Festival Stage of Winston-Salem - Professional Theatre Company - Winston Salem, North Carolina New York
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Preshow Talks

Did you ever wonder about the story behind the story of the play? How the set was designed and built? Where we find our casts? Our Sunday afternoon Preshow Talks, led by members of the artistic staff, answer all these questions and more.

Postshow Talkbacks

Join members of the cast for a Postshow Talkback following each of our 8:00PM performances. Actors discuss the process of creating their characters in this intimate Q&A session.

Visiting Playwright Series

We are thrilled to have all authors in attendance for the 2011-2012 season, an unusual opportunity for a theatre, and we'd like to invite you to meet these nationally known artists in a specially designed Visiting Playwright Series on the first Sunday of each production.


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Noted N.C. author Clyde Edgerton speaks with audience members and signs copies of his novel "Lunch at the Piccadilly" during last season's Festival Stage production of the musical based on the book.
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Director Steve Umberger talks with audience members after one of the sold-out performances of "Lunch at the Piccadilly."

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Technical Director Tim Kottyan and members of the cast of "Lunch at the Piccadilly" enjoy an informal "jam" session with members of the Presbyterian Home Band.
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Glass artisan Ken Curtiss with his work in the lobby of the Hanesbrands Theatre during last season's production of "The Glass Menagerie."
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High school students attend one of the special performances of "The Glass Menagerie" at Festival Stage.

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Patrons, staff and cast members attend the annual Friends of Festival Stage dinner, Fall 2011.
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The Exact Center of the Universe
Financial advisor Bryan Yates of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney organized a private performance of "The Exact Center of the Universe" and Theatre Party for his office's staff and clients.
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Visiting playwright Joan Vail Thorne speaks about writing at an event sponsored by BOOKmarks during the preview weekend of "The Exact Center of the Universe."
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Audience members who choose to stay after an 8:00PM show enjoy an informal discussion time with the director and actors of "The Exact Center of the Universe."

Oil City Symphony
Reading of a new play by David Wiltse, as part of the Visiting Playwright Series during "Hatchetman".
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Director Steve Umberger and author Mike Craver speak about "Oil City Symphony" at a Visiting Playwright Series event.
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