Help Trinity Rep Be Here For You

updated 3/17/20

Dear Friends,

In uncertain times, so many of us have turned to live theater as a refuge – a place where we can gather with our fellow community members, share an experience, spend time with new characters, and engage with other worlds for a few hours. Trinity Rep has provided a haven for these times in the past, giving space for folks to escape and laugh as we did in fall of 2001 with Noises Off!, share holiday cheer with their families at A Christmas Carol during the great recession in 2008, and grapple with our changing political world in 2017 with The Mountaintop.

Bringing people together for a shared experience is core to our work, and the healing and transformative power of a great live theater experience is why we love what we do.

That is why the current situation is so challenging.

We want to be here for you. We want to be here for our community, and our region. But we are facing an uncertain future.

On March 12, the Mayor of Providence declared a State of Emergency and revoked all entertainment licenses – forcing us to prematurely close A Tale of Two Cities and cancel 12 performances.

On March 17, we made the heart-wrenching decision to cancel the rest of our subscription season (including all 35 performances of Sweat and 36 performances of Sweeney Todd), losing 83 performances overall.

The health and safety of our patrons, staff, artists, and community are of the utmost importance. We also want to continue to be here for you when things get better. To do that, we need to stay on track, so we can support our artists, staff, and their families, keep up our facilities, and get our summer education programs and next season ready for you.

Despite this temporary shut-down, Trinity Rep is endeavoring to continue to pay our staff and artists, whose livelihoods depend on the theater. At the same time, however, we no longer have ticket revenue coming in, and we are entering what would normally be our peak fundraising season – 31% of Trinity Rep’s operating budget comes from charitable contributions and nearly half of those donations are made between now and June 30th.

It is impossible to cancel weeks of performances without creating serious and lasting hardships for your Trinity Rep, artists, and staff. 

If you have the resources, please consider making a donation to Trinity Rep’s Annual Fund today. Give online at, call (401) 453-9235, or mail a check to Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence, RI 02903. Please help Trinity Rep be here for you.

If you have tickets for a cancelled performance, please consider donating them back to the theater when our box office contacts you. Your ticket donation will help us meet our financial obligations.

We are forever grateful for your support, and look forward to seeing you at the theater again soon.


Curt Columbus & Tom Parrish

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