PROVIDENCE — Trinity Rep will open its new season on Oct. 8 with “Pride and Prejudice,” by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. The play will be directed by Birgitta Victorson and runs Oct. 4 to Nov. 4. The treasured and iconic “will they or won’t they” romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy will be infused with fresh vitality and hilarity in this effervescent new comedic adaptation. Mrs. Bennett is determined to find suitable husbands for her daughters, but can’t quite get fiercely independent Elizabeth on board — at least not when it comes to the impossibly arrogant Mr. Darcy. At once both warmly familiar and surprisingly funny, the Bennett family’s shenanigans have never felt so modern.
The next play on the calendar will be Rhode Island’s family holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” opening Nov. 13, with original music by Richard Cumming. The director will be Mark Valdez. This year’s show will tell the joyful story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from solitude to redemption. Inspired by Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, Scrooge learns lessons that continue to remind us all about the true spirit of the holiday season.
The new year will begin with “black odyssey,” By Marcus Gardley, based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” and directed by Kent Nash. The show opens Jan. 3 and will run through Feb. 3. This version tells the story of Lincoln, who is lost at sea and presumed dead. The Gulf War veteran struggles to find his way back home to his wife and son while unknowingly being controlled by a host of gods — both scheming and benevolent. Along the way, he must confront his ancestral past so that he can embrace his unsettled present. His journey is an epic, breathtaking, and gloriously theatrical reimagining of Homer’s classic that brilliantly combines Greek mythology and African-American history of the last 50 years.
A limited engagement of “An Iliad,” By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s “The Iliad,” and translated by Robert Fagles, will run from Feb. 6-10, when the journey with the great poet Homer continues with this special theatrical event. A captivating lone storyteller recounts the familiar tales of gods and goddesses, wars and battles, and humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos over the millennia.
The season continues with “Macbeth, to be directed by Curt Columbus. Shakespeare’s thriller opens Jan. 31 and runs through March 3. Tempted by the eerie visions of three mysterious witches and pushed by his ruthless wife, Macbeth is determined to grab what he wants — the throne of Scotland. Unchecked greed and ambition fuel his bloody rise to power, but his ego ultimately brings about his brutal end, while Lady Macbeth’s guilt and paranoia lead to one of the theater’s most riveting descents into madness.
“The Song of Summer,” by Lauren Yee, to be directed by Taibi Magar, will open March 14 and run for a month through April 14. That song on every radio and wedding DJ’s playlist — that catchy earworm that’s inescapable for an entire summer — the “song of the summer” … there’s more to it than everyone knows. There’s more to know about its singer, too — like why he snuck away from a concert and traveled hundreds of miles to visit the home of his childhood piano teacher. What — and who — he finds there could change his career and his life. A touching story about how revisiting the past can change our future.
Next up is “Little Shop of Horrors,”Little Shop of Horrors, Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky, April 11 — May 12. A perennially-popular, award-winning musical, Little Shop of Horrors blends doo-wop, rock, and Motown into a charming and totally-twisted must-see Trinity Rep event. A strange and unusual plant seems like just the thing to save a beleaguered Skid Row flower shop and its hapless employees, Seymour and Audrey. But when that plant turns out to feed only on blood and is inclined toward world-domination, well … things get a little messy. This deviously delicious musical will be fun for the whole family.
“Marisol,” By José Rivera, which opens on May 16 and runs through June 16, tells the story of Marisol, who goes to bed in her New York City apartment but awakens after a visit from her guardian angel to a surreal and crumbling new reality.
The Bronx has become a battlefield as leather-clad angels take up arms against an old and dying God in a war to save the universe. The moon has disappeared, food has turned to salt, and chaos follows Marisol at every turn as she attempts to find hope among the ruins in this primal, poetic, fantastical, and often humorous contemporary classic.
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