A chillingly memorable prequel
Perhaps you recall the young women who led the “witch hunt” in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. But did you know that in reality, “temptress” Abigail Williams was just an 11-year-old girl? Her cousin Betty Parris was an imaginative 9-year-old; while Mercy Lewis was an anxiety-ridden child seeking refuge in alcohol, and Mary Warren an epileptic orphan. When Abigail begins working for 60-year-old farmer John Proctor, their lives unravel from playing with poppets and churning butter into something unexpected. The Good John Proctor reexamines the Salem Witch Trials through the eyes of the four young girls at its center.
A bewitching black comedy
Life’s not so charming for Becky Nurse, a modern descendant of an executed Salem “witch.” She’s been fired from her job, troubled by her granddaughter’s boyfriend, is pining for a married man, and taking pain pills to cope after her daughter’s overdose. To reverse her bad fortune, she consults an eccentric local witch … leading to shocking, funny, and even disturbing results. Becky’s life transforms into a messy dark comedy that explores how far one woman will go to hold onto what she holds dear. Playwright Sarah Ruhl returns to Trinity Rep’s stage with this enchanted exploration of what is real, what is right, and what is redemptive.
Adapted from the novella by Charles Dickens
Original Music by Richard Cumming
Directed and Adapted by Stephen Thorne
November 9 – December 31, 2023
Celebrating the holidays together
Everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, is back. He is a wrenching, covetous, mean old man, caring more for money than the good of his family or neighbors. When the clock strikes midnight one fateful Christmas Eve, the ghost of Scrooge’s old pal Marley pays a much overdue visit. Through a supernatural journey, Scrooge must confront his past, acknowledge his present, and define his future for the good of his community, and his very soul. A timeless holiday tale of redemption and joy, Trinity Rep’s reimagined production of A Christmas Carol has been a beloved New England family tradition for over 45 years!
By Orlando Hernández
Inspired by Latino History of Rhode Island: Nuestras Raíces by Marta V. Martinez
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo
January 18 – February 18, 2024
Local stories, local communities
Doña Rosa’s Market on La Broa’ (Providence’s Broad Street) is where Latine Rhode Islanders have gathered for decades. It is there that they share their stories – from the experience of recent immigration to those of Americans whose threads stretch much further back. These real-life stories are heartbreaking, heartwarming, and hilarious. La Broa’ (Broad Street) draws from the true tales of Latine Rhode Islanders who have made this place their home, as documented by Marta V. Martinez in the oral history Nuestras Raíces (Our Roots). This world premiere is joyful and touching and presented in Spanish and English; it speaks to what connects us at our core, and what keeps us going each day.
Directed by Christopher Windom
March 21 – April 28, 2024
An iconic American playwright’s magnum opus
What is perhaps August Wilson’s most well-known play may also be his most powerful. In segregated 1957 Pittsburgh, former Negro League baseball player Troy Maxson is now scraping by as a sanitation worker. Once a towering figure in his community, he now only exerts control over his wife and two sons. Troy’s desire to protect his loved ones from oppression grows warped by his stubbornness and pride. A devastating look at a man and his family’s strained relationships, Fences is a must-see Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, returning to the Trinity Rep stage for the first time in over 30 years.
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Adapted from La Cage aux Folles by Jean Poiret
Directed by Taavon Gamble
May 30 – June 30, 2024
The everlasting hit musical about embracing who you are
This Best Musical Tony-winner follows Georges, the proprietor of a drag club, and his husband, Albin, the star attraction. When Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a homophobic politician, Georges plans to closet himself for a family dinner. But Albin, knowing the importance of staying true to yourself, has other ideas … and hijinks ensue. La Cage aux Folles is funny, genuine, and full of show-stopping numbers. It is sure to lead to “The Best of Times!”