I don’t divulge much about myself in this paper. Every time the staff column falls to me, I groan. I trash the clips of my first person stories. I’ve even developed a mild allergy to the upper case “I” and it’s giving me fits. But I’m trying to get over it. So this week I bring it all back to me. Starting with this factoid: The first time I worked with Preston Lane — my eventual boss and current artistic director at Greensboro’s Triad Stage — was in a Dallas Theatre Center production of The Night of the Iguana. Lane brings that show to Greensboro this Sunday, when previews start at the Pyrle Theatre.
After Tuesday’s performance, the designers and director will conduct Technically Talking, a free event offering insight into the design and production process. I did this a handful of times at Triad Stage, but I didn’t enjoy it. What can I say? Not a public speaker.
I betcha didn’t know that I’ve been hanging out at Elsewhere in Greensboro this week with Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, the two halves of Guerra de la Paz. If you want to meet them too, come to Elsewhere on Friday for the official opening of a site-specific installation made from Elsewhere’s vast clothing collection.
If you’re a member, you can get a sneak peak on Wednesday. If you’re a gardener, you can root around in the alley on Saturday.
If you’re a dramatic high school student (and who isn’t?), Community Theatre of Greensboro wants you to try out for Into the Woods, Jr. on Wednesday at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. This item doesn’t really have anything to do with me. I graduated in 1996. Photographer Dawoud Bey comes to the Weatherspoon at UNCG on Thursday to talk about his exhibition, Class Pictures, with curator Xandra Eden. He will also be signing copies of his book, which will be on sale in the gift shop. It’s been a while since I visited Pittsboro, which is where Mark Hewitt has his pottery studio. Hewitt’s kiln just discharged some 1,500 handmade pots, which can be picked through and purchased this weekend at his huge Labor Day sale. The Greensboro Playwright’s Forum holds auditions for its annual Evening of Short Plays on Monday at the Greensboro Cultural Center. According to the press release, many of the original scripts feature non-human protagonists and are open to actors of all shapes and sizes. You can find more information at www.thedramacenter.com. I once spent a summer contemplating a playwriting degree, but I never considered an acting one.