Director Eleanor Holdridge quipped in production notes, "Preston has a caustic wit that really lends itself to this role. He, of course, is not quite like Lloyd in real life, but we know he has the acting chops to deliver an interpretation of this character like no one else can."
The Noises Off title proved so popular at the resident theatre in Greensboro, NC, that an extra week has been added, taking the production to Feb. 18. Performances begin Jan. 21.
The cast of the backstage comedy about a group of third-rate British troupers includes Jason Asprey as Garry Lejeune, Paige Berry as Poppy Norton-Taylor, Alan Cook as Selsdon Mowbray, Jesse Presler as Tim Allgood, Emily Rieder as Brooke Ashton, Joan Rosenfels as Dottie Otley, John Windsor-Cunningham as Fredrick Fellowes and Brandy Zarle as Belinda Blair.
The creative team includes scenic designer Fred Kinney, costume designer Kelsey Hunt, lighting designer Les Dickert and sound designer Kimberly Fuhr.
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Preston Lane is co-founder and founding artistic director of Triad Stage, where he has directed 20 productions and appeared in the theatre's one-man holiday shows The SantaLand Diaries and A Dickens of a Christmas. Noises Off marks the first time in 10 years that he has acted with other people. 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.