PROVIDENCE, R.I.: Trinity Repertory Company has announced its 2017-18 season, featuring six productions.
“As we planned the 2017-18 season, we noticed the swell of heightened communication in our country,” said artistic director Curt Columbus in a statement. “Even within our own families and communities, we have been speaking with each other with passion or anger, begging each other to understand our point of view. This next season is very much about the ways we communicate with each other when we’re fighting for our dreams.”
The season will launch with the repertory series titled “The American Dream, Then and Now” (Sept. 28-Nov, 26), featuring Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, about a salesman struggling for success in the workplace and at home. Brian McEleney will direct.
In rotating repertory will be Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew, about a makeshift family of auto workers in Detroit during the recession. Tiffany Nichole Greene will direct.
Just in time for the holidays will be A Christmas Carol (Nov. 9-Dec. 31), by Charles Dickens, featuring music by Richard Cumming. Joe Wilson, Jr. will star as Ebenezer Scrooge. Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne will direct.
Following will be the world premiere of George Brant’s Into the Breeches! (Jan. 25-Feb. 25, 2018). Written for the Trinity Rep acting company, the comedy takes place in Providence during World War II and explores how art and community can reveal humanity’s boldness. Taibi Magar will direct.
Next up will be Shakespeare’s Othello (Feb. 15- March 18, 2018), a tragedy about race, love, envy, and repentance that follows Othello and his bride Desdemona as they are betrayed by Iago. Whitney White will direct.
Next will be Native Gardens (April 5-May 6, 2018), by Karen Zacarias, a comedy about the clash of class and culture that occurs when next-door neighbors dispute a fence line.
The season will conclude the musical Ragtime (April 26-May 27, 2018), with book by Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, about the lives of three people in Harlem and how they intersect. Columbus will direct.
Founded in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company produces new and classic plays and musicals with its acting company.