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Your Half Hour Call with Curt
Sponsored by Washington Trust
A new episode will stream live on Facebook on the first and third Thursday nights of each month at 7:30 pm with Trinity Rep Artistic Director Curt Columbus and special guests. Upcoming episode schedules will be posted here and on social media.
- October 1: Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network (TRAIN) with Tracy Allard, Jordan Butterfield, and David Ryan
- October 15: Our partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) with Tatyana-Marie Carlo, Orlando Hernandez, Marta Martinez, and Marcel Mascaro.
Past Episode Recordings
- September 17 – Episode 13: “Checking In” with Executive Director Tom Parrish, resident acting company member Rebecca Gibel, and director, actor Marcel Mascaro to discuss the decision to postpone in-person productions until fall 2021, plans for a digital A Christmas Carol, and the development of Don Quixote for Teatro en El Verano’s 10th anniversary next summer. Featuring clips from Pride and Prejudice and Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna.
- September 3 – Episode 12: “How the Sausage Gets Made” with Production Director Laura Smith, discussing memorable set designs. Featuring footage from King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House and Garden.
- August 20 – Episode 11: “How to Prepare an Actor” with Angela Brazil, Rachel Christopher, and Anne Scurria. Featuring footage from Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Julius Caesar, Crime and Punishment, Appropriate, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- July 23 – Episode 10: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like…Shakespeare” with Sarah Ruhl, Whitney White, and Laurie Woolery. Featuring footage from Oliver!, Melancholy Play: a chamber musical, and The Public Theater Public Works productions.
- June 25 – Episode 9: “Three Scrooges” with Tim Crowe, Mauro Hantman, and Jude Sandy. Featuring archival footage from A Christmas Carol (2012 and 2019).
- June 18 – Episode 8: “Company, Community, and Education” with Jordan Butterfield, Michelle Cruz, and Daniel Duque-Estrada. Featuring archival footage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017), Native Gardens (2018), and the YASI 2019 Showcase.
- June 11 – Episode 7: “Looking Forward” with Executive Director Tom Parrish
- June 4 – Episode 6: “A Special Message from Joe Wilson, Jr.”
- May 28 – Episode 5: “The Towering Women of Trinity Rep,” with Mia Ellis, Rachael Warren, and Phyllis Kay. Featuring archival footage from Into the Breeches! (2017), Ragtime (2018), Death of a Salesman (2017), The Mountaintop (2017), and Melancholy Play: a chamber musical (2015).
- May 21 – Episode 4: “Why We Do New Plays” with George Brant, Lauren Yee, Taibi Magar, and Tyler Dobrowsky. Featuring archival footage from The Song of Summer (2019), Into the Breeches! (2017), and The Prince of Providence (2019).
- May 14 – Episode 3: “What Theater Does That Nothing Else Can” with Richard Jenkins, Sharon Jenkins, Brian McEleney, and Stephen Berenson. Featuring archival footage from Oklahoma! (2016), The Grapes of Wrath (2013), Oliver! (2014), and A Tale of Two Cities (2020).
- May 7 – Episode 2: “Why We Love Live Theater” with Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne. Featuring archival footage from A Christmas Carol (2017), To Kill A Mockingbird (2016), and The Grapes of Wrath (2013).
- April 30 – Episode 1: “Why We Do Musical Theater“ with Rebecca Gibel, Charlie Thurston, and Joe Wilson, Jr. Featuring archival footage from Paris by Night (2008), Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (2016), and Ragtime (2018).
From our Resident Acting Company
Behind the Scenes Stories
Resident company members shared with us their memories about some of their favorite productions.
- Brian McEleney didn’t think his lack of sports skills would hurt him if he pursued a life of theater. He was wrong. Hear his stories in this clip.
- Stephen Berenson has learned over time that for him, Stephen Sondheim musicals come with up close and personal interactions with barnyard animals. Hear about them in this clip.
- Rachael Warren remembers a costume problem from Peter Pan in this clip.
- Stephen Thorne shares a story about what happened when he saw the “devil eyes,” in the booth running the show during Home and Garden in this clip.
- Angela Brazil tells a story about what she had to do when she was stuck in traffic – but had to be on stage in this clip.
- Daniel Duque-Estrada talks about nearly walking onto stage laughing during Fade in this clip.
- Mia Ellis shares a story about getting ready for To Kill a Mockingbird in this clip.
- Rebecca Gibel and Charlie Thurston reminisce about Barefoot in the Park in this clip.
Blog Posts and Videos
- Find out what Rebecca Gibel’s been up to in our this blog post (hint: you can stream most of it at home!).
- Learn more about Stephen Berenson – including his time at Oxford in this blog post.
- See what Stephen Thorne was up to before our time at home and his history at Trinity Rep in this blog post.
- Find out more about Phyllis Kay and where she’s been seen on stage in this blog post.
- Daniel Duque-Estrada, avid film lover, gives some of his favorite film recommendations for our time at home
- Charlie Thurston rehearses for Sweeney Todd by singing to a banana
- Rebecca Gibel sings “Try to Remember”
Sonnets and Stories
- Angela Brazil reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 18
- Rebecca Gibel reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 27
- Tim Crowe reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 30
- Charlie Thurston reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 44
- Mia Ellis reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 76
- Mauro Hantman reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 97
- Stephen Thorne reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 103
- Phyllis Kay reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 129
- Stephen Berenson reads Shakespeare’s sonnet 130
- Brian McEleney reads Edna St. Vincent Millay’s sonnet “Love is Not All (Sonnet XXX)”
- Anne Scurria and fellow actor (and husband) Barry Press read “Teddy Bear” from A.A. Milne
Trinity Rep Radio Theater
From 2006 to 2009, Trinity Rep and WRNI (Rhode Island Public Radio) collaborated to create and air one-hour dramatic radio shows featuring short stories, poems, and monologues performed by Trinity Rep actors. Here are some of our favorite episodes from the archives:
- “The Hungry” featuring “Last Christmas of the War” by Primo Levi, “The Fruits of Family Trees” by Jonathan Safran Foer, “Enough” by Alice McDermott, and “Breakfast” by John Steinbeck. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Nance Williamson, and Fred Sullivan, Jr.
