Appalachian Musical Brother Wolf, a North Carolina Hit, Gets NYC Readings Sept. 18

News   Appalachian Musical Brother Wolf, a North Carolina Hit, Gets NYC Readings Sept. 18
Triad Stage, the resident Equity theatre bringing classics and new works to audiences in Greensboro, NC, will present two New York staged readings of its recent world premiere musical, Brother Wolf.

The presentations of the folk music-infused show written and directed by Triad artistic director Preston Lane will be Sept. 18 at TBG Arts Center in downtown Manhattan.

Industry members and VIPS will be in the audience.

Brother Wolf has original "mountain music" by Laurelyn Dossett. The work received its world premiere at Triad Stage in March 2006. It was one of the most successful productions in the North Carolina theatre's history.

"Mounting these readings is an opportunity to introduce the play to regional and New York based theatre professionals," according to Triad.

Brother Wolf is billed as "an Appalachian adventure...a play in five scenes and three sermons." It follows the wanderings and exploits of itinerant preacher and pioneer Brother Wolf, "a charismatic figure whose travels through the Blue Ridge bring him romance and danger as he fights monsters, mothers and fire breathing foes and struggles to protect the mountain folk who populate the territory he holds dear." In the tradition of film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," Brother Wolf blends regional folklore and classic mythology, drawing on themes from the epic poem "Beowulf," to create a distinctly American story infused with "a tapestry of original mountain music."

The reading will feature the original cast of six actors from last season's acclaimed production, plus composer Laurelyn Dossett joined by Sugar Hill recording artist Riley Baugus performing the music, as they did for the world premiere run at Triad Stage.

"From its inception, the not-for-profit regional theatre company has created productions in dialogue with the community of its home base in Greensboro, North Carolina, and mounted its plays blending the best of local and national talent," according to Triad notes. "Such works grow from local roots to become part of the chorus of unique voices forming the canon of American theatre. Regional theatres have been the incubators for some of the most original, artistically challenging and ultimately popularly embraced new work to grace Broadway and Off Broadway stages in recent years."

An "Access to Artistic Excellence" grant was awarded to Triad Stage by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, DC, to support the theatre's world premiere production. It was the only NEA grant awarded to a theatre in the state of North Carolina last season.

The Shubert Foundation made a grant to Triad Stage recently to encourage continued artistic achievement.

In addition to six mainstage plays, Triad Stage's 2006-07 season will feature the world premiere of a new holiday show, Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity, developed by the Brother Wolf creative team, Preston Lane and Laurelyn Dossett.

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