Honoring Matriarch of Local Theatre Patrons, NC's Triad Stage Re-Names Home

News   Honoring Matriarch of Local Theatre Patrons, NC's Triad Stage Re-Names Home
Triad Stage, the resident Equity company on Greensboro, North Carolina, announced that its building located at 232 South Elm Street will be named The Pyrle Theater in honor of Pyrle Gibson.

The award winning theatre company will now be referred to as Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater. The naming will be commemorated officially during Triad Stage's 2006-07 season opener The Diary of Anne Frank, Sept. 3-24.

Pyrle Gibson was the mother of Tobee Wynne Kaplan, wife of Leonard Kaplan, and the grandmother of Randall Kaplan, who is married to Kathy Manning. Manning has served as vice chair of the Triad Stage board of trustees since its inception.

All are Greensboro residents and have been supporters of the professional regional theatre since its inception. Pyrle Gibson, "who was known for her wit and spunky personality, worked and volunteered at the High Point Arts Council for many years."

"My mother was an upbeat, optimistic person whose enthusiasm for Greensboro and its surroundings was delightfully infectious," said daughter Tobee Kaplan, in a statement. "We are delighted to associate her name with a theatre that has brought so much joy and vitality to our community."

The Kaplan family has played a significant role in the building and growth of Triad Stage. They were charter participants in the theatre's original capital campaign, which made possible the purchase and renovation of the theatre's home in the former Montgomery Ward building in the downtown historic district, according to Triad. They have continued their support as major donors to the Triad Stage annual fund. The family was instrumental in the recent retirement of the theatre's start-up debt last year.

In conjunction with the naming of the building, the theatre will also complete renovation of its public face by erecting a long planned marquee to enhance the South Elm Street entry. The marquee takes the form of a canopy, which provides shelter extending from the current front wall, and will include a lit vertical sign, plus sidewalk lighting and architectural lighting features.

"The centerpiece will hold a pearlescent globe surrounded by lettering spelling out the building' new name," according to Triad.

The renovation will be completed over the summer.


Triad Stage is a not-for-profit regional theatre based in Greensboro's downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in Greensboro using a combination of local and national talent.

The 279-seat thrust space has been home to classics, contemporary works, international titles, musicals and world premieres in the young company's five seasons.

Visit www.triadstage.org.

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