PROVIDENCE — Trinity Rep has announced new ways to get tickets for the first performances of "The Prince of Providence," which has numerous sold-out performances and is already drawing audiences from 23 states. Every Monday beginning at 10 a.m., additional tickets will be released for sale for that week’s performances. Those tickets will be sold at regular prices. In addition, the day before each performance, patrons can enter a lottery for a limited number of $49 tickets between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Only submissions time-stamped between those hours will be entered into the drawing. Lottery winners will be notified beginning at 2:00 pm and will have one hour to contact the box office to complete their order; otherwise new winners will be chosen. There is a two-ticket maximum for lottery tickets and standard handling charges will apply. The only exceptions to lottery availability are: Monday, Sept. 16 (opening night) and Thursday, Sept. 12 (first preview). All remaining tickets for the performance on Sept. 12 will be held for Pay What You Can tickets, which will be available in person at the theater beginning at 6 p.m., with a limit of one ticket per person.
"The Prince of Providence" is a world premiere play written by George Brant, based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Mike Stanton about the highs and lows of the career of former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci. Cianci left office twice because of legal issues. He remains a polarizing figure locally and a well-known political figure nationally, in part because of the podcast Crimetown, which featured his story in its first season. The play is directed by Obie-Award winning Taibi Magar, a Brown/Trinity alumna who has garnered international attention for her work, and features New York-based actor Scott Aiello as Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci. Aiello is best known for his role as Tommy Barkow in the Showtime TV series "Billions."
After breaking records when tickets went on sale Aug. 10, the theater extended the production for one week, adding eight performances and moving the closing date to Oct. 27.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro
Tickets can also be purchased through the box office Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m., or online at any time. Tickets are limited for many performances, with best availability Oct. 23 – 27 in the eight added performances added by the theater last week. Patrons may also subscribe to the entire season for as little as $20 per ticket, including to "The Prince of Providence." Additional performances will not be added; the show must close Sunday, October 27.
More information about the show, the lottery, and current availability can be found at trinityrep.com/buddy or by contacting the box office at 401-351-4242.