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Curt Columbus, The Richard L. Bready Artistic Director Michael Gennaro, Executive Director 201 Washington Street Providence Rhode Island 02903 www.trinityrep.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2013 CONTACT: Myah Shein, Public Relations and Advertising Manager, mshein@trinityrep.com (401) 521-1100 X226

TRINITY REP’S THE GRAPES OF WRATH BLOOD DRIVE Friday, September 13, 2:30-5:30 at Trinity Rep PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company has announced that in tandem with the depression era drama, The Grapes of Wrath, they are partnering with the RI Blood Center for a Blood Drive on Friday, September 13th from 2:30pm5:30pm at Trinity Repertory Company, 201 Washington St in Providence in order to raise awareness and urge donations. All pre-registered donors will get a free ticket to a performance of The Grapes of Wrath, onstage now through October 6 at Trinity Rep. To register, login to www.ribcdonor.org and follow the steps to Trinity Rep’s drive.

“The Grapes of Wrath is a play about the strength of a community when faced with overwhelming hardship. The play’s themes including equality and worker’s rights, certainly ring true to us today, and organizations such as the RI Blood Center facilitate the community in saving lives no matter who is in need,” says Curt Columbus, The Richard L. Bready Artistic Director.

Every day patients in Rhode Island and Southern New England need blood transfusions to recover from illness and injury. RI Blood Center's goal is to collect about 240 pints daily to meet these patient needs. It takes less than an hour to fill out the necessary forms and donate a pint of blood. Trinity Rep and RI Blood Center hope you will join the cause by giving the Gift of Life - a blood donation – and then join fellow donors at The Grapes of Wrath. Donors are advised to bring identification with a photo or signature and eat well and drink fluids before you donate. Juice and cookies are also provided free after donation.

Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati, this evocative and deeply affecting stage version of The Grapes of Wrath lifts Steinbeck’s novel to new heights of theatrical urgency, especially when married with director Brian McEleney's visceral storytelling style. Part naturalistic epic, part road novel, part inspirational gospel, The Grapes of Wrath boasts a 17 member cast and original folk-rock music from the show's band, 3pile. Tickets for The Grapes of Wrath are available at the Trinity Rep box office, 201 Washington St.; by phone at (401) 351-4242; and online at www.trinityrep.com.

To donate blood and platelets individuals must be 17 years of age, weight 110 pounds, and be in general good health. Sixteen-year-olds may donate if they weigh 130 pounds, have a parental permission slip (available on the Blood Center’s web site), and be in general good health. If you have any questions about donating blood, please contact the Blood Center at (401) 453-8307 or visit their website at www.ribc.org. If you have any questions about the Trinity Rep's “Zombie Prevention” Blood Drive, contact Rebecca Noon at rnoon@trinityrep.com.

Note: The media are welcome to cover the drive and are asked to get permission from donors before taking photographs.


TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 120,000. In its almost 50year history, the theater has produced 61 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 46th year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, Trinity Rep’s educational programs reached nearly 15,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students through matinees as well as in-school residencies and workshops. Brown University/Trinity Rep offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Trinity Rep's 2012-2013 season concludes with House & Garden, an epic duo of interconnected plays by Alan Ayckbourn performed simultaneously in our upstairs and downstairs theaters. Subscriptions are now on sale for Trinity Rep's 50th Anniversary 2013-2014 season, which includes John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, the New England premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard, Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and the world premiere of Veronica Meadows by Stephen Thorne. For more information, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep's website at www.trinityrep.com. RHODE ISLAND BLOOD CENTER Rhode Island Blood Center was established in 1979 as a non-profit community blood center. The Blood Center is the only source of blood and blood products for the hospitals’ of Rhode Island while also serving customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Rhode Island Blood Center must collect 240 to 280 pints of blood daily to meet the needs of its community, relying on the generosity of volunteer blood donors. Employing more than 350 individuals in a variety of positions, the Blood Center also works with some 180 volunteers, and operates five fixed donor centers throughout the Rhode Island. Working with a variety of sponsors, the Blood Center also runs more than 3,000 mobile blood drives annually. The Rhode Island Blood Center is an owner-member of Blood Centers of America (BCA), and a member of AABB, and the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). The Blood Center is regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and accredited by AABB, National Marrow Donor Program, American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). ###


Trinity Rep hosts Blood Drive 9.13