- “Happy Anniversary” featuring “Wants” by Grace Paley, selections from Sun Magazine’s Readers Write section, and “A Christian Education” by Robert Penn Warren. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Stephen Thorne, and Fred Sullivan, Jr.
- “Irish Pleasures” featuring “The Workhouse Ward” by Lady Gregory, “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde, and “The Dead” by James Joyce. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Rachael Warren, and Stephen Thorne.
- “John Cheever: The American Dream” featuring “The Enormous Radio,” “The Autobiography of a Drummer,” and “The Worm in the Apple.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and Rachael Warren.
- “James Thurber’s Comedy” featuring “The Night the Bed Fell,” “The Cat Bird Seat,” and “A Couple of Hamburgers.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, William Damkoehler, Barbara Meek, Timothy Crowe, and Rachael Warren.
- “Live in Providence: Gryphon” featuring Charles Baxter’s “Gryphon.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Angela Brazil, and Joe Wilson, Jr.
- “She’s My Hero: Mother’s Day Stories” featuring selections from Sun Magazine’s Readers Write section, and “The Leap” by Louise Erdrich. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Barbara Meek, and Rachael Warren.
- “Anton Chekov” featuring “The Huntsman,” “The Woman Without Prejudice,” “Drama,” and “The Little Trip.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Phyllis Kay, and Fred Sullivan, Jr.
- “Fine Dining” featuring “Soul Food” by Langston Hughes, “Indian Takeout” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “Pancakes” by Evan Hunter, “Dining Alone” by Mary Cantwell. With Curt Columbus, Angela Brazil, Rachael Warren, and Joe Wilson, Jr.
- “Game Time” featuring selections from Sun Magazine’s Readers Write section, and “Fathers Playing Catch with Sons” by Donald Hall. With Curt Columbus, Anne Scurria, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and Mauro Hantman.
- “Eudora Welty” featuring “Petrified Man” and “Why I Live at the P.O.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Anne Scurria, and Rachael Warren.
- “Robert Penn Warren” featuring “The Patented Gate and the Mean Hamburger,” “The Confession of Brother Grimes”, and “A Christian Education.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Stephen Thorne, and Fred Sullivan, Jr.
- “For Art’s Sake” featuring “The Storyteller” by Saki, “The Model” by Bernard Malamud, and “The Poems” by Ray Bradbury. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Angela Brazil, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and Mark Peckham.
- “Charles Dickens” featuring excerpts from Hard Times, an excerpt from Our Mutual Friend, “Letter on Slavery,” “Preface to American Notes,” an excerpt from The Pickwick Papers, and an excerpt from Bleak House. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Mauro Hantman, Anne Scurria, and William Damkoehler. Original air date 11/3/06.
- “Live in Providence: The Holidays” featuring “Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned” by Ray Bradbury, “The H Street Sledding Record” by Ron Carlson, and “Two of a Kind” by Sean O’Faolain. With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Stephen Thorne, Rachael Warren, and Stephen Berenson.
- “Mothers and Daughters” featuring “The Unnatural Mother” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Seamstress” by Colette, “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid, “Where the Water Is” by Jan Shoemaker, and Anne Sexton’s “Pain for a Daughter” and “Mothers.” With Curt Columbus, Janice Duclos, Anne Scurria, Barbara Meek, and Molly Allen.
- “Fairytales” featuring “The Clever Farmer’s Daughter” and “King Thrushbeard” by The Brothers Grimm, “The Nightingale and The Rose” by Oscar Wilde, “Cinderella” by Anne Sexton, and “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” by Hans Christian Andersen. With Curt Columbus, Phyllis Kay, Angela Brazil, and Stephen Berenson.
Scenes and Songs
- See a clip of the sirens scene from black odyssey (2019)
- See a clip of the final scene from black odyssey (2019)
- See a clip from The Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe (2011)
- See another clip from The Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Stange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe (2011)
- See a clip from King Lear (2012 co-production with Dallas Theater Center)
- See a clip from The Grapes of Wrath (2013)
- See a clip from Julius Caesar (2015)
- See a clip from The Glass Menagerie (2015)
- See another clip from The Glass Menagerie (2015)
- See a clip from Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (2016)
- See a clip from Oklahoma! (2016)
- See a clip from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2017)
- See a clip from The Mountaintop (2017)
- See another clip from The Mountaintop (2017)
- See a clip from Ragtime (2018)
- See a clip from Fade (2019)
Your favorite classes for students and adults at Trinity Rep – now online! All classes meet virtually and students must have access to the internet as well as audio and visual capabilities. Registration is open now for fall classes.
- Teachers and parents, looking for tools to engage your students while at home? Try our Educational Resources page.
- Commissioned artist Miranda Rose Hall shares her poem These Days
- See the Brown/Trinity MFA class of 2020 performing contemporary monologues by clicking here.
How You Can Help
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. With the cancellation of the last two productions in our 2019-20 Season, we continue to move forward. In light of the recent times, help us be there for you when all of this is over by seeing our page on our current needs by clicking here.