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Triple Threat Brings Broadway Performer’s Real Life Struggle Center Stage in a One Man Tour de Force



Words and Image Courtesy of Zeiders American Dream Theatre.


Zeiders American Dream Theater (The Z) in Town Center under the leadership of Artistic Director Bart Kuebler and Executive Director Terry Flint, is pleased to present the premier of Triple Threat by James T. Lane.

A ”Triple Threat” in show business is a performer with all the goods—a performer who sings and dances and acts. James T. Lane is that performer.


In Triple Threat, the play, James tells the autobiographical story of a young Philadelphian who, inspired by Michael Jackson’s example of clawing out of poverty through entertainment, grows into a successful black, gay, man, in New York City—only to lose control and let his Broadway dreams collapse into skid-row nightmares. As James hits the most absurd crack-house rock bottom, he uncovers the performing magic that leads to redemption.


Triple Threat is a play that Moves and Sings—through James’s blood and soul. That blood and soul is movement, from Black Broadway Jazz to Modern Dance to Show-stopping Broadway. Along the way, James embodies the figures that helped, hindered, and even ignored him on his path, simultaneously appearing in video and voiceover while commanding the entire stage. As big as it is, Triple Threat is ultimately one man sharing his story. All perspectives at once—a Triple Threat.


Arising from the grand tradition of Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, and John Leguizamo, James T. Lane steps into the limelight as the next great storyteller of a generation. Armed with not much more than a few props and a boundless imagination, James brings this magical story of failure, growth, perseverance, and triumph to life—and ultimately, resolution.


This theater presentation is being filmed as a teleplay and patrons attending in-person will be part of the live studio audience. The teleplay will be released for virtual viewing Summer 2021. New COVID-19 policies are in place at The Z including requiring masks while in the building, social distancing markers, limited capacity in the theater allowing only 90 patrons in the theater, sanitation stations set up throughout the theater including frequent disinfecting in high touch areas.


Triple Threat runs LIVE in person at The Z May 6-9, 2021. Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm. Tickets are $40 for General, $34 Senior/Military and $15 for students.

New COVID-19 policies can be found at https://thez.org/covid-19-patron-policies/


Zeiders American Dream Theater is located at 4509 Commerce Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Zeiders American Dream Theater is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.


ABOUT JAMES T. LANE

James T. Lane- From Philadelphia. West End: The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line - Revival (Palladium Theatre). Broadway: Kiss Me, Kate (Paul), King Kong the Musical ,The Scottsboro Boys (Ozie Powell/Ruby Bates), Chicago and A Chorus Line (Richie Walters). National Tours: Jersey Boys, Cinderella, Fame the Musical. Regional Theatre: Guys and Dolls ( Nicely Nicely) Virginia Stage Company, Mary Poppins (Bert) Drury Lane Theatre, The Wiz (Tin Man), Broadway at Music Circus,The Old Globe, The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) The Muny, A.C.T and Dallas Theatre Center. Encores/Off Center:Promenade,Grand Hotel, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope Concerts: Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, Ottawa Symphony and many more. Mr. Lane teaches music theatre dance when and wherever anyone will let him!


ABOUT ZEIDERS AMERICAN DREAM THEATER

Zeiders American Dream Theater, known as The Z, is a professional, non-profit performing arts company whose mission is to provide a wide range of highly entertaining artistic experiences to the community by fostering and introducing new works and exceptionally gifted artists in all areas of the performing arts. The Z is a community hub for celebrating creative growth and entertainment. With intimate performance spaces and unique programming that generates an exciting connection between the performer and the audience, The Z inspires audiences and performers to tap into their own creative spark, unleash their dreams, and achieve their full potential. TheZ.org


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