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Readings and Workshops

We offer commissions and provide readings, workshops, and artist residencies to benefit both established and emerging writers—and to give our audiences opportunities to invest in new work and interact with artists. We want to inspire a deep engagement with new plays and playwrights among our audiences, and we offer limited open seating to all of our new-works projects. For more information, please contact Anika Chapin at achapin@trtc.org.




FREE READING:

THE GREAT PRETENDER
By David West Read

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:30pm

Roy Felt is better known as Mr. Felt, the host of a beloved television show where he teaches kids important lessons with the help of his puppet friends. But the show has been on a long hiatus since the death of Roy’s wife, who also voiced Mr. Felt’s primary puppet pal. As the show goes back into production a young puppeteer steps in to take over the role, much to the chagrin of Roy’s friends and longtime collaborators. Join us for a reading of this moving and hilarious new play by David West Read about life, death, and the healing power of puppets. The reading will be directed by Stephen Brackett, director of last season’s BE MORE CHILL. 

There is no cost to participate. Please reserve your space, however, by calling the box office at (732) 345-1400, or click here.

Approximate running time: 90 minutes

 



NOSOTROS: Storytelling Workshops & Theatrical Events 
Ongoing throughout our 2014/15 season
 
Join us for a new series of FREE storytelling workshops & theatrical events designed to build a closer relationship between Two River Theater and our Latino neighbors, created and led by playwright Tanya Saracho (an award-winning playwright and writer on TV’s "Girls", "Looking" and "Devious Maids") and director Jerry Ruiz (curator of Two River’s annual Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays). All who identify as Latino or Latina, regardless of national or ethnic background, are encouraged to join us for these community events. No experience is necessary to join and all ages are welcome. 
 

Numerous community partners are working with Two River to support this initiative, including Dr. Ann Bagchi, Chair of the Latino Coalition Health Committee; Casa Freehold; Abraham Lopez, Director, NJ Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development; Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County; Isabel Lopez, Family Social Worker at Monmouth Day Care Center; Marisol Mondaca, Latina Girls Group, The Source; Richard Morales-Wright, Director, Equal Opportunity Fund, Brookdale College; Casa Freehold; David Prown; Luis Rodriguez, Monmouth County Latino Chamber of Commerce, and St. Anthony’s Church. For information about how to join Two River as a community partner, contact Stephanie Coen at scoen@trtc.org


 For more info on December 2014 NOSOTROS events, click here. 

 For information on Dia de la Familia, click here. 

 

 This program has been made possible by funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


 

PAST READINGS AND WORKSHOPS:

FREE READING: In the Time of the Butterflies

Monday, November 17th at 1pm & 7pm
Location:Two River Theater’s Marion Huber Theater

In partnership with the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College and “The Big Read”, Two River Theater is presenting a reading of In the Time of the Butterflies, by Caridad Svich. Based on the 1994 novel of the same name by Julia Alvarez, the play tells the story of the four Mirabal sisters, who opposed the brