After a series of stand-alone productions at various venues in Rhode Island, Epic Theatre Company launched its first full season in November of 2012 at the Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The following year, it began its eight-year residency at the Artists’ Exchange in Cranston, Rhode Island, producing numerous state and world premieres alongside re-imagined classics and contemporary favorites year-round.
The original mission of the company was to create more opportunities for actors and directors in Rhode Island at a time when the indie theater community was experiencing a lull. Epic’s summer monologue shows became famous for putting hundreds of actors onstage, performing brand new work over the course of several weeks. The company also proudly staged productions every year focusing on the LGBTQ experience at a time when those stories were not being told as widely in the state.
Since its inception, Epic has pursued some of the boldest theatrical projects and continues to be a haven for artists looking to push the boundaries of what theater can be, whether it be creating a play at an indoor pool or an outdoor barbecue, coming under fire from an Oscar nominee or inviting audiences to head for the doors when the show in front of them gets a little too racy. Rhode Island Monthly named Epic the state’s “Edgiest Theatre Company” and it’s a title that holds firm as we continue to bring the best of original theatre to our audiences.
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