PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company is delighted
to announce Rhode Island Latino Arts’s (RILA) executive director Marta V.
Martínez has been invited to join the theater as an Artist-in-Residence. As
an Artist-in-Residence, Martínez will advise Trinity Rep as they develop
theater-based programs by and for the Latinx people of Rhode Island. Martínez
will also study how Trinity Rep produces their plays, develops new work, and
structures their theater education programs for young people, in the hopes of
creating an independent bilingual theater company.
the past three years, we have worked closely with Marta on our initiatives to
collaborate with members of Providence's Latinx community,” remarked Artistic
Director Curt Columbus. “I'm particularly thrilled Marta will be around our
offices and rehearsal spaces more often, as we look to create more programming
about, by, and for the Latinx audiences in Rhode Island. We hope one day
to announce with Marta the creation of bilingual Latinx theater company.”
Island Latino Arts and Trinity Rep have partnered the past two summers to
create a mobile, bilingual production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and
Juliet, which featured members of the Providence Latinx community as well
as Brown/Trinity MFA students. The production toured to locations around the
state, including WaterFire, the South Providence Library, the Steel Yard and
the Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park, among others. It was seen by almost
two organizations also worked together this past fall to co-host a reading of Just
Like Us, a play by Karen Zacarías based on the true story of DREAMers
living in the US. The purpose of the reading was to raise awareness of what
cancelling DACA will mean for thousands of young immigrants.
provides invaluable insight and strong connections to the Latinx community of
Rhode Island, so I’m incredibly happy to have her on board,” said Tyler
Dobrowsky, associate artistic director and producer of the mobile, bilingual
summer program. “The programs we’ve partnered with RILA on never could have
happened without Marta’s outstanding leadership. The wisest thing she ever said
to me was that, as Trinity Rep attempts to strengthen our ties to the Latinx
community, we have to view the relationship not just as a one-off, or something
that only happens when we do a particular play written by a Latinx writer, but
rather a relationship that lasts forever. Having Marta as an
artist-in-residence will be a big step toward making that relationship stronger
and more long-lasting.”
partnership is so meaningful in many ways,” adds Martínez. “The Latino
community of Rhode Island will now have the opportunity to delve more deeply
into the art of theater making, to take advantage of the talent and resources
that state’s leading theater company has to offer. Since it was founded in
1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional
theaters in the country. As an artist-in-residence, my main goal will be to
connect Latinos with Trinity Rep's creative team of directors, writers,
producers, and actors. The dream of having a bilingual Latino theater company
in Rhode Island and Trinity Rep is now closer to becoming a reality."
conjunction with Trinity Rep’s next production, Native Gardens by Karen
Zacarías, Trinity Rep and RILA are partnering up again. The play is about the
hilarious clash of cultures that occurs when a young, recently married Latinx
couple moves next door to an older, white couple in a well-off D.C.
neighborhood. Martínez is collaborating on Trinity Rep's Context &
Conversation: Native Gardens, which will be held at Radia Herbs Farm in Cranston
on April 22, 2018, at 2 pm. And RILA is offering group rate tickets to one
performance during the upcoming Encuentro 2018 Latinos in Heritage
Conservation convening, being held April 26-28.
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY
Island’s Tony Award-winning theater, Trinity Rep has created unparalleled
professional theater for and with its community since its founding in 1963.
Trinity Rep strives to facilitate human connection and has been a driving force
behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region for more than 50 years.
Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by
creating emotionally-stimulating live productions that range from classical to
contemporary and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Its
annual production of A Christmas Carol has brought families together for
40 years and made memories for over a million audience members.
for the 2017-18 season are now on sale. The season includes Death of a
Salesman by Arthur Miller, Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau, Into
the Breeches! by George Brant, Othello by William Shakespeare, Native
Gardens by Karen Zacarías, and Ragtime by Terrence McNally, music by
Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, based on the novel by E.L.
Doctorow. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the box
office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep's website at www.TrinityRep.com.