26; followed by an adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula Oct. 24-Nov. 14.
The new year brings North Star, Gloria Bond Clunie's North Carolina-set play about "Relia, an African American girl searching for her place to shine in both society and her personal life. The sit-ins that started in Greensboro have spread throughout the state and the joyous innocence of Relia's summer is transformed by the rising tensions of the growing civil rights movement. Relia's parents are hotly divided between letting her participate in the demonstrations and shielding her from the harsh realities of the civil rights struggle and their community's battle for freedom."
North Star celebrates the opening of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, a few blocks away in the former Woolworth's store where civil disobedience made international headlines. Performances run Jan. 23-Feb. 13, 2005. Eugene O'Neill's study of middle-age disappointment, boozy love and forgiveness, A Moon for the Misbegotten, plays March 6-27, 2005.
The season closes with the musical comedy, Das Barbecü, book and lyrics by Jim Luigs, music by Scott Warrender. "There’s a magical ring of gold in Texas that’s been causin' trouble for way too long and all heck is fixin' to break loose in this Wild West fable of love conquering greed. Everything's coming to a crisis as two sets of mismatched lovers meet on the day of their shotgun weddings. Three generations of characters from two feuding families, a synchronized swimming review and the aforementioned ring collide in this Off-Broadway musical hit that has five actors playing over 30 different roles in a down home comic take on Wagner's epic Ring Cycle." Performances play June 12-July 10, 2005.
For information, call (336) 272-0160, or visit www.triadstage.org.
Soon to be on stage, Hedda Gabler plays Triad April 25-May 16, followed by Driving Miss Daisy June 13-July 11.