At Trinity Rep we program our plays in response to the world around us. The artists and administrators who bring each play to life spend a lot of time talking about what’s happening in our community and how it resonates with the themes in the production. We hope every piece we put on our stage is relevant to your everyday life and allows you to see your world in a new way.

Providence Public Library, our next-door neighbor,  serves as an open and supportive teaching and learning place where communities can connect, create, achieve, and share experiences and ideas. The Library expands its reach through critical statewide collaborations, including co-producing and co-presenting the dynamic dialogues of Context & Conversation with Trinity Rep.

Each Context & Conversation event brings together scholars, artists, and community practitioners to discuss the themes and ideas found in the play currently on stage at Trinity, and to consider where we find those themes and ideas at work in our own community. The conversations are moderated by Christina Bevilacqua, Providence Public Library’s Programs & Exhibitions Director and Trinity Rep’s Conversationalist-in-Residence, and each takes place in a community setting related to the themes of the play.  While the play is the inspiration for the Context & Conversation event, the conversation doesn’t depend on the play; you can attend and participate in Context & Conversation even if you haven’t seen it. All Context & Conversation events are free and open to the public.

Discussions for the 2018-19 Season:

Pride & Prejudice
Venue/Community Partner: Wage House, an improv comedy theater created in 2016 by Casey Calderiso and Kate Teichman
Address:  560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket RI 02860 in the Lorraine Mills
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018, seating begins at 7:30 pm
Speakers: Kate Teichman, Casey Calderiso
Reservations: Wage House

black odyssey/An Iliad
Venue/Community Partner: Sophia Academy, an all-girls school dedicated to changing the lives of girls from low-income homes through an empowering middle school education
Address: 582 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Date: Thursday, January 17 at 6pm, snacks at 5:30pm

Venue/Community Partner: The Mental Health Association of RI, promotes mental health, prevents mental illness, and improves the system of care for mental health through advocacy, education, service, and the dissemination of research
Address: Butler Hospital, Ray Conference Center, 345 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI 02906
Date: Monday, Feb 11 at 6:30pm

The Song of Summer
Venue/Community Partner: Zabinski Music Studio, a family-owned music studio in Pawtucket offering private lessons and an academy that believes music is for everyone
Address: 228 Main St. Fl 3, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Date: Sunday, March 24 at 2pm

Little Shop of Horrors
Venue/Community Partner: The Herbarium, a collection at Brown consisting of dried and pressed plant specimens mounted on sheets of archival paper
Address: 34 Olive Street, Providence, RI 02912
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6:30 pm
Speakers: Tim Whitfeld

Venue/Community Partner: Mathewson St Church and 134 Collaborative, the joyful worship of God by all persons—regardless of age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or ability
Address: 134 Mathewson Street, Providence, R.I.  02903
Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 12:30pm