PROVIDENCE — Trinity Repertory Company will kick off its new season with the world premiere of "The Prince of Providence," an adaptation by George Brant of the New York Times best-selling book by Mike Stanton about Providence’s legendary mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci.
Following the career of Cianci, "The Prince of Providence" examines the complicated relationship that Providence has with its controversial longtime mayor. His visionary leadership during more than two decades of growth and rebirth is inseparably linked with removal from office, assault charges, and a corruption conviction.
Last year, Trinity commissioned Brant to do the adaptation, and following an extensive development process, the play will launch the Trinity Rep 2019-20 Season in September with a limited six-week run in the company’s Dowling Theater. The production will be directed by Obie Award-winning director Taibi Magar. Casting for the production will be announced this summer.
Up next will be the New England premiere of the behind-the-scenes dramatic comedy, "Fade," written by Tanya Saracho, a successful writer for hit television series including "How to Get Away with Murder," "Girls," "Looking," and "Vida."The two-character story is set in the offices of a Hollywood television studio.
August Wilson's "Radio Golf," the final play by acclaimed and award-winning playwright and the culmination of his 10-play American Century Cycle, is next on the schedule. A chronicle of the African-American experience in each decade of the 20th century, the play features the central character Harmond Wilks, a real estate developer and entrepreneur who aspires to be Pittsburgh’s first black mayor but must come to terms with what history is left behind in the wake of progress and growth. The production is slated to be directed by Jude Sandy, who co-directed the company's "black odyssey" earlier this year.
Rooted in Trinity Rep’s long history of adapting literary classics for contemporary audiences, company member Brian McEleney has crafted a relevant and remarkable adaptation of Charles Dicken’s "A Tale of Two Cities" for the next production. Associate Artistic Director Tyler Dobrowsky will direct the action, famously set in Paris and London during the French Revolution.
The season continues with the Pulitzer Prize-winner "Sweat," by Lynn Nottage, which ran Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2016 and on Broadway in 2017. This highly-acclaimed play, set in America’s Rust Belt was inspired by interviews Nottage conducted with the residents of Reading, Penna., over the course of roughly two years. The characters and story that emerged involve shattered friendships, violence, and resentment when the opportunities once afforded to a town disappear. Director Christie Vela returns to Providence to lead the production. She was most recently at Trinity Rep directing "Native Gardens" in 2018.
For the first time in more than two decades, Trinity will includes a Stephen Sondheim-composed musical in its lineup, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." The 40th Anniversary production will be directed by Curt Columbus, who was at the helm of recent musicals "Ragtime" and "Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage," and concerns the darkly comic pursuit of vengeance by the title character.
Subscription packages for the 2019-20 season are now available, including the popular 6-Play full season package for the best seats and prices. Based on the popularity of the season and limited seating availability, full season subscribers will be the only ones guaranteed seats to "The Prince of Providence." Flex Pass packages including up to 8 ticket vouchers that can be mixed and matched throughout the season to create a custom experience are also available, although the best seats are subject to availability. Subscribers may add on tickets at a discount to "A Christmas Carol" before they go on sale to the general public. Subscriber benefits also include free ticket exchanges, parking, and dining discounts, and invitations to special backstage events.
Packages begin at $120 for six plays. Payment plans are available. The Trinity Rep box office is located at 201 Washington Street, Providence,and can be reached by calling 401- 351-4242. Remaining tickets will become available to non-subscribers in summer 2019.
For dates of performances and more information, visit www.trinityrep.com
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro