Trinity Rep to Present OLIVER!, 2/20-3/30
Trinity Rep continues its 50th anniversary season with the highly anticipated return of former artistic director and Academy-award nominated actor Richard Jenkins and his wife ShaRon Jenkins to bring the beloved musical Oliver! to the Providence stage. The show runs February 20 to March 30, 2014 in Trinity Rep's Chace Theater. The pair returns to direct and choreograph the Tony Award winning musical packed with favorite songs such as "Consider Yourself," "Who Will Buy?" and "Food, Glorious Food". This production of Oliver! is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and supporting sponsor The Washington Trust Company. Tickets are on sale now at www.trinityrep.com, by calling (401) 351-4242, or at the theater's box office at 201 Washington St., Downtown Providence.
"It is an understatement to say that we are thrilled that Richard and Sharon have agreed to join us to bring Oliver! to the stage this season! They are both longtime members of the Trinity Rep family - not to mention world-class talents," states Artistic Director Curt Columbus. "To have them return home for our anniversary season is just a treat for all to enjoy!"
Director Richard Jenkins was a company member at Trinity Rep for 14 seasons, starting in 1970. He served as Artistic Director for four seasons (1990-1994) and directed numerous productions during that time. Richard has appeared in over 60 feature films, and has been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Independent Spirit Awards, a Critics Choice award, a Gotham award, and won a Satellite award as well as an Academy Award nomination for his performance in The Visitor. In 2014, he can be seen in the film God's Pocket with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Trinity's own Peter Gerety, as well appearing opposite Frances McDormand in the HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge.
ShaRon Jenkins has been a choreographer at Trinity Rep for over 40 years, where she has worked with artistic directors Adrian Hall, Richard Jenkins, Amanda Dehnert, Oskar Eustis, and Curt Columbus. She has choreographed The Music Man, Annie, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cabaret, and Camelot. Jenkins spent 20 years as the dance director at Hope Arts Magnet School in Providence, 15 years as a dance specialist with the RI State Council on the Arts, 10 years as a dancer with RI Dance Rep, and 10 years as choreographer for The Arabella Project. In addition to her work at Trinity Rep, Sharon has worked at Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Center Stage, South Coast Rep and was the choreographer for Paramount Pictures feature School Ties.
While Trinity Rep's production of Oliver! marks the first time the pair have co-directed a show together, the two share a similar aesthetic when it comes to staging theater. "We are definitely approaching this show as gritty rather than glossy," ShaRon Jenkins explains. Richard adds, "It's not about giant scenery or special effects, but instead telling a story onstage that's live, sweaty and raw. This is where a less-is-more approach lets the audience make a palpable connection to the actors."
This new Trinity Rep adaptation of the classic will vividly bring to life Dickens' timeless characters, from Oliver (Phineas Peters) the orphan boy who dares to ask for "more" to the Artful Dodger(Noah Parets), the kind-hearted Nancy(Rachael Warren), mischievous Fagin (Stephen Berenson) and the sinister Bill Sykes (Timothy John Smith). Audiences will join Oliver as he navigates the streets of 19th-century London, on a search for love and family and his place in the world.