It’s Trinity Rep’s mission to reinvent the “public square,” and engage our community in a continuing dialogue. As part of Trinity Rep’s commitment to making theater for and with our community, we host and participate in a variety of community events that are free and open to the public, throughout the year. You can learn more about the theater or a par ticular show, playwright, or time in history. Connect with new people or old friends you’ve seen on stage for years.


One hour prior to every subscription series performance, a member of the cast leads a 30-minute discussion with a peek into the playmaking process and other details to enhance your playgoing experience. Each Prologue concludes with a Q&A with the audience. Prologue attendees can pre-order dinner from Trinity Brewhouse and have it delivered to the theater to enjoy between the Prologue and performance. Prologues are sponsored by WGBH. For more information about the Prologues for each show or the dinner menu, visit trinityrep.com/prologues.


A lively Context & Conversation for The Prince of Providence was held in the Aldermen Chambers in Providence City Hall in October with about 60 attendees discussing journalism’s place in democracy.

Context & Conversation is co-produced and co-presented by Trinity Repertory Company and Providence Public Library along and community partners specially chosen for each production.

Each Context & Conversation brings together scholars, artists, and community practitioners to discuss themes and ideas found in the play currently on stage at Trinity Rep, 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 and Exhibitions Director and Trinity Rep’s Conversationalist-in Residence, and each takes place in a public 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 the play. All Context & Conversation events are free and open to the public and are always hosted on a Monday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Upcoming events include:

Only Connect co-presented with Community Partner 134 Collaborative, on March 16, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm. Inspired by Brian McEleney’s A Tale of Two Cities.

A Day’s Wage co-presented with Community Partner Slater Mill Museum, on April 20, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm at Slater Mill Museum in Pawtucket. Inspired by Lynn Nottage’s Sweat.

You’re Killing Me co-presented with Community Partner Ellie’s, on May 11, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm at Ellie’s in Providence. Inspired by Stephen Sondheim’s/Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. For additional details, visit trinityrep.com/ context-conversation.


The final performance has a special energy. It’s the last time the production will ever be seen, and the artists and audiences can start reflecting on the totality of the experience. Following the final performance of every show, we invite audiences who’ve come to the production at any point in the run to join the cast in a 20-minute post-show conversation and a toast to the show. For details and schedule, visit trinityrep.com/engage.