Spotlight on The Traditionalists

August 1, 2016

The launch of the Women’s Theatre Festival mainstage takes place August 6 at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ with the presentation of Men Always Leave and The Traditionalists. The second play in this series, The Traditionalists is a one act play by local North Carolina playwright Carol Torian. As a writer, she is inspired to use the arts to encourage dialogue about social issues. The Traditionalists explores the subject of domestic violence.


Synopsis - Tenille and Nicholas Wallace appear to be the perfect couple, but behind closed doors, they are caught in a dangerous cycle of violence and contrition. Every day is like walking through a minefield for Tenille, and her only objective is survival. *Note: This play contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences. 


The Traditionalists is being presented at the Umstead Park United Church of Christ and then in The Garage at Dreams of Wilmington. There will be two interpretations of the play. "In Raleigh, it will present the breakdown of a heterosexual couple’s relationship and in Wilmington, the breakdown of a same-sex couple’s relationship. These different iterations offer the possibility for the play to be part of a much larger discussion which is very exciting" explains the writer. “Because my play is being presented in two different cities, I have casts and creative teams in both locations. I am thankful for everyone’s commitment and proud to be in the company of such gifted professionals.”


Torian has also been contributing to the Festival at large as a member of the Organizational Committee. Her support and skills have helped new directors organize and pitch their work for the festival as well as acting as a liaison between WTFNC and our venues.  In her words, “For me, the festival represents an icredible opportunity to come together with other women artists to present work that is complex, unique and authentic. It’s a chance to be heard.”


The Traditionalists is also the directorial debut of Pam McClure, who has over 40 years experience on stage but has never had the opportunity to direct. Carol Torian approached McClure with the one act and in her words "Once I read it, I was hooked!" McClure has been enjoying her experience at the helm and finds herself inspired by her actors. "The actors blow me away. They take my direction and incorporate it so that their characters become so multidimensional. I'm so impressed." To her, the Festival means "support, friendship, feeling a part of something, inclusion."


You won't want to miss The Traditionalists and Men Always Leave opening on August 6 at UPUCC.  Get your tickets now! Full the complete schedule click here.


Free child care will be procide during Men Always Leave/The Traditionalists by the creative team from Seed Art Share at UPUCC through their "Share the Show" coordinating program. They will play age-appropriate theater games, make a craft, and enjoy storytelling activities based on the theme of kindness and family.  Pre-registration is encouraged.


Don’t miss the provocative work The Traditionalist presented with Men Always Leave opening on August 6 at UPUCC.  Complete schedule can be found here and tickets can be purchased here. The production in Wilmington will be August 27 and 28, tickets available at the door.

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