North Carolina's Newest Equity Troupe Has Goldoni's Mirandolina, Set in '50s Italy

News   North Carolina's Newest Equity Troupe Has Goldoni's Mirandolina, Set in '50s Italy Triad Stage, the new professional resident theatre of Greensboro, NC, opens its first full season Sept. 6 with artistic director Preston Lane's adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's Mirandolina.

Triad Stage, the new professional resident theatre of Greensboro, NC, opens its first full season Sept. 6 with artistic director Preston Lane's adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's Mirandolina.

The Equity company premiered in January and offered a half-season of five works and now begins its 2002-03 schedule that will offer year-round programming (seven plays) under the guidance of Lane, the former Dallas Theater Center artistic associate known for A Christmas Carol and Inexpressible Island in the Lone Star State.

This adaptation is taken from the classic 1751 play, La locandiera, by Carlo Goldoni, who sought to use unscripted commedia dell'arte conventions in his written texts. Director Lane sets the play in the Italy of the late 1950s — the Italy Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. Every man who meets Mirandolina falls in love with her, but what happens when she meets a man who has sworn to hate all women?

Opening is set for Sept. 10, with performances running to Sept. 29.

The cast includes Robin Chadwick as the Marquis, Mark H. Dold as the Captain, Richard Fullerton as the Count, Ibi Janko as Mirandolina, Steven Roten as Fabrizio and Henry Vick as the Valet. Designers are Robin Vest (scenic), K. April Soroko (costumes), Les Dickert (lighting), Amy Kingsley (sound).

Single tickets range $10-$35. All performances are at Triad Stage’s 300-seat thrust stage theatre located at 232 South Elm Street, in historic downtown Greensboro, NC, between Market and Washington Streets.

Show times are 7:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, and 8 PM Friday-Saturday evenings, with 2 PM Sunday matinees.

For tickets, call the Triad Stage Box Office at (336) 272 0160.

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Artistic director Lane is a native of Boone, NC. He received his BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Triad Stage's inaugural early 2002 slate included Suddenly Last Summer, Julie's Dance, Crumbs From the Table of Joy, Baby With the Bathwater and The Mystery of Irma Vep. The goal of the company is to use local and national talent for a seven-work season, including two shows in a summer series. Expected beyond Mirandolina are Romulus Linney's social drama, A Lesson Before Dying; Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs; Reynolds Price's Southern romantic drama, August Snow; a commissioned world-premiere farce; and summer 2003 stagings of Art by Yasmina Reza and Angel Street by Patrick Hamilton.

For more information about Triad Stage, visit www.triadstage.org.

— By Kenneth Jones