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Jan 28 - Feb 18, 2018


Preston Lane Founding Artistic Director

Richard Whittington Founding Managing Director

The Carroll Companies presents

BEAUTIFUL STAR Written and Directed by Preston Lane Original Music and Music Direction by Laurelyn Dossett Scenic Design by Robin Vest

Costume Design by Deborah Bell

Lighting Design by Dominic Abbenante

Sound Design by Derek Graham

Resident Movement Coach Denise Gabriel

Resident Vocal Coach Christine Morris

Casting by Cindi Rush Casting

Dramaturg Kamilah Bush

Stage Manager Michelle Lauren Tuite

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Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity was commissioned and originally produced in 2006 by Triad Stage, Greensboro, NC (Preston Lane, Artistic Director; Richard Whittington, Managing Director). Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity is published by Playscripts, Inc., New York. All rights reserved.

The play is performed with a 15-minute intermission. 4


(in alphabetical order) Franklin Duncan ..........................................................................Bryant Carroll* Vernon Sparks ........................................................................... Lawrence Evans* Rev. Roy Ledbetter...................................................Carroll Michael Johnson* Shelly Ledbetter ............................................. Emma-Claire Frances Johnson Myrtle Ledbetter............................................................................ McLane Kaley Ethel Green....................................................................................... Jillian Louis* Tidence Ledbetter................................................................ Matthew McGloin* Paul Sparks ........................................................................................ Davari Moyd Linda Green ................................................................................ Lauren Redding Ricky Eggars ........................................................................................ Nick Relos◊ Vestina Ledbetter.....................................................................Cinny Strickland* The Beautiful Star Band .......................................................... Laurelyn Dossett Riley Baugus Faye Petree Stage Manager ............................................................... Michelle Lauren Tuite*

The sanctuary of the Open Heart Community Fellowship in the mountains of North Carolina. A December evening in the present day. SONGS ACT I That Beautiful Star † By His Heart and By His Hand † Back to the Garden/The Tempter † Old Ark’s A-Moverin’ I Got a Home in that Rock Climbing to Moriah † Rise Up Shepherds

ACT II Early on One Christmas Morn Be Not Afraid † Back to the Garden/Prince of all Darkness † The Stable Shed † Hush Child and Sleep † O Holy Night That Beautiful Star (reprise)

† By Laurelyn Dossett, Pleasant Garden Music, ASCAP. All others traditional. 5

Bryant Carroll* (Franklin Duncan) is excited to be returning to Beautiful Star. In the last year he has been able to check off two dream roles: “Owen Musser” in The Foreigner at Cape Playhouse and “R.P. McMurphy” in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Beck Center for the Arts. He has also had the chance to work with Dan Fogelman, the writer/producer of This Is Us, on his new film Life Itself which is due out in theaters in 2018. His film God’s Country that he co-produced and starred in has won awards in film festivals such as World Fest Houston, Outlaw Film Festival, Big Apple, Reno-Tahoe, Coney Island, Cardiff in Wales, YoFiFest, and West Coast Film Festival. This year he will have 3 shorts and a feature in festivals around the world. He has been seen on Broadway in Footloose and the 2001 revival of Hair. His TV credits include HAPPYish (Showtime), Daredevil (Netflix), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), and What Goes On (MTV). Film credits include Mr. Woodcock, High Times’ Potluck, The Challenger, The Mirror, and Starring at the Sun. Lawrence Evans* (Vernon Sparks) Triad Stage: Fences, Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2016). Regional: Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse); The Exonerated; One Man, Two Guvnors; Ruined (Florida Studio Theatre); Clybourne Park, A Soldier’s Play (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Rip.Tied (freeFall Theatre); Take Me Out (Caldwell Theatre Company); Charlotte Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Short North Stage. National tours: And Still I Rise, (written and directed by Maya Angelou); Camp Logan; The Sweet Spot. TV:  All My Children, Another World, Ryan’s Hope, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Law & Order. Film: State Property II, The Devil Wears Prada. Studied theatre at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan. Carroll Michael Johnson* (Rev. Roy Ledbetter) Triad Stage: Actions and Objectives, Common Enemy, Tennessee Playboy, Beautiful Star, A Lesson Before Dying, The Rainmaker, North Star. Local: Dearly Beloved, Moon Over The Brewery, American Buffalo, True West, A Poster of the Cosmos, Dearly Departed, The Magic City (Broach Theatre). Film/ Television: American Animals, The Jury (pilot), Ozark. Education: MFA, UNCG. Other: Adjunct professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University. Emma-Claire Frances Johnson (Shelly Ledbetter) Triad Stage: Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2015-2016). Emma-Claire is currently a 7th grade student at The Academy at Lincoln Performing Arts Magnet School in Greensboro, where she focuses her time as a member of the Lincoln Academy Orchestra. She was recently selected as member of the 2017-2018 GCS All County Orchestra for Violin.  In 2015 and 2016 she was selected as a member of the Greensboro Youth Symphony Orchestra as violinist in their Youth Camerata.  In her free time, she enjoys playing softball with a local travel softball team.  6

McLane Kaley (Myrtle Ledbetter) is a 5th grader at Jones Spanish Immersion Magnet. She loves musical theatre, photography, travel, Girl Scouts, and bugging her little sister.   Laney is a member of the Greensboro Youth Chorus and is so excited to be part of this talented cast!  Favorite past roles include “Miss Hannigan” in Annie Kids with Community Theatre of Greensboro, and “Rhoda” in Bad Seed with the Drama Center at City Arts.   Jillian Louis* (Ethel Green) is delighted to perform at Triad Stage! Broadway: It Shoulda Been You (Rebecca/Annie understudy). Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor (Ruth). Tour: Cheers (Diane). NYC/ Regional:  Walnut Street and Tour of Glass Menagerie,  Ars Nova, Theatre for the New City, American Theatre Group, St. Louis Rep, The York,  Symphony Space, North Shore, Denver Center, TheatreWorks, The Prince, The Arden, Florida Studio, many others! TV/Film: Show Me A Hero, Mount Joy, Louie. For upcoming concerts and engagements: IG:@JillianLouski | FB:@JillianLouisArtist Matthew McGloin* (Tidence Ledbetter) Triad Stage debut. OffBroadway: Bastard Jones (Cell Theatre); CasablancaBox (HERE Arts); Xanadu (Piper Theatre); Bonfire of the Vanities (Dixon Place); Absolute Amy (Abingdon Theatre). Regional: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Signature Theatre, DC); As You Like It (Folger Theatre); Misalliance, Cinderella (Olney Theatre); Faust (Synetic Theatre); On the Razzle, A Flea in Her Ear, The Ramayana (Constellation Theatre); History on Foot (Ford’s Theatre); The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Complete History of America Abridged (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Maryland Stage Company); and many world premieres at the Kennedy Center. Education: BFA Acting, University of Maryland Baltimore County. @matthew_mcgloin Davari Moyd (Paul Sparks) is a very special 10-year-old A/B honor roll student at Parkview Elementary School. His acting started 2 years ago as a showcase for his second grade class in the musical Seussical. Next his dance teacher had him audition for James and the Giant Peach with CTG, and he got the part of “James.” Davari has been in six shows, including a solo dance role in The Wizard of Oz and a “Lost Boy” in Peter Pan. He’s now excited to be in Beautiful Star! Lauren Redding (Linda Green) Triad Stage:  Beautiful Star: An Appalachian  Nativity  (2015-2016). Regional: Shrek ( Junior Theatre Festival 2017-2018),  Seussical  ( Junior Theatre Festival 2013). Local: A Serial Killer’s Daughter (Shared Radiance Theatre 2017); Annie (Alamance Repertory Theatre 2017);  Mary Poppins  (High Point Community Theatre 2016); Wizard of Oz (2012-2014), Willy Wonka 7

and the Chocolate Factory, Sleeping Beauty Kids,  The Little Mermaid Kids  (Community Theatre of Greensboro);  Annie  (High Point Community Theatre 2013). Training: Centerstage Theatre Troupe 2012-2013. Nick Relos◊ (Ricky Eggers) is in his fourth year at UNCG where he is getting his BFA in Acting. His most recent performances at UNCG include Cowboy Mouth, From Up Here, Almost Maine, and Cabaret. Other recent performances include Sweeny Todd with NC Summer Rep, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Rocky Horror Picture Show at Open Space Theatre, and South Pacific and Beautiful Star at Triad Stage. Cinny Strickland* (Vestina Ledbetter) Triad Stage: Actions and Objectives, Common Enemy, Snow Queen (2013-2014), All’s Well that Ends Well, Steel Magnolias, Providence Gap, Beautiful Star (2006-2009, 2015-2016). Other NC credits: Blue Moon Theatre Company, Paper Lantern Theatre Company, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Blowing Rock Stage Company, The Actors’ Ensemble, The Broach Theatre, Wilmington’s Dog Eat Dog Theatre. Regional: Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Monomoy Theatre, Bristol Riverside Theatre. Education: BFA-Drama, UNCSA; AB-Political Science, Princeton University. Other: guest artist, UNCSA School of Music; guest artist, Princeton University’s Theatre Intime; guest artist, Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States ◊ Faculty member, student or alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro §Member of USA (United Scenic Artists) ∞Member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, this theatre has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit


THE BEAUTIFUL STAR BAND Laurelyn Dossett (Composer/Music Director/Musician) has partnered with Preston Lane on six plays featuring regional folklore and original music:  Brother Wolf,  Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity,  Bloody Blackbeard,  Providence Gap,  Snow Queen  and  Radiunt Abundunt. Commissioned by the NC Symphony, she composed and performed “The Gathering: A Winter’s Tale in Six Songs” in 2011. A song from Brother Wolf, “Anna Lee,” was featured on Levon Helm’s Grammywinning record Dirt Farmer; her song “Leaving Eden” is the title track of the Grammynominated recording by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She is currently writing the songs for a new play called Leaving Eden with playwright Mike Wiley, which will premiere at Playmakers Rep in April 2018. She has received the Betty Cone Medal of Arts and the NC Arts Council Fellowship for songwriting. She lives in Greensboro, NC. Riley Baugus (Musician) first came to music through his family. His father had left his roots in the mountains of North Carolina in the search for work, settling near Winston-Salem and bringing with him a love of old time music. Riley started playing banjo at 10 years old, on an instrument that he and his father built from some scrap wood. He spent most of his early years honing his skills as a musician, singer and storyteller by spending time with many traditional players from the Blue Ridge Mountains. While working as a Weldor/Blacksmith, Riley was asked to build the banjos for the film Cold Mountain and to work as the singing voice for the character “Pangle”. This opened many doors, allowing him to perform his music for a larger audience. More recently, Riley can be heard playing on recordings with Willie Nelson, and on the Grammy Award winning “Raising Sand” with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Riley continues to travel, perform, teach and make banjos. Faye Petree  (Musician) Raised on the family farm in WinstonSalem, North Carolina, Faye was  mostly steeped in campfire jams of traditional Bluegrass music. That, alongside a little helping of classical training, some experimental improv and her old soul, Faye has become versed in Americana music of every genre. All of which has made for a unique mash and manifested appearances with acts across the universe. Fiddlin’ Faye ( now lives in Atlanta, Georgia and has just released a collaborative record with her newest project, The GMOS. Hear the music and share in the adventures at In her down time, she enjoys aeronautical pyrotechnics, yodeling, getting down on the farm, glamping and walking waterfalls.


Preston Lane◊∞ (Playwright, Director & Triad Stage Founding Artistic Director) Preston grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina with Appalachian ancestry stretching all the way back to Tidence Lane, the first Baptist preacher in what would become Tennessee. His childhood dream was to live in a NC Piedmont city where he could hear trains and interact daily with such big city trappings as revolving doors and escalators. He frequently checked out recorded plays on albums from the old Watauga County Public Library and spent many afternoons listening to Marat/Sade, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and A Streetcar Named Desire. His central conflict as a child was that on Saturday evenings his parents wanted to watch The Lawrence Welk Show and he wanted to watch Hee Haw. This conflict still dominates much of his work. Besides a brief fascination with being a dump truck driver, Preston never considered any other career than as a theater maker. He became aware of himself as an artist at UNCSA, developed a passion for visual storytelling at Yale School of Drama, and is deeply indebted to a long line of collaborative partners. He is also thankful for amazing teachers from Miriam Darnell, Sandra Daye, John Foster West, Yury Belov, Earle Gister, Barney Hammond, Lesley Hunt, Ming Cho Lee, Nick Martin and many many others. Preston is honored to pass on the tradition they entrusted to him to the next generation. Gerald Freedman took him under his wing and Richard Hamburger gave him his first real job and mentored him. He founded Triad Stage with Rich Whittington to explore how theater can engage with a community. He’s directed nearly 100 shows, written almost a dozen, and is an honorary citizen of Hawboro, NC. He believes that theater can make our community stronger by exploring stories that unite and challenge us. Preston is grateful to be a theater maker in North Carolina. Robin Vest§ (Scenic Designer) Triad Stage: South Pacific, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (2015-2016), Abundance, Crimes of the Heart, All’s Well that Ends Well, Mirandolina, The Rainmaker, Dracula, The Diary of Anne Frank, Brother Wolf (2006); The Little Foxes,  Bell, Book and Candle,  Black Pearl Sings. NYC: MTC, MCC, Playwright’s Horizons, Lincoln Center LCT3, Second Stage Uptown, Juilliard’s Drama Division, Barnard, TACT, Clubbed Thumb, 13p, and WET. Regional:  Yentl  (Cleveland Playhouse);  Animal Crackers (The Goodman); The Mystery of Irma Vep (The Old Globe); Animal Crackers, One Slight Hitch, The Bluebird, A Servant to Two Masters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Hansel and Gretel  (Washington National Opera);  Ariadne Auf Naxos  (Utah Opera, Vancouver Opera); It Pays to Advertise (Yale Rep). Education: Yale School of Drama. Other: Faculty for Guilford College’s Theatre Studies program. Deborah Bell◊  (Costume Designer) Triad Stage:  Beautiful Star (2015-2016), Actions and Objectives, Brother Wolf, Tennessee Playboy, Doubt, North Star, Proof, A Lesson Before Dying, The Caretaker. Regional:  Damn Yankees,  The Gondoliers,  H.M.S. Pinafore,  Rags  (Seaside Music Theatre);  Cannery Row, Children of Eden  (The Western Stage);  As You Like It  (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). UNCG: Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Death and The King’s Horsemen, Lakmé. Other: Author of Mask Makers and Their Craft (2010-reprinted 2014) and editor of Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide (2015) with McFarland & Company where it has been listed as one of their best-selling books in the Pop Culture category. She has exhibited design work at the Prague Quadrennial.


Dominic Abbenante (Lighting Designer) is a faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill in the Department of Dramatic Art. He teaches classes on lighting design and media design. He is the resident Media Designer for PlayMakers Repertory Company as well as the Lighting and Video Supervisor. Dominic has BA degrees in both Theatre and Social Science Education from Indiana State University. He holds an MFA degree in Lighting Design from San Diego State University. Dominic’s media designs for PlayMakers mainstage include, Intimate Apparel, The May Queen and Love Alone. PlayMakers lighting designs include productions of  A Christmas Carol,  Draw The Circle,  The Real Americans, Violet, From Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam, Guys and Dolls, Wrestling Jerusalem, Rodney King, Hairspray, Mike Daisy’s The Story of the Gun. Other local designs include Sweeeney Todd (UNC Greensboro at Triad Stage), She Kills Monsters, Misalliance, In The Red And Brown Water, Woyzeck, Boeing Boeing, Godspell (Guilford College), Silhouettes of Service, Kith and Kin, and Ice Music (UNC). Derek Graham (Sound Designer) is a native of Jamaica, Queens, NY and is making his debut with Triad Stage this season. Over the years, Derek has worked on multiple productions as a sound designer, audio engineer, and composer, holding an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Ohio University’s School of Dance, Film, and Theater. Since obtaining his degree in 2015, he has designed sound for Dobama Theatre, North Street Playhouse, and Karamu House on An Octoroon, Edgar: I Nothing Am, and Believe in Cleveland, respectively. Derek’s previous sound design credits include Dauphin Island (World Premiere), Living the Dream: A Combat Concert, Gruesome Playground Injuries, and Crooked. He has also served as a sound design assistant on the world premieres of Family Album (Stew and Heidi Rodewald) and The Great Society (Robert Schenkkan) at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2014), and supervised sound for The Lost Colony (2015). Denise Gabriel◊ (Resident Movement Coach) At Triad Stage since 2009 where she has been movement coach on numerous productions including Actions and Objectives, Don Juan, Radiunt Abundunt, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Snow Queen, and The Glass Menagerie. In 2015 she joined Living Pictures, UK as an Artistic Associate. Co-producing credits in Triad’s Upstage Cabaret include: Diary of a Madman (Robert Bowman, Living Pictures UK) and Desire Under the Elms (Abrahamse-Meyer Theatre Company and Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival) Other credits include: Resident Movement Director at Alabama Shakespeare Festival (over 30 productions); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors (Old Globe Theatre); Alchemy of Desire/Deadman’s Blues and King Lear (Cincinnati Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet, The Three Sisters and Nora (Clarence Brown Theatre); Ascension Day (Working Theatre NY). International: Shanghai Theatre, Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg Austria, and Artscape Theatre Center and Dance for All (Cape Town South Africa). Denise is an Associate Professor at UNCG, a founding board member of American Theatre for Movement Educators, and Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Christine Morris◊ (Resident Vocal Coach) At Triad Stage since 2006, where coaching has included dialects for  The Glass Menagerie,  Shipwrecked,  Snow Queen,  Dirty Blonde,  Abundance  and many others, and voice/text for  All’s Well That Ends Well. Other coaching: A Thousand Clowns (starring Tom Selleck); Kudzu (with The Red Clay Ramblers); and Sheridan’sThe Critic at American Players Theatre in Wisconsin. Also an actor, she was most recently seen at Triad Stage as Dr. Mildred Grant in Actions and Objectives. Other roles at Triad include Silda Grauman in Other Desert Cities, Taw Avery in New Music: Better Days, Cordie 11

