Trinity United Methodist Church
The Trinity Square Repertory Theatre was founded in 1964 by Rhode Island citizens who wanted a local, professional, resident theatre company. The first physical home that Trinity Square Repertory Theatre had was the auditorium in the educational wing of the Trinity United Methodist Church, hence the theatre company’s name. The company stayed at the Trinity United Methodist Church location until 1973, when it grew large enough to move to what was then known as the Majestic Theatre in Downtown Providence. The theatre company then because the Trinity Repertory Company. Trinity United Methodist Church, located in South Providence, changed demographically with the times and the population of its community. Hence, in the 1960s, some of the productions at Trinity represented major names in Black theatre.
Anna Strother performs at the Trinity Choral Society Benefit concert
According to a November 24, 1951 report by "Yankee Traveler" columnist Lydia T. Brown, Strother performed at the Trinity Choral Society benefit concert which benefitted the Ernest F. Poole Memorial Fund. The concert took place at the Trinity Union Auditorium, which would later become the site of the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre. Brown described Strother as a "dramatic soprano," and Strother remains the only musician that Brown acknowledges in her write-up of the event.
--written by Lydia Kelow-Bennett
Amiri Baraka’s “The Dutchman” is staged at the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre
LeRoi Jones' play "The Dutchman" was staged at the Trinity Square Repertory Theatre in February 1967. Raymond Wells was listed as the actor playing the "Young Negro." The critic covering the play for the Boston Globe, Kevin Kelly, stated that the piece would "likely..become a permanent resident among my fears," and urged his readers in Boston to make the hour trip to Providence to see the play.
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