Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CLASSIC COMEDY @ TWO RIVER THEATER FEB. 1-20

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A Thousand Clowns
By Herb Gardner
Directed by Davis McCallum

WHEN: February 5-20; previews Feb. 1-4; Wednesday-Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM; Wednesday, Feb. 9 & 16, 1 PM; Saturday, Feb. 12 & 19, 3 PM; Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7 PM.
WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
TICKETS: start at $35, 30 years and younger: $24
Tickets are available from www.trtc.org, over the phone from 732.345.1400 or at the Two River Theater Box Office, 21 Bridge Avenue. Discounts are available for groups, seniors, students, and patrons aged 30 and under.  This production is sponsored in part by RBC Wealth Management.

In this classic—and subversive—comedy, a whip-smart kid named Nick lives with his far-from-conventional uncle in 1960s New York. When child services knocks on his door, Uncle Murray is forced to make a decision: hold on to the kid, or hold on to his life of free-spirited fun. 

Herb Gardner received a 1963 Tony Award nomination for A Thousand Clowns and won the Variety Critics Poll as Outstanding New Playwright. For his 1965 film adaptation of the play, which was a nominee for Best Picture, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and won the Best Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild.

Featured in the cast are Crystal Finn, Matthew Gumley, Brad Heberlee, Lou Liberatore, Michael Nathanson and Nick Sullivan

Discussions and Events

Before Play: Before every performance of each subscription show at Two River Theater, an artistic staff member, artist or community leader hosts a free discussion to give context and background about the show.  For A Thousand Clowns, actors Brad Heberlee (Albert Amundson) and Lou Liberatore (Arnold Burns) will discuss their own creative journeys as they related to the world of the play. Audience members interested in attending the Before Play discussion should arrive at the theater 45 minutes prior to their scheduled performance.

Post-Play Conversations: The audience is invited to stay for a discussion with a member of the artistic staff and the cast after the following performances:  

  • Wednesdays: February 9 at 8 PM and February 16 at 1 PM
  • Sundays: February  13 and 20 at 3 PMpm

Accessibility: Two River Theater is fully wheelchair accessible and offers assisted-listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. To reserve wheel-chair accessible seating or tickets for a performance listed below, patrons should call 732.345.1400.

  • An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, at 1 PM; tickets are $15 for patrons needing audio description. 
  • An open-caption performance is scheduled for Saturday, February 19, at 3 PM; tickets are $15 for those needing open captioning.