Wednesday, April 11, 2018

TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS SEASON OF FAMILY PRODUCTIONS WITH “THE YOUNG KING,” A PLAY FOR AUDIENCES AGE 8 AND UP

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THE YOUNG KING
A PLAY FOR AUDIENCES AGE 8 AND UP, BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY OSCAR WILDE
ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY NICKI BLOOM
DIRECTED BY ANDY PACKER
PRODUCED BY SLINGSBY THEATRE, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

WHEN: Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2018.* special events around the production include a Relaxed Performance on Saturday, April 21 at 4pm **
WHERE
: Two River’s Marion Huber Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $25.
Tickets are available from www.tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its season of Theater for Young Audiences productions with The Young King, for audiences age 8 and up. Created by Slingsby Theatre, Adelaide Australia, The Young King is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom, and directed by Andy Packer. The lead sponsor is Monmouth University and the production sponsor is Rumson Country Day School. 

What kind of king would you be? A naive boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be the heir to the kingdom. Treasure and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The young and young-at-heart are invited to join the Young King in this enchanting, moving, and immersive adaptation (children are invited to participate throughout the show!) of the fairytale by Oscar Wilde. It is a coming-of-age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion, and includes unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music. Free pre-show coronation activities begin 30 minutes prior to each performance.

The Young King won the 2017 People’s Choice Award at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase.

*Friday, April 20, at 10:30 am (student matinees, tickets are $15) and 2pm; Saturday, April 21, at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm (relaxed performance) ; Sunday, April 22, at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm

**Relaxed Performance, Saturday, April 21, at 4pm: Two River is proud to offer relaxed performances that support young people on the autism spectrum and welcome them to the theater. Adjustments are made for relaxed performances, including keeping house lights on at low levels, and sound at comfortable levels, especially for startling or loud sounds. Patrons are free to talk, move around, or leave their seats during performances, and iPads and other electronic devices used for therapeutic purposes are allowed in the theater. Two River staff and volunteers with autism training provide assistance at all relaxed performances.