Grindstaff in Providence Gap; Marthy Owen in Anna Christie and Mme. Pernelle in Tartuffe. This past summer she performed in the inaugural season of NC Summer Rep, doubling as Old Lady/Blair Daniels in Sunday in the Park with George . Christine is an Associate Professor of Theatre at UNCG and holds memberships in the Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Cindi Rush (Casting Director) New York: Silence! The Musical, My Mother’s Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding (NYMF Winner 2010), Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Incredibly Deaf Musical, Bonnie and Clyde, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Six Dance Lessons, The Thing About Men, Urinetown, The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Festival. Regional: Penguin Rep, Triad Stage, Act II Playhouse, Arena Stage, Goodman, Humanafest. Film: Ghoul, The Woman (Top 9 Sundance 2011), In the Family, Offspring, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, Headspace. Tours: “Barney”, “Curious George”, “Kidz Bop.” Kamilah Bush (Dramaturg & Artistic Apprentice) is a graduate of The University of North Carolina where she earned a BFA in Theatre Education. This is her second season with Triad Stage. She is also the new co-artistic director of Paper Lantern Theatre for Our Tomorrow. She grew up in Gastonia, NC and there she fostered her love for theatre. A Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival award-winning playwright, her play What. was produced by the Bennett Players at Bennett College and she was a finalist in the Quicksilver Playwrights of Color Summit 2017. Michelle Lauren Tuite* (Stage Manager) Triad Stage debut. Off-Broadway: CAUGHT (The Play Company); Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Underground). Regional: Fireflies, Still Life with Iris, Disgraced, Our Town (Long Wharf Theatre); Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Ivoryton Playhouse); Calendar Girls, South Pacific, Memphis, La Cage Aux Folles (Ivoryton Playhouse); Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse). Tours: Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA). Richard Whittington◊ (Triad Stage Founding Managing Director) has served as Managing Director of Triad Stage since its inception. Rich earned an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama and has a BFA in Acting and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College. Rich served for nine years on the board of the NC Arts Council, where he participated as a member of the Executive Committee. He has previously served on the boards of ArtsNC and Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and has served on numerous grant panels. Rich has taught Theatre Management at Greensboro College and NC A&T University and has guest lectured at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and UNCG. A native of Dallas, Texas, Rich served as Artistic Administrator for the Dallas Theater Center and Associate Producer of Dallas’ The Big D Festival of the Unexpected. His experience also includes work at the Roundabout Theatre in New York and StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2010, Preston and Rich were honored with Downtown Greensboro, Inc.’s J. Edward Kitchen Leadership Award. In 2013, they received the Adelaide F. Holderness/H. Michael Weaver Award from UNCG for distinguished public service. Rich was a 2016 Artist in Residence at UNCG.


