NC's Triad Stage Will Premiere a Country-Flavored Playboy in 2013; Season Announced

By Kenneth Jones
May 29, 2012

Triad Stage, the Equity company that performs on a thrust stage carved out of a former department store in downtown Greensboro, NC, will present the world premiere of Tennessee Playboy — artistic director Preston Lane's music-filled adaptation of The Playboy of the Western World — in the 2012-13 season.



J.M. Synge's original 1907 Irish classic involves a stranger who keeps a community rapt with his lurid tale of patricide. Lane's work is billed as a "redneck romance" that is "freely adapted" from the famous play.

Tennessee Playboy, planned for June 9-30, 2013, will close the company's 12th season.

"It's just another rainy night at a 24-hour truck stop in East Tennessee when a stranger staggers in with a shocking tale of a murder most foul," according to Triad's season announcement. "He killed his father, he claims — knocked him over the head and left him for dead. Desperate, Chuck Macadie begs for a place to hide. His story is so thrilling and his deed so daring that instead of turning him over to the law, the locals embrace him as hero. But his fortunes change when his 'dead' father suddenly appears. This world-premiere adaptation is a celebration of first love, tall tales and second chances."

Lane said in a statement, "We're setting Tennessee Playboy at the tail end of the 20th century in East Tennessee. The play is going to be punctuated with a great musical score — not provided by live musicians — but by the jukebox located on the truck stop stage set which plays the great, classic country music of the 1970s."

The new Triad season (playing September 2012-June 2013) will also feature Alice Childress' Trouble in Mind; Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment —The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself); Tennessee Williams' rarely seen Kingdom of Earth; an inventive small-cast version of the musical My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; Preston Lane's adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

To learn more, visit TriadStage.org.