Fall 2019 Season Announcements

16th Annual Providence Improv Fest at AS220

From September 12 – 15, 2019 North America’s top improv comedians will descend upon downtown Providence’s AS220 for three nights of unforgettable laughs and powerhouse performances made up completely on the spot for the 16th Annual Providence Improv Fest (PIF). Shows will run simultaneously on AS220’s Main Stage and in its Black Box Theater. Individual tickets for each show are $10 or, audiences can see an unlimited number of shows with a festival pass for only $35. As always, this year’s PIF features a wide array of performers and improvisational styles, with groups from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Florida, and more! “We continue to strive for diversity in every aspect of the fest, and this year, we’re very happy to have incredibly talented, strong representation across multiple communities,” says Tim Thibodeau, PIF’s longtime Artistic Director. “If you’ve been before, you’ll see lots of returning acts, but we also love fresh faces, so there’s plenty new to see as well.” 

For more information, see Providence Improv Fest’s website: https://www.providenceimprovfest.com/


FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative Presents Taylor Mac in Residency

Taylor Mac, one of the most provocative voices in contemporary theater, will arrive in Providence for a landmark artist residency September 12 – 15, 2019. The Tony-nominated, MacArthur “Genius” awardee is hailed for defying convention while engaging diverse audiences. FirstWorks and Brown Arts Initiative invite audiences to join for residency events centered around an abridged performance of Mac’s epic musical odyssey, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music:

  • Keynote Lecture with Taylor Mac, September 12, 5:30 pm, Brown University Granoff Center for the Arts, Register Now
  • Artist Talk with Machine Dazzle, September 13, 3:00 pm, Brown University Granoff Center for the Arts, Register Now
  • Performance of Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music | September 14, 8:00 pm, The VETS, Get Tickets Now
  • Panel Discussion on September 15, 10:30 am, Brown University Granoff Center for the Arts, Register for Wait List

“Peacefest 2019: Kids + Climate” in India Point Park

PeaceFest is The Peace Flag Project’s annual celebration of the UN International Day of Peace. It is one of thousands of free, public events hosted all over the world created by ordinary people to foster peace and focus on the peaceful aspects of life on earth. This year’s focus is on children and youth as well as on climate issues. Scheduled activities include:

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm:
    • Kids and family-friendly crafting of peace flags, peace cranes, and peace pinwheels;
    • big bubble blowing;
    • guitar & ukulele workshop.
  • 2:00 – 3:15 pm:
    • Youth performance showcase hosted by Bill Harley, performer & man of peace, including storytellers, rappers, dancers, singers, musicians and more.
  • 3:15 – 3:15 pm
    • Presentation of “Living Peace Award” to Sal Monteiro, Nonviolence Institute
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm:
    • Annual Peace Walk led by interfaith clergy
    • Event closes with prayers for peace.

for more information see the event Facebook page.


Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra 2019-2020 Season

“Welcome to a new season with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra (RICCO)! As the new music director, I am thrilled to join this wonderful organization and the thriving arts community in Rhode Island. RICCO has a distinguished reputation for presenting the great choral-orchestral masterworks that we know and love. It is my goal to continue this tradition, while bringing a fresh perspective to these classics, and presenting new works that in their own right should receive equal acclaim. Our season contains some of Handel’s most brilliant music, embodies a pure American spirit, and grapples with both faith and death. This is an exciting time for our organization and I hope you will join us for the wonderful journey.”  – Joshua Rohde, Music Director

For more information, see RICCO’s website: https://www.ricco.org/


Providence Performing Arts Center 2019-2020 Broadway Series

J.L “Lynn” Singleton, President of Providence Performing Arts Center, says that, “many of the productions in our 2019/2020 Season share a similar theme of travel, so with that in mind, we believe that this Season is ‘your ticket to a world of Broadway!’” Joseph W. Walsh, Esq., Chairman of PPAC’s Board of Directors, added that the season, “offers audiences an opportunity to travel and broaden their horizons … We are pleased to continue bringing top flight Broadway productions to the state of Rhode Island, so that people can experience the very ‘Best of Broadway,’ right here in Providence!”

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