Glen Berger Quote

About the Playwright: Glen Berger

by Bryan Conger, Triad Stage Artistic Associate & Dramaturg for Underneath the Lintel

Glen Berger is an American playwright and Virginia native. Born into a Jewish family, he turned away from Judaism after bar mitzvah age. It was through klezmer music that he eventually rediscovered his faith as an adult. He says, “It was the thing I had been distancing myself from. I realized if I have issues with Judaism from a purely religious standpoint, maybe esthetically on a deep level I can come in the back door again.” It was also in that music that he found the beginnings of Underneath the Lintel.

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Meet the Clowns

The 39 Steps features a cast of four playing a nearly uncountable number of characters. The bulk of those characters are portrayed by two “clowns.” And by clowns, we mean the extraordinarily talented actors and wonderful humans Sal Cacciato and Andy Paterson.

This show is the Triad Stage debut for each of them, and we’re very happy to have gotten to know them. This awesome duo brings so much energy and hilarity to every performance.  You should get to know them, too:

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The reviews are in!

“Featuring four actors, 150 characters, and lots of hilarity, The 39 Steps is a high energy farce that will keep audiences in stitches from beginning to end.”

Read the full From the Front Row review by Matthew Lucas


“A hilarious romp through a spy novel, The 39 Steps, directed by Jen Wineman, combines a light plot of murderous mystery with the creativity of improv and the oh-so-appreciated ‘simple’ humor of an ‘SNL’ skit.”

Read the full YES! Weekly review by Lenise Willis

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From the Director: I Don’t Like Small Plays

Dear Audience,

I don’t like small plays. The economics of making theater in America force playwrights to create smaller and smaller stories to appeal to companies consistently strapped for cash. And the end result is often a kind of sit-com theater that would be more at home on the television screen.

The classics of the theater sprawled across the stage, creating worlds of imagination with huge casts and enormous theatricality. Of course few theaters can afford the kind of cast sizes of Shakespeare or the golden age of Broadway.

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Alfie at the Office

The Adventures of Alfie

A few weeks ago, a cardboard Alfred Hitchcock showed up in the Triad Stage office. After his eerie presence stopped startling everyone (including our unsuspecting stage manager working alone — or so she thought — in the office one night), we grew to love him and nicknamed him Alfie.

Since then, he’s been out and about among the people of Greensboro, shamelessly promoting The 39 Steps. Why’s he so invested? Because the play is an adaptation of his 1935 film, which itself was an adaptation of John Buchan’s 1915 classic spy novel. The play version of The 39 Steps is a little film noir, a little Monty Python, and completely ridiculous in the best possible way. We know Alfie looks serious, but he has a fun side, too.

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