Tom Parrish


This season — featuring stories of gods and demons, angels and icons — was larger than life, telling stories that were both epic yet intimate. Thank you for being a part of one of our biggest seasons ever, and the highest selling since 2004. The season opened with an effervescent and whimsical new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. During the holidays, our annual production of A Christmas Carol became the highest-selling and most attended show in Trinity Rep’s history, playing to near capacity crowds (subscribe now to gain early, discounted access to next year’s production and beat the rush). Featuring different community choirs in each performance (over 1,000 community performers), the production also raised over $57,000 for the Rhode Island Food Bank. The New Year began with an epic, once-in-a-lifetime combination: the breathtaking black odyssey, directed by and featuring company members Jude Sandy and Joe Wilson, Jr., followed by Brian McEleney’s tour-de-force performance of An Iliad. Curt Columbus’ thrilling production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth introduced over 2,500 students to the power of live theater. Audiences then embraced our 70th world premiere, Lauren Yee’s The Song of Summer, which will surely have life and other productions beyond Providence. And Tyler Dobrowsky infused so much fun into the locally-set and perennially popular Little Shop of Horrors. We conclude this season with José Rivera’s contemporary classic, Marisol. Since we are a non-profit organization, work of this scale and scope is only possible because of your patronage and charitable support. To help us end the season strong, through June 30, one of our Trustees and his wife are matching all new and increased donations to the Annual Fund up to $50,000. I invite you to meet the challenge and put an amazing capstone on this incredible season.

As summer approaches, Trinity gears up for Young Actors Summer Institute, one of the region’s premier summer youth programs where students in grades 1-12 take classes in acting, movement, voice, writing, directing, and design. You will also want to keep an eye out for performances of our free, bilingual co-production with Rhode Island Latino Arts, Tanta Bulla… ¿Y Pa’ Qué? (Much Ado About Nothing).

On the horizon, Trinity Rep’s 56th Season promises something for everyone: the not-to-be-missed, sure-to-sell-out The Prince of Providence about Buddy Cianci; a wonderful dramatic comedy by Tanya Saracho, Fade; August Wilson’s Radio Golf, the final work by this American theater icon; “the best of times and the worst of times” in A Tale of Two Cities; the award-winning hit Sweat by Lynn Nottage; and the musical masterpiece Sweeney Todd by America’s greatest living Broadway composer and lyricist.

When we announced the season, the box office was buzzing. With limited availability, particularly for The Prince of Providence, the only way to guarantee that you don’t miss a moment is to subscribe. Be our “Buddy” and subscribe now for the best seats and prices, beginning at only $120 for the full six-play season. Or you can purchase a Flex Pass to create your own custom season. Plus, as a subscriber, you receive great benefits like free exchanges, discounted parking, restaurant deals, and first access.

From all of us at Trinity Rep, best wishes for a fun and safe summer. See you in the fall and enjoy the show!

Tom Parrish

Executive Director