PROVIDENCE — Trinity Rep has announced that all in-person, indoor performances will be paused until fall 2021.
"While we are eager to get back onstage in front of our beloved audience, it is becoming increasingly clear that we won't be able to do so in a safe or practical fashion this winter and spring,” said Curt Columbus, The Arthur P. Solomon and Sally E. Lapides artistic director. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our audience and artists, so we are prioritizing that above all things."
"In the meantime, we have critically important work to do," Columbus continued, "Our labor in becoming a truly anti-racist theater will take centerstage in the coming months, and our online programming will be even more robust as well. I am excited about all of these initiatives and the future of Trinity Rep.”
"We embrace the opportunities presented by this rare pause of in-person performances to develop, implement, and re-forge a bold new vision for theater-making, education, and community engagement in Rhode Island,” said Trinity's Executive Director Tom Parrish.
“The organizational planning work ahead, which also includes facility and strategic planning, will ensure that when we reach the other side of the pandemic we can build Trinity Rep back as a more equitable, inclusive, and just organization for our artists, employees, and community," Parrish added. "We hope our patrons will join and support us in this transformative work.”
As the country and community grapple with the trauma of centuries of racial injustice, Trinity Rep said it will embrace the pause as an "opportunity to examine its historic and current role in upholding structures of racism and oppression, and work towards change."
The company has chartered a "non-hierarchical and representative Anti-Racism Transformation Committee," which will lead the efforts over the next 10 months while working with a consultant to add additional goals to an established list of the following preliminary objectives: establishing mandatory formal training and continued learning for all board, artists, and staff; reviewing and adapting all practices and procedures; hosting an anti-racism working forum; creating and supporting affinity groups; and developing an equity, diversity, and inclusion/anti-racism strategic plan. More details, and an opportunity to provide feedback can be found at www.trinityrep.com/antiracism.
Trinity Rep will continue to provide digital content, anchored by the twice-monthly Facebook Live show, "Your Half Hour Call with Curt," on the first and third Thursdays of each month, when Columbus will be joined by guests from the local and national theater community for a discussion.
Trinity's education staff has transitioned classes and programs to online platforms, and will continue to reach students digitally. Online classes for K-12 students and adults will begin next month, with the hope of returning to in-person classes in 2021. The staff also continues to work with education partners including schools and hospitals. The Project Discovery student matinee program will continue in modified format.
The free, online production of "A Christmas Carol," is also be a key component of the season’s digital programming. The show will mark the first time that the 43-year-old tradition will move online. Known for re-imagining the Dickens classic anew each year, Trinity Rep will integrate key elements of theatrical storytelling with technological possibilities allowed by digital production in the production that will be directed by Columbus and will feature Joe Wilson, Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Ticket holders for productions that had been scheduled, including subscribers, do not need to do anything. Their tickets will be automatically rolled over into corresponding shows once productions resume. Box office representatives will contact ticket buyers to confirm dates. In the meantime, any ticket holder with questions can contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-351-4242. For a look at the digital content being offered, visit https://www.trinityrep.com/shows/theshowgoeson.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro