Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop comes to Wingate University

Faye Lane
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Wingate, N.C. – It’s the glittered-up memories of a Green Bean Queen in bedazzling story and song. The award-winning Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories comes to The Batte Fine Arts Center on the Wingate University campus for one night only on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Rhonda Faye Gunnels, now Faye Lane, grew up in her mama’s Texas beauty shop, the Casa Vale Beauty Salon which was an old A-Frame house converted into a salon, with big mirrors and swivel chairs in the front room and shampoo bowls in the old back bedroom. On the front porch was a fat little girl in a glittered-up Burger King crown, practicing her beauty queen acceptance speech and dreaming of being a star of the stage.

Simultaneously hip and down-home, Lane’s 90-minute performance recounts a series of mostly true and sometimes outrageous tales from her childhood and early career. Lane has carefully honed these stories over the past three years while telling them to the thriving New York storytelling and comedy communities and most recently, in an extended run at the prestigious SoHo Playhouse. The resulting Beauty Shop Stories has won the celebrated Moth StorySlam in both New York and Los Angeles and was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “New York's hottest, hippest literary ticket.” It has won NY’s Bistro Award for Musical Comedy and the NYC Fringe Award for Overall Excellence. These stories have also been broadcast on NPR, both locally on Cityscapes and nationally on The Moth Radio Hour. Even Joan Rivers said, “That girl belongs on Broadway!”

Tickets are $25 and on sale via the Batte Center box office,, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as membership information call 704-233-8300.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to