Friday, May 25, 2018

Times Critics’ Pick New Musical to Open @ Two River Theater June 9

WHEN: June 9 – July 1, 2018
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
TICKETS: $40-$70; Groups of 10+ $36-$49

Fading country star Tammy Trip returns home to the honky-tonk that launched her music career, planning to help the son she abandoned launch his own. But will her arrival do more harm than good? Dreams, ambition, love, and heartbreak—along with a good deal of whiskey—all collide in this acclaimed new musical, based on Chekhov’s The Seagull.

Songbird premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 to much critical acclaim, earning a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

“Songbird proves to be one of the more successful attempts to transpose Chekhov’s major plays…. Powered by a terrific country score [and a] smart contemporary version of the text, the show succeeds in snugly reframing the story in the world of country music.” – The New York Times

This show will truly take your breath away with a captivating story and an excellent score.” – BroadwayWorld


NJPAC Stage Exchange Reading of Tony Meneses'

The Hombres

WHEN: Friday, June 1, at 7:00pm
NJPAC's Chase Room, 1 Center St., Newark

Co​-co​mmissioned by Two River Theater, The Hombres looks at the intimacy of male relationships through the point of view of Machismo culture. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off a NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers working outside his studio—particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected.

Meneses is a New Jersey-based playwright. His work, which always includes a Latinx point of view, gives voice to Latinx experiences. His plays are about visibility and representation; they show, in Tony’s words, “that our lives are complex and diverse even within our own community.” Two River Theater has premiered two of his plays: Guadalupe in the Guest Room (2015) and The Women of Padilla (2017).