Trinity Rep Announces 2018-19 Season
PROVIDENCE, RI: Tony
Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company, under the artistic leadership of Arthur
P. Solomon and Sally E. Lapides Artistic Director Curt Columbus, announced the
company’s 55th season today. The 2018-19 Season, which includes a six-play
subscription series plus a limited-run special engagement and the 41st annual
production of A Christmas Carol, is one of the largest the company has ever
produced and one of the most diverse. The season will run from October 4, 2018
through June 16, 2019. Casting announcements for the season will begin later
Though the shows in the season vary both in style and when they were written, they all take stories and characters familiar to audiences and re-examine them in new and exciting ways. The storytelling in next season promises to be highly theatrical and larger than life. This season also represents another step in the company’s ongoing commitment to increasing opportunities for women and people of color to be a part of the storytelling process. The 2018-19 Season features the work of at least 11 women and people of color as playwrights and directors, a number that is expected to grow as more directors and designers are contracted for shows.
Columbus selected the season with an eye toward the current mood of the public and a look into the future in an attempt to predict how these stories will resonate with audiences a year from now. He commented, “In difficult times, we always return to the great stories that people tell to each other, stories that offer hope, that speak to what is truly brilliant within us, as humans, stories that acknowledge the eternal spark of our species. That's why we've chosen these plays for this season, because they speak to the indomitable spirit of humankind in surprising, new, and unexpected ways.”
The season begins with a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill. This playful and comedic adaptation of Austen’s much-beloved novel runs October 4 – November 4, 2018. The play premiered in 2017 and has quickly become one of the most popular new plays for regional theaters around the country. The adaptation remains true to Austen’s story while infusing a new sense of hilarity and effervescence.
Trinity Rep will then continue its four-decade-long tradition of producing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Helmed by director Mark Valdez, this year’s production will begin performances November 8 and run through December 30, 2018. As is the company’s custom, the entire production will be completely new from casting to design and theatrical magic. This past season’s production became the highest selling show in Trinity Rep history. Tickets for this popular production are currently available only to subscribers and will become available to the general public on July 25.
Following the start of the new year, the company will introduce audiences to Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey, in its East Coast premiere from January 3 – February 3, 2019. The play is an epic and glorious reimagining of Homer’s classic poem that combines Greek mythology and African-American history of the last fifty years.
Gardley’s play will be immediately followed by a limited-run special event that provides audiences a unique opportunity to experience both of Homer’s famous works in stunningly contemporary and relatable productions. An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, a tour de force one-person show, take audiences through familiar tales of gods and goddesses, and wars and battles. The production will run for one week only, February 6 through February 10, 2019, and is available only to subscribers until October 1.
Audiences will then be treated to a masterful production of Macbeth, directed by Curt Columbus, who has long had this play on his short list of plays to direct and produce. Shakespeare’s legendary tragedy is a stunning examination of power, ambition, murder, and madness. This production will run January 31 through March 3, 2019.
The company will then pivot to an exciting world premiere by Lauren Yee, which runs March 14 – April 14, 2019. Like the recent hit Into the Breeches!, Yee’s new play The Song of the Summer was commissioned by Trinity Rep and written for the company’s resident actors. Yee was the winner of the National Arts Club’s 2017 Kesselring Prize and was awarded the 2018-19 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. In addition, she was a finalist for the 2018 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama and the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her play introduces us to a pop icon who abandons his concert tour to return to his hometown where he will make discoveries that change his career and life.
The season continues with the popular and award-winning musical Little Shop of Horrors, which runs April 11 through May 12, 2019. The musical was written by the famous duo of Howard Ashman (book and lyrics) and Alan Menken (music) and served as the basis for the 1986 film adaptation. In the sci-fi inspired cult favorite, a strange and unusual plant seems like just the thing to save a struggling Skid Row flower shop, but things get complicated and messy when the plant turns out to feed only on blood.
The season will close with José Rivera’s Marisol, which runs May 16 – June 16, 2019 in the Dowling Theater. The Obie Award-winning play was first produced in 1992. Its themes remain relevant to contemporary audiences trying to make sense of a world they don’t recognize. The fantastical and surreal story centers on Marisol Perez’s attempt to find hope among the ruins when she wakes up one day to find her reality displaced by the effect of a war between God and the angels.
Subscription packages for the 2018-19 Season are now available, including the popular 6-Play full season package for the best seats and prices, as well as an opening night package and Flex Pass of up to 10 ticket vouchers that can be mixed and matched throughout the season to create a custom experience. Subscribers may add on tickets at a discount to both A Christmas Carol and An Iliad before either becomes available to the general public. Subscriber benefits include free ticket exchanges, parking and dining discounts, and invitations to special backstage events. Packages begin at just $114 for six plays. The Trinity Rep box office is located at 201 Washington Street, Providence, RI, and can be reached by calling (401) 351-4242. www.trinityrep.org