Your 2019 at Trinity Rep begins with the dynamic pairing of two contemporary adaptations of Homer’s epic classics, which I have been looking forward to with great anticipation. Both are examples of those rare, magical, and captivating plays that fill one with awe, making an indelible impression that lasts well beyond the theater.
In black odyssey, one man’s journey home from war leads him on an adventure that connects him with his ancestors and humanity, before finally delivering him back to his wife and son. Throughout his heroic voyage, Ulysses Lincoln’s fate is controlled by a host of gods including the dignified Deus, scheming Paw Sidin, and radiant Aunt Tina. This breathtaking, vibrant, and highly theatrical production is a lyrical and spiritual celebration of storytelling and what it means to find home.
As a special limited engagement, An Iliad tells the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love, and endless battles blended with contemporary stories of war and revenge. The lone Poet has told this story for centuries, conjuring the heroes and battles of different cultures and eras. Now in the shadow of war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, he recounts a sweeping and unforgettable story of human loss and folly that resonates across three millennia. Seating is very limited for this one week run, so get your tickets fast!
It has been a blockbuster season at Trinity Rep so far. Pride and Prejudice sold at over 90% capacity, with more than half of the performances sold out; and A Christmas Carol had another record-breaking year, supplanting last season’s version as the highest grossing Trinity Rep production of all time. And we are just getting started with many more memorable nights in the theater still to come — a thrilling production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth; a touching story of a pop icon’s The Song of Summer; the perennially popular and tuneful Little Shop of Horrors; and a fantastical and poetic modern classic, Marisol. Subscription packages are still available for the remainder of this season, and we invite you to join us, if you don’t already have your tickets.
While we are just part way through this season, Curt Columbus and his artistic team are reading and discussing hundreds of plays to select a top-notch 2019-20 Season for you. Undoubtedly, next season will take our theater-making to even higher heights, continuing our tradition of first-class productions made right here in Providence just for you by your tremendous resident company of artists. In a few weeks, subscribers will receive the opportunity to participate in Early Bird subscription renewal – your chance to lock in the best seats and prices for the new season in the works. Stay tuned. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. All of us at Trinity Repertory Company wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year. Thank you for making Trinity Rep a part of it.
Tom Parrish, Executive Director