Triad artistic director Preston Lane directs the drama. Set designer Howard C. Jones has turned the stage floor into a wall-to-wall carpet of real sod, burned out by a long, hot summer. Some patrons will walk across the parched earth to get to their seats.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a handsome stranger who arouses the dreams and scorn of women in a 1950s Kansas town around Labor Day will open Sept. 11 and continue to Sept. 27.
The play launches the ninth season of the resident Equity theatre in North Carolina.
Picnic is the second play by William Inge to be produced by Triad Stage. The first was Bus Stop in September 2004. Lane's cast includes performers from the New York area and the Triad area: Lorraine Shackelford as Helen Potts, Joe Tippett as Hal, Cheryl Koski as Millie, Philip Eggers as Bomber, Meg Steedle as Madge, Elisabeth Ritson as Flo Owens, Amy da Luz as Rosemary, Matthew Carlson as Alan, Joby Lee Strachan as Irma Kronkite, Emily Mark as Christine Schoenwalder and James Crawford as Howard Bevans.
The production team also includes costume designer Kelsey Hunt, lighting designer John Wolf, sound designer David E. Smith, dramaturg Drew Barker, dialect coach Christine Morris, fight director Jim Wren, choreographer Donna Baldwin Bradby, casting director Cindi Rush, stage manager Eric Tysinger and assistant stage manager is Christy Weikel.
For more information visit www.triadstage.org.