Two River Theater’s 25th Season Includes Wendy Wasserstein World Premiere




Two River Theater, located in Red Bank, has announced its 25th season lineup and it begins with a world premiere from award-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein. With shows for all ages and interests, there’s something for every audience member starting this September.

Check out this exciting schedule and mark your calendar: Individual Show Tickets go on sale Monday, July 9.

PAMELA’S FIRST MUSICAL  

WORLD PREMIERE

SEPT 8 – OCT 7/2018

BOOK BY WENDY WASSERSTEIN AND CHRISTOPHER DURANG

MUSIC BY CY COLEMAN

LYRICS BY DAVID ZIPPEL

DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY GRACIELA DANIELE

RECHNITZ THEATER

The theatrical event of the season and Two River Theater’s most ambitious musical to date, featuring a cast of 13 and a full band. It’s Pamela’s birthday, and Aunt Louise is taking Pamela to her very first Broadway musical! Written by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wendy Wasserstein(adapted from her book of the same title) and Tony and Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, Pamela’s First Musical captures the wonder of a child’s first experience with the spectacular, whimsical, and splendiferous world of musical theater. The show features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winners Cy Coleman and David Zippel and choreography and direction by 10-time Tony Award nominee Graciela Daniele.

AUGUST WILSON’S KING HEDLEY II

NOV 10 – DEC 16/2018

DIRECTED BY OBIE AWARD-WINNER BRANDON J. DIRDEN

MARION HUBER THEATER

Brandon J. Dirden (August Wilson’s Jitney, The Americans) has appeared in five Two River Theater productions including, most recently, A Raisin in the Sun; he made his directing debut here with August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. He returns to direct King Hedley II, a sequel to Seven Guitars that picks up the stories of Ruby and Canewell (known here as Stool Pigeon) from the earlier drama, which is set nearly four decades earlier. The year is 1985 and King Hedley II, Ruby’s son, has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family. King Hedley II grapples with how hope can spring from even the hardest of soil. The production is the halfway mark of Two River presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

JOURNEY TO OZ: 

A WIZARD OF OZ STORY

NOV 23 – 25/2018

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER PARKS

MUSIC COMPOSITION AND SOUND DESIGN BY JOSH TOTORA

RECHNITZ THEATER

Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center—literally—as they are invited on a journey to Oz with Dorothy. Kids and their adults become part of the cast in this interactive production, singing, dancing and acting alongside professional actors. The audience will help the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, the Lion, and all the citizens of the Emerald City on this adventure.

NOISES OFF

JAN 12 – FEB 3/2019

BY TONY AWARD-WINNER MICHAEL FRAYN

DIRECTED BY SARNA LAPINE

RECHNITZ THEATER

Produced at Two River Theater 20 years ago in the company’s 5th Anniversary Season, Michael Frayn’s Noises Off belongs on any list of the funniest plays ever written. In this celebrated backstage farce-within-a-farce, mayhem ensues as a third-rate touring theater troupe rehearses and then performs the ill-fated Nothing On. Sarna Lapine, whose credits include the acclaimed recent Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, directs.

A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE

JAN 25 – FEB 2/2019

MARION HUBER THEATER

Celebrating its 6th season as one of Two River’s most popular programs, A Little Shakespeare engages young artists and audiences with the work of the Bard. A 75-minute version of one of Shakespeare’s plays—adapted, directed and designed by professional artists—will be performed by local high school students in the Marion Huber Theater. The play title will be announced shortly.

THEO

WORLD PREMIERE

FEB 23 – MARCH 24/2019

BY OBIE AWARD-WINNER MARTIN MORAN

DIRECTED BY CAROLYN CANTOR

MARION HUBER THEATER  

When 70-year-old Margret finds her health deteriorating, her son Theodore returns to their Catskills home after many years away. There, he finds his sister, Beth, struggling to deal with their ailing mother and her transgender child. Theo confronts the shameful events of his youth and reconnects with his mother’s home aid, an acquaintance from his earlier high school years. A moving look at how families change—and how they don’t—in this warm portrait of kinship, love, and the pursuit of one’s true self.

THE BELLE OF AMHERST

APRIL 13 – MAY 5/2019

STARRING MAUREEN SILLIMAN

BY WILLIAM LUCE

DIRECTED BY ROBERT RECHNITZ

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Crafted from diary entries, letters, and poems by Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst offers a rare window into the often secluded life and home of one of America’s greatest poets. The production will be directed by Two River Founder Robert Rechnitz and features the return of the beloved actress Maureen Silliman to the Two River stage.

OO-BLA-DEE

JUNE 8 – JUNE 30/2019

BY REGINA TAYLOR

ORIGINAL MUSIC BY DIEDRE L. MURRAY

DIRECTED BY RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

RECHNITZ THEATER

Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of a female bebop band of African-American musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II. A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee will be brought to life by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway), and Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess).