If you're standing on Aborn Street outside Trinity Rep's home in Providence, Rhode Island, look up at that street sign; as of Dec. 2, you'll be standing on "Adrian Hall Way." The official name change for that section of the block honors the first artistic director of Trinity Rep, who guided the theatre from 1964 to 1989.
Hall will celebrate his 70th birthday Dec. 1, with a gala dinner at L'Apogee at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence. Not only that, he'll be the recipient of the first annual Adrian Hall Award, designed and sculpted by Sunny Warner and Nat Hesse. Trinity company members and Hall's friends and associates will join the gala, which includes a slide show of Hall's life and career.
Under Hall's tutelage, Trinity Rep began with Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending and since then presented 34 premieres. The theatre won a 1981 regional Tony Award. During his last five years at Trinity, Hall also served as artistic director of Dallas Theatre Center.
Tickets to the Hall party are available to the general public, $30-$100, with proceeds going to establish a permanent fund in Hall's name. For more information call (401) 521-1100, x. 237.
In other Rep news, Having Our Say, Emily Mann's adaptation of the Delany Sisters' autobiography, was recently extended to Dec. 7, past its Nov. 30 original close. The show features Amentha Dynally and Barbara Meek. Sadie Delany is still alive and writing, by the way; she's 108. -- By David Lefkowitz