Director ’s Note One of the first things I learned about working in the professional regional theater is that Christmas comes early. While everyone else is still thinking about what to wear for Halloween, I’ve spent most of the last 15 Octobers of my life either in Victorian England with some guy named Scrooge, at Macy’s dressed up as an elf, searching a magical land for The Snow Queen or with the fine folks at a small Church in a fictional town someplace in the mountains I am proud to call home. I have been fascinated by the English Mystery Cycles since I first discovered them in 1995. My first attempt to adapt them for the Appalachian region was in a play called Wondrous Love. It was long and unwieldy, and after the first and only reading of the play, I thought I was through with the Mystery Cycle. But the Mystery Plays, full of faith and majesty, have stayed with me. The language, rich with alliteration and surprisingly real, has shaped all my subsequent writing. But I knew I wanted to do more with them than simply restage them. I had to find a way to make the plays my own with a framework allowing us to know the people doing the plays. The church and the congregation I imagined was a fantasy of sorts. It was the church I would like to stumble into on a winter’s evening. A spirit filled place, where everyone, wounded somehow, can be healed. And where everyone is accepted, believer or not, into a family. It gives me great joy to stumble into that church again, to find my old friends waiting, as joyous as ever with stories to tell. Throughout the writing of the play, I thought a lot about my Aunt Shirley who decided in the mid-nineties that she would write and stage her own Christmas play in her basement. The cast was comprised of my family (all but me making their stage debut) and a few folks from her church. It was a three-year experiment in theatrical folk art. Every minute was crafted by Aunt Shirley with absolute love for the story she had to tell. And every year, there came a moment when the play transcended the basement of that 60s ranch house to become something bigger −something made out of faith. I imagine that moment happened sometimes, too, as the pageant wagons rolled through streets of medieval York and the fishmongers and shipwrights and carpenters performed their plays to celebrate their spirit. And it’s that moment I’ve come searching for again in this blending of Bible stories, medieval plays and contemporary Appalachia. We’re thrilled to invite you back to the Open Heart Fellowship. Welcome home.


During Medieval times, the presence of the Roman Catholic Church was palpable in personal and family life, politics, and business. With a thriving belief system coupled with the power and authority of the early church, religious-themed dramas gained in popularity. As a result, short liturgical dramas were presented in the church. Performed in Latin, the official language of the Roman Catholic Church in England, the plays featured short Bible stories such as Daniel in the Lion’s Den, the Ten Virgins, and Mary’s visit to an empty tomb. During the thirteenth century, perhaps to produce more elaborate plays, various guilds began presenting Medieval Mystery plays outside of the church. The variant authors of Mystery plays uniformly discarded the language associated with the Church of England to favor the peoples’ common vernacular. Originally in Latin, Mystery plays were a cycle of plays that covered a range of biblical accounts from the Creation of humankind to the Final Judgment of humanity. Dramatizing biblical events such as the Fall of Lucifer, the Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, Abraham and Isaac, the coming of Christ, and the Final Judgment were common stories explored. During Medieval times, Guilds were an important element of the city’s cultural and economic structure. During the tenth century, Merchant Guilds developed to protect personal property such as wagons, horses, and goods when traveling rough terrains. Similarly, a more specialized group of craftsmen formed Craft Guilds. Hence, bakers, carpenters, and cloth makers, for example, could join a specialized guild to receive protection and mutual aid. Committed to public service, it was not unusual for guilds to be responsible for producing an episode within a complete cycle. For example, the

The prophet Daniel in the lion’s den (Dan. 6:16-17). Amiens Cathedral - The West Facade Prophet Quatrefoils 14

‘Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene at the Empty Tomb’, artist unknown

Cailleau, Hubert: Valenciennes mystery play. Setting for the Valenciennes mystery play, miniature by Hubert Cailleau, 1547; in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.

The Last Judgement, fresco by Michelangelo, 1533–41; in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican, Rome.

shipbuilders and the seamen might tell the story of Noah and the Ark, the goldsmiths might stage Three Kings, and the bakers might present the Last Supper. Artistically, through this integration, guilds were able to support their faith while also showcasing their trade proficiency. By working collaboratively to stage standalone plays featured in a larger cycle, an entire community was involved in producing and marketing the Mystery play cycles. Hence, festivals became occasions for social interactions and reflection; during the feast of Corpus Christi, for example, staged Mystery cycles served as a reminder of the life, sacrifice, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In tandem with many festivals in the Middle Ages, the mystery plays thrived on bookends such as the Alpha and Omega, Genesis and Revelation, and the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Notably, characteristics of the episodic structure, which is the foundation of modern drama, can be uncovered in cycle plays. Well-known surviving full cycle plays from England include the York plays (a cycle of 48 plays), Wakefield plays (a cycle of 32 plays) and the Chester plays (a cycle of 24 plays). Similar to Preston Lane’s Beautiful Star: an Appalachian Nativity, the plays were set during biblical times, yet featured modernized characteristics. In the York cycle plays, for example, the Biblical character Cain was portrayed as a Yorkshire farmer. In addition to utilizing modern costumes, the Mystery plays also featured comedic story plots and spectacle to advance the narrative and make the characters more accessible. The Medieval Mystery plays highlight collaborative storytelling, artistry, and community. Building upon this rich history, Triad Stage is proud to invite audiences to experience Beautiful Star: an Appalachian Nativity. 15

Composer ’s Note I was raised in one of those families that kept the dictionary in the kitchen so we could use it to resolve suppertime disputes. You know the type. Fussing over spelling, nuances of meaning, Latin origins. In my family the Bible was in the kitchen, too, as a ready daily reference for whatever issue might arise. I’m still an avid dictionary reader, but I hadn’t dipped into the Bible for a while. That is, not until Beautiful Star. For several sleepless weeks in the fall of 2006, I found myself again at the kitchen table with a Bible and a dictionary, this time a rhyming dictionary, trying to come up with new and original songs about some very well-known old stories. The Bible does not offer a lot of detail about the thoughts or emotions of its characters, and because thoughts and emotions are the stuff of good songs, I had to make that part up. I wondered what Sarah thought about Isaac heading up the mountain with Abraham. I wondered what Lucifer was thinking when he decided to turn against God. I wondered about the innkeeper that turned Mary and Joseph away. And I wondered what Mary, knowing all she knew about her son’s future, would sing to him as a lullaby. The 2017 Beautiful Star Band welcomes back two local musicians of national renown. Riley Baugus has been in every production of Brother Wolf over the years, including our first collaboration with Preston Lane. And Faye Petree is back - she has been in several iterations of Beautiful Star and Snow Queen. Playing music with these two is like having Homecoming Sunday for a whole month! I love being a member of the Open Heart Community Fellowship congregation.  Thank you for joining us. All are welcome here.



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Striving to constantly challenge ourselves, we reserve the right to take artistic risks and make mistakes.


Triad Stage delights in the imaginative process. We uphold freedom of expression as indispensable to the power of imagination.


As individuals are united in their shared experience of the theatrical event, strangers become friends, common ground is discovered, and dialogue begins. In imagining the lives of others, our capacity for empathy is strengthened.


Theater is a valuable part of a lifetime of learning. Our work and the dialogue it creates should spark curiosity and inspire creative ways of thinking for our artists, staff and audience.


Our community’s varied diversity must not only reflect itself in Triad Stage’s casting and staffing, but also in the selection of the stories we choose to tell.


We celebrate and encourage an artistic process rooted in collaboration. We seek to mirror this process in all aspects of our operations and actively seek partnerships with other organizations to benefit the well-being of our communities.


We are committed to revitalizing our historic downtowns by greatly enhancing the cultural life of the Piedmont Triad through entertainment and by providing an economic impact benefiting other area businesses.


By placing the best of Southern writing in juxtaposition with classic and contemporary world drama, we foster a unique Southern voice, allowing our audience the pride of saying, “This theater is ours.”


We seek to play a leading role in the North Carolina arts community. We actively work to create an artistic home for artists with North Carolina connections and to provide a bridge to the profession for emerging artists.


Triad Stage began as a dream... Co-founders Preston Lane and Richard Whittington forged their artistic partnership as graduate students at the Yale School of Drama. After managing a theater in Connecticut for two years, they undertook the three-year task of opening their own theater in the heart of historic Greensboro. In September 1999, Triad Stage purchased the former Montgomery Ward building, which had been built in 1936 and sat vacant for almost 40 years. Renovations transformed the five-story building into a world-class theater center now called The Pyrle Theater, complete with a 300-seat theater and thrust stage, rehearsal hall, offices, two spacious lobbies and other audience amenities. Photo courtesy of Greensboro Historical Museum

The Grand Opening took place in January 2002 with Tennessee Williams’ modern classic Suddenly Last Summer.

In 2008, Triad Stage finished a second round of renovations to The Pyrle. A scene shop annex was added in the basement. The top floor underwent major construction to create the 90-seat UpStage Cabaret performance space, the Sloan Rehearsal Hall, and the studio and office facilities of WUNC Public Radio’s new Greensboro Bureau. In 2011, Triad Stage purchased a 30,000 square foot building near the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to serve as the theater’s new production facility, relocating its scene, costume and properties shops as well as its warehouse. In 2013, with significant support from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Triad Stage announced a major expansion of programming to be produced at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Now in its 17th season, Triad Stage has over 3,000 Season Passholders and more than 700 annual donors. The company has received accolades on national, state and local levels, including being named “One of the 10 Most Promising Emerging Theatre Companies” by the American Theatre Wing and “One of the Best Regional Theaters in America” by the Drama League of New York. Triad Stage has been voted the Triad’s “Best Live Theater” by the readers of the News & Record’s GoTriad thirteen years in a row and named “Professional Theatre of the Year” by the North Carolina Theatre Conference in 2003 and 2011. Its production of Tobacco Road was listed among the “Best of 2007” by The Wall Street Journal, its production of The Glass Menagerie was named “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” by Triangle Arts & Entertainment, and 2012’s production of Reynolds Price’s New Music trilogy was named among the “Best Productions” of the year in Triangle Theatre by Independent Weekly. 18

House Rules and Other Helpful Information •

Food and beverages purchased at the lobby bar are allowed inside the theater, but we ask that you are respectful of your fellow audience members and enjoy them quietly.

Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the building.

Latecomers are seated at the discretion of the House Manager.

Personal electronic devices, including cellular phones, must be turned off prior to the performance.

Listening assistance devices are available at the Box Office.

Photographing or sound recording of the performance is expressly prohibited by law. So, no cameras or recorders, please. Your cooperation is appreciated.

For the enjoyment of all audience members, every attendee must have a ticket and sit in his or her own seat (no “babes in arms” or children in laps).

Thank you for respecting all Triad Stage facilities. If you have any questions, please ask the bartender, House Manager or a Box Office Associate for clarification.

Triad Stage is very proud of the name of our theater building — The Pyrle Theater — made possible by a generous donation by Tobee and Leonard Kaplan in honor of Tobee’s mother, Pyrle Gibson.

Pyrle Gibson (1909-2000) was a

woman with a great sense of humor, who found goodness in all people and beauty in the world around her. Her family always came first in her life and with them she shared her love of theater, music and the thrill of sports. The theater is named for her in loving memory by the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the Kaplan family with whom she shared her love, wisdom and joy of life. 19



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Officers Dabney Sanders, Chair Chris Hobson, Chair Elect Leigh Ann Klee, Treasurer Kate Barrett, Secretary Mindy Oakley, Immediate Past Chair Linda Sloan, Founding Chair Frankie Jones, Jr., At-Large Erica Parker, At-Large Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director

Artistic Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director Sarah Hankins, Associate Artistic Director Lauren Smith, Learning Director Kamilah Bush, Artistic Apprentice Administration Richard Whittington, Founding Managing Director Jason Bogden, General Manager Ramon Perez, Company Manager Bobby Pittman, Facilities/Rentals Coordinator Justin Nichols, Development Manager Tiffany Albright, Marketing Manager Stacy Calfo, Graphic Designer Kathryn Knoerl, Administrative Apprentice

Members at Large Vanessa Carroll, Karen Dyer, Deborah Hayes, Tomasita Jacubowitz, George Johnson, Leslie Marus, Cathleen McKinney, John Poole, Margaret Penn, Justin Outling, Cissy Parham, Nancy Peterson, Todd Rangel, Paul Russ, Adrian Smith, Kathleen Smith, Tom Styers, Steve Sumerford, Lydia Vaughan

Audience Services Sherry Barr, Director of Audience Services Olivia Langford, Box Office Manager Martha Latta, Mary Reading, Box Office Managers on Duty Josh Kellum, Box Office & Lobby Bar Associate Hailee Mason, Clarice Weiseman, Box Office Associates

Winston-Salem Advisory Council Lydia Vaughan, Chair Mary Walker Fry, Drew Hancock, Joia Johnson, Susan Little, Cathleen McKinney, Angie Murphrey, Tog Newman, Randi Palmer, Gordon Peterson, Nancy Peterson, Milton Rhodes, Keith Vaughan

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Greensboro Advisory Council Judy Wicker, Chair Hayes Clement, Ralph Davison, Sandra Hughes, Lesley Hunt, Ron Johnson, Ancella Livers, Dennis Quaintance, Sylvia Samet, Joy Shavitz, Tom Sloan, Harrison Turner, Alan Tutterow


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