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Introducing our 53rd season:

Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

Written by Jason Craig • Music by Dave Malloy • Directed by Curt Columbus
September 8 – October 9, 2016
Based on one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is a raucous rock ‘n’ roll re-telling of the blood-soaked Old English poem. With music by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), the swaggering hero Beowulf defends the great hall of Heorot against the monster Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a fire-breathing dragon...as a panel of academics overanalyzes his every move. With music The New York Times called “catchy and pop-infused with echoes of Tom Waits,” Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is the epic legend seen in a visceral, brutal, and tender new light.  

"This is such fun. Smart, thoughtful and tuneful, too...Beneath the poking fun at academia, the deconstructions, the rock anthems and the swagger is an interesting consideration of patriarchy, outsiders and what it means to be a muscle-bound warrior…”  —The Guardian

"Joyfully raucous...the propulsive, oompah-inflected music, by Dave Malloy, brings out the power and the color of the legend…”  —The New Yorker


by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins • directed by Brian Mertes
October 6 – November 6, 2016
In this biting comic-drama, the estranged members of the Lafayette family return home to their run-down Arkansas estate after the passing of the family patriarch. As they sort through a lifetime of mementos, they discover a gruesome relic that turns their reunion into an escalating series of shocks, showdowns and revelations. Winner of the 2014-2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play, Appropriate is-- on the surface-- an homage to the classics of the American theater canon. Look deeper into Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "remarkable and devious" (The New York Times) new play, and discover what familial ghosts await.

“Jacobs-Jenkins honors the time-tested recipes of those who have gone before him, combining them into a crafty narrative…But he also brings a culinary self-consciousness to the mix that makes you savor the ingredients anew...remarkable and devious.”  —The New York Times

The Mountaintop

by Katori Hall • directed by Kent Gash
January 12 – February 12, 2017
With Joe Wilson, Jr. as Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 3, 1968. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns to Memphis' Lorraine Motel after delivering his famous “mountaintop” speech. There he is visited by a spirited young maid who challenges him to come to terms with his life, life’s end, and legacy. This breathtaking re-imagining of the last night of one of America’s greatest heroes achieves what only theater can do – it brings Dr. King to immediate, spontaneously felt life. And in his presence, as embodied by beloved resident actor Joe Wilson, Jr., audiences get to experience, understand, and appreciate the whole man. Winner of England’s Olivier Award for Best Play, a hit on Broadway, and now one of the most produced plays in America, The Mountaintop – with surprising humor and newfound urgency – draws audiences a bit closer to the summit.

"Begins by contemplating a single point in time and ends by creating a vantage point not only over King's life but over history itself —and how one man's deeds can become a lasting legacy." —The Telegraph

"The Mountaintop crackles with theatricality and a humanity more moving than sainthood." —NY Newsday

“As audacious as it is inventive…[a] thrilling, wild, provocative flight of magical realism…The King that is left after Hall's humanization project is somehow more real and urgent and whole." —Associated Press

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare • directed by Tyler Dobrowsky
February 9 – March 24, 2017
With Rachael Warren as Puck and Fred Sullivan, Jr. as Bottom
In one of Shakespeare's most beloved romantic comedies, four fantastic stories are woven together in a single fanciful night: the wedding of an Athenian Duke to his Queen; the comic misadventures of four lovers lost in the forest; an uproarious throw-down between the King and the Queen of the Fairies; and the hilarious antics of a group of amateur actors. Magical and fun, A Midsummer Night's Dream is a celebration of love, innocence, and imagination perfect for audiences of all ages.

This production is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's landmark student matinee program which has introduced over one million Rhode Island students to live theater.

Faithful Cheaters

by Deborah Salem Smith • directed by Melia Bensussen
April 20 – May 21, 2017
Starring Anne Scurria as Marion
Poppy and Theo are always working. Neither has time to pay attention to their marriage. Luckily, now there's a nose spray for fidelity! One dose daily and presto: enhances monogamy! Or so Theo hopes...With the relationship on the rocks, will a weekend vacation with Poppy's meddling mothers, hordes of mosquitos, vodka, and a suprise guest go so wrong it ultimately goes right? This uproarious farce dares to take a serious look at contemporary marriage and how to be happy now.

Deborah Salem Smith's work has been praised as "lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless" by The New York Times, and "first-rate, a gem" by the Boston Globe.

Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna

by Lope de Vega Carpio • directed by Mark Valdez
May 11 – June 11, 2017
Spain, 1476. The Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, are caught in a dynastic war for the throne of Spain with the Portuguese king. In this power vacuum, many villages have fallen under the thumb of rich nobles, including the small town of Fuente Ovejuna, recently overtaken by the villanious Commander Fernán Gómez de Guzmán who has imposed a series of cruel laws on the townspeople. Can the town band together in the face of such oppression? Packed with song and dance, and resonating with themes of loyalty, justice, and the meaning of honor, Trinity Rep presents the Rhode Island premiere of Fuente Ovejuna by one of Spain’s greatest and most influential Golden Age dramatists.

"Obligatory viewing for anyone who truly loves the theatre...a rich, seething saga about the evil Guzmán, who holds a small town in terror, raping and murdering the population as he sees fit. One day, he goes too far and the tale of what happens next is heart-stopping in its excitement and spine-chilling in its terror." -- Toronto Starr

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