WHERE: Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
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Sept 9 – Oct 7
Book by Wendy Wasserstein and Christopher Durang
It’s Pamela’s birthday and, to celebrate, her eccentric and fabulous Aunt Louise is taking her to the big city to experience her very first Broadway musical! With a combined total of more than 20 Tony Award nominations and 6 wins, the team behind Pamela’s First Musical is bringing the theatrical event of the season to Two River Theater. World Premiere!
Nov 10 – Dec 16
By August Wilson
The year is 1985. King Hedley II has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family in this powerful and evocative look at how hope springs from even the hardest of soil. This production is the halfway mark of Two River presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. Obie Award-winner Brandon J. Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Jitney) directs.
Jan 12 – Feb 3
By Michael Frayn
Tony Award winner Michael Frayn’s Noises Off belongs on any list of the funniest plays ever written. Screwball antics, sight gags, pratfalls, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce. Sarna Lapine, whose credits include the acclaimed recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal, directs.
Feb 23 – March 24
By Martin Moran
“Martin Moran is a graceful, witty, perceptive writer" —Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America
When Margret Flynn’s health begins to fail, her son Theodore returns to their Catskills home after many years away. And so, a family’s reckoning begins. Long unsettled hurts rise up and we bear witness to the enduring power of kinship—the longing to love in the face of unstoppable change. World Premiere!
April 13 – May 5
Starring Maureen Silliman
Crafted from diary entries, letters, and poems by Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst is a spellbinding and insightful look at the life of one of America’s greatest poets. The production features the return of the beloved actress Maureen Silliman to the Two River stage and will be directed by Two River Founder Robert Rechnitz, who was a Professor of American Literature at Monmouth University for 35 years.
June 8 – June 30
By Regina Taylor
Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee is created by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway).
THEATER FOR FAMILIES:
Nov 23 – 25
Experiential Theater Company
For Everyone Ages 2+
You are invited on a magical journey to Oz with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and all the citizens of the Emerald City! Kids and their adults become part of the cast in this interactive production, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors.Who knows, you might even get the chance to play key roles, such as a Munchkin, flying monkey, or Dorothy herself!
Jan 25– Feb 2
Adapted and Directed by Sara Holdren
For Everyone Ages 9+
Celebrating its 6th season as one of Two River’s most popular education programs, A Little Shakespeare engages young artists and audiences with the work of the Bard in a 75-minute adaptation performed by local high school students who work with professional theater artists. Sara Holdren, director of last season's A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, adapts and directs the haunted tale of Macbeth, a soldier whose encounter with three mysterious witches leads him on a violent quest for power and the crown.