PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Rep announces that Chicago-based
actor Scott Aiello, best known for his role of Tommy Barkow on the Showtime
television series Billions will play Vincent “Buddy” Cianci in the
highly-anticipated upcoming play, The Prince of Providence. The
production will run September 12 – October 20 and is expected to sell out.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 am online and in-person at
The play is written by George Brant and is based on the New
York Times best-selling book of the same name by Mike Stanton about the highs
and lows of the career of former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci. Cianci was
twice removed from office because of legal issues. He remains a polarizing
figure locally and a well-known political figure nationally, in part because of
the podcast Crimetown, which featured his story in its first season. The play
will be directed by Obie-Award winning Taibi Magar, a Brown/Trinity alumna who
has garnered international attention for her work.
In March 2018, Trinity Rep announced that they had
obtained the underlying rights to the book The Prince of
Providence from Stanton and subsequently commissioned Brant to adapt the
book into a play. Brant’s first commission for Trinity Rep resulted
in Into the Breeches!, which debuted during the 2017-18 Season and
has since been produced at theaters around the country. Trinity Rep commissioned
and developed The Prince of Providence with support from The Harold
and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
It was previously announced that Trinity Rep resident acting
company member Rebecca Gibel would play the role of Sheila Cianci. Other actors
in the production include resident company members: Stephen Berenson, Janice
Duclos, Mauro Hantman, Phyllis Kay, Brian McEleney, Charlie Thurston, and Joe
Wilson, Jr. Brown/Trinity MFA students Caitlin Duffy ‘20, Ian Kremer ‘20,
Lindsey Steinert ‘20, and Nick Vicinzaro ‘20 will also join the cast. Also
joining the ensemble is Erick Betancourt (Blue Bloods, New Amsterdam, For
Life). Erick grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and worked at Trinity
Rep for several years on the security staff before leaving to pursue acting. He
returns to Trinity Rep for his role in The Prince of Providence.
Associate Artistic Director, Tyler Dobrowsky, said of Scott
Aiello and the process of casting Buddy Cianci: “We were looking for an actor
who could capture Buddy's charisma, his humor, his intelligence, as well as the
more menacing qualities of the former mayor. We also wanted an actor who could
convincingly play Buddy when he first gets elected mayor in his 30s, and then
also play an older Buddy during his trial and last days in office. Scott was
that actor. He stood out in a number of ways -- he is a Julliard-trained actor
with a number of high-profile theater, film, and television credits to his
name, so we knew he could handle a role of this size and importance, and in his
auditions he really seemed to understand Buddy on a fundamental level. We're
very lucky to have him.”
ABOUT SCOTT AIELLO
Scott Aiello is a graduate of the Julliard School's Drama Division, as well as
The Second City's Conservatory for Improv and Sketch Comedy. He has appeared in
various productions, including Support Group for Men at the
Contemporary American Theater Festival in 2019. He debuted his first
full-length play Bernie and Mikey's Trip to the Moon in 2018 in New
York City. He is known for his recurring guest roles on CBS' The Good
Fight, Showtime’s Billions, and TBS' The Last O.G. and has narrated
over 100 audiobooks.
ABOUT TAIBI MAGAR
Director Taibi Magar has been a sought-after director around
the country since graduating from the Brown/Trinity MFA program in 2014.
Her Trinity Rep directing credits include The Hunchback of Seville, A Christmas
Carol, and last season’s The Song of Summer. She recently directed We Live in
Cairo at Boston’s American Repertory Theater. She won the 2018 Obie Award in
directing for her production of Is God Is at Soho Rep. Her work has garnered
international attention, including productions at the Hamburg Festival,
Edinburgh Festival, Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne, and Soho Theatre in
THE PRINCE OF PROVIDENCE TICKETS
The Prince of Providence is one of the most anticipated
theatrical events of the season and is expected to sell out. The show has been
a driving factor behind significant growth in Trinity Rep’s subscriber count.
The number of new subscribers has more than doubled compared to previous years,
as subscribers receive significant discounts and the best seats for this
once-in-a-generation show. Subscriber tickets begin at $20 per show and final
discounts may be as high as 75%.
Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 10.
Tickets will be available online at trinityrep.com/buddy or in person at the Trinity Rep box
office, located at 201 Washington St. The lobby will open at 8:30 am. Tickets
will not be available by phone on August 10. Regular phone and walk-up service
will resume on Monday, August 12 and tickets will be available online at any
time for as long as they remain.
Group tickets to The Prince of Providence will go on sale on
August 5 at 10:00 am. Groups of 10 or more can receive up to 25% off but seats
are limited. Groups get specialized personal service and planning assistance.
For more information, contact Group Sales Associate Ava Mascena at (401)
453-9238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THE PRINCE OF
Other special performances for The Prince of Providence
include Open Captioned performances for the show on Sunday, September 15 at
2:00 pm and Wednesday, September 25 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. The Next Generation
Night will be held on Thursday, September 19.
The media sponsor for The Prince of Providence is Providence
Media. The 2019-20 Season Sponsors are Ocean State Job Lot and Rhode Island
Council on the Arts. Providence Tourism Council is a Supporting Season sponsor.
Southwest Airlines is the official airline of Trinity Rep.
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY
Rhode 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.
Trinity 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 more than four decades and made memories for over a
million audience members. It will return again in 2019 for its 42nd year.
Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2019-20 Season,
including the world-premiere of The Prince of Providence by George Brant, based
on the book The Prince of Providence by Mike Stanton; Fade by Tanya Saracho;
August Wilson’s Radio Golf; A Tale of Two Cities by Brian McEleney, based on the
novel by Charles Dickens; Sweat by Lynn Nottage; and Sweeney Todd: The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by
Hugh Wheeler. Single tickets for all shows other than The Prince of Providence
and A Christmas Carol will go on sale August 20.