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Two River Theater announces 2022-23 season


originally published: 05/20/2022

Two River Theater announces 2022-23 season

(RED BANK, NJ) — Two Rivers Theater has announced an exciting 2022-23 theater season featuring world premieres and plays featuring some of American theater’s most critically acclaimed talent. Artistic Director John Dias says: “Each of these pieces focuses on artworks: painting, sculpture, poetry or music and celebrates the transformative power of art to provoke and stimulate, to make us laugh and exult, to help us to mourn and to heal, but mostly to bring us together, to affirm our common humanity.”

opening of the season will be wine in the wilderness, written by pioneering playwright Alice Childress, and directed by Obie Award winner Brandon J. Dirden. The new year is kicked off with the complex and darkly comic world premiere of live and breathe by Mando Alvarado, which was part of the Two River Theater Crossing Borders Festival 2019. In spring 2023, Two River presents Shakespeare’s classics Romeo and Juliet in a modern verse translation by Hansol Jung, produced as part of the NAATCO (National Asian American Theater Company) National Partnership Project. Finally the passionate story of revolution, art and forbidden love, Two sisters and a piano written by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz will conclude the season giving audiences a glimpse into the shifting global politics surrounding 1990’s Havana.

The season will also mark the 10th anniversary of the hugely successful youth education programme, A little Shakespearein which local students collaborate with professional artists to stage a 75-minute adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

WINE IN THE WILDERNESS (October 15 – November 6, 2022) by Alice Childress; Directed by Brandon J Dirden. As a riot rocks his Harlem neighborhood on a hot summer night, artist Bill Jameson is more focused on completing his latest work: three paintings depicting three types of black womanhood. More than just his artistic vision is challenged by the arrival of an unexpected muse who refuses to be bound by his superficial assumptions about all that black womanhood can be. This reflection on how art truly reflects life is led by Obie Award winner Brandon J. Dirden (Director of August Wilson’s). radio golf and King Hedley II) and features Crystal Dickinson (A raisin in the sunAugust Wilsons Seven Guitars).

LIVE AND BREATH (January 28 – February 26, 2023) by Mando Alvarado; Directed by Rebecca Martinez. The impulsive purchase of provocative art — a living Latino paid to act like a statue — shatters a multi-racial group of friends by raising questions about commodification, stereotypes and complacency. While the validity of the artist’s vision may be debatable, one thing is undeniable: the friendship between these three men is far more fragile than they thought. This complex, darkly funny and thought-provoking play by Mando Alvarado was part of the 2019 Two River Theater Crossing Borders Festival.

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ROMEO AND JULIET (April 8-30, 2023) by William Shakespeare; In a modern verse translation by Hansol Jung. The classic tale of an unhappy love is written by playwright Hansol Jung (Wolf Play, Wild Goose Dreams, paper piano). This new version of Shakespeare’s Ode to Young Love, which premiered in 2020 as part of Two River Theater’s online reading series Two River Rising, was originally published by Play On! Project. It is produced under the National Partnership Project of NAATCO (National Asian American Theater Company).

TWO SISTERS AND A PIANO (June 3-25, 2023) by Nilo Cruz. Despite being under house arrest, writer Maria Celia and her sister Sofia can still hear the rumors of changing global politics in 1990s Havana. As they await changes for Cuba and their situation, it’s uncertain whether freedom will come through a change of government, Maria Celia’s distant husband, or the charismatic military officer who has begun to insinuate himself into the sisters’ lives. A passionate tale of revolution, art and forbidden love written by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz (Anna in the tropics).


A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO AND JULIET (3-11 December 2022) by William Shakespeare. Celebrating ten years of engagement by young theater artists with the work of the bard! Each season, Two River Theater produces a 75-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play – directed and created by theater professionals and performed and assisted backstage by high school students.

Tickets: Three and four-part subscription packages will be available for the 2022/23 season. Subscribers save 25% on tickets and enjoy additional benefits. Seasonal subscriptions can be purchased now by calling 732.345.1400 or at our box office at 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank. Single tickets on sale August 2022.

Adding a donation to your subscription purchase opens the door to additional benefits through our Backstage Pass program. Beginning now and throughout the 2022/23 season, subscribers who donate $120 or $10 per month will enjoy a benefit upgrade to the SECOND STUDY tier, which includes:

* Free and unlimited ticket exchange.

* Complimentary tea or coffee from concessions.

* Two vouchers for a free drink from discounts. (season 2022/23)

* Two souvenir drink cups that can be used in the theater. (season 2022/23)

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Plays, artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS: No vaccines are required for this production. All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, are required to wear masks in the theater building. Exceptions will only be made for guests eating and/or drinking in designated areas one hour prior to show time. The Two River Theater will follow any upcoming government mandates related to Covid-19. All requirements are subject to change so we can best prioritize the safety of our viewers, artists, employees and community

SPONSORSHIP: The Two River Theater sponsor for the 2022-23 season is Hackensack Meridian Health/Riverview Medical Center.

The Two River Theater is supported in part by public support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private support includes Bank of America, Mary Owen Borden Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Helen Clay Frick Foundation, The Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Foundation, Jewish Communal Fund, The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Manasquan Bank Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William T. Morris Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Zager Fuchs, PC, Zynergy Retirement Planning and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Two Rivers Theater produces a theater season that includes American and international classics, new plays and musicals, programs for young people, and festivals for new works. We also offer more than 40 events each year that reflect our diverse community in Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River produces on two stages – the Rechnitz Theater with 350 seats and the flexible Marion Huber Theater with 110 seats. The theater’s recently opened Center for New Work, Education and Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded retail and centrally located offices. Two River Theater has commissioned and premiered original projects including Be more chill by Tony Award-nominated Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first Broadway production) and Hurricane Diana by Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (who won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway run). In June 2019, USA TODAY recognized Two River nationally as one of the “10 Great Places to See a Play” across the US region. Two River Theater is managed by Artistic Director John Dias and General Manager Michael Hurst.

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