The Providence, RI, company announced a 44th season that will also include William Shakespeare's Richard III, Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, Kathleen Tolan's Memory House and D. Salem Smith and Laura Kepley's Some Things Are Private. Acting company member Fred Sullivan, Jr. will also direct the 31st annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (Nov. 16-Dec. 30).
The troupe currently continues its season with Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance (through March 25), The Fantasticks (March 30-April 29) and The Clean House (April 27-May 27).
Lined up for the new year (subject to change) will be:
Adapted from the Robert Penn Warren Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Brian McEleney directs this new staging that "celebrates the 20th anniversary of the unforgettable ensemble drama [in which a] reluctant political insider tells the story of one man's sensational rise from the farm to the State House; ordinary people are caught in the everyday events that make history."
The Trinity Rep-commissioned drama follows a woman whose "dreams of a dance career have been replaced by the grind of office-work; her ex-husband is across town with a younger model, and now her 18-year-old daughter is questioning everything, especially her adoption from Russia."
Kevin Moriarty directs the history of an "anti-hero so brilliant, we can't help but admire his ruthless ascension to the throne."
Co-creators Smith (writer) and Kepley (director) team anew — following last season's Boots on the Ground — on this "look at the collision of our private lives with public values. Intimate relationships are a life-long, basic human need. Yet issues involving sexuality spark debate, showing how fragile 'community values' are."
"No one at the party believes eccentric Madame Arcati's séance could actually work – but when Charles' lovely and capricious first wife arrives from 'the other side,' he and his new wife are at their wits' end."
Paris by Night by Curt Columbus, Andre Pluess and Amy Warren (April 25-June 1, 2008 - Dowling)
Featuring a book and lyrics by Columbus with music by Pluess and Warren, the new musical set in the French city in 1960 follows the unconventional love story of two couples: "Sam, a brokenhearted expatriate, falls for a young soldier. Marie, a beautiful chanteuse, suspects she's mixed up with the wrong guy." Subscriptions to the season at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI, are available by calling (401) 351-4242. For more information visit www.trinityrep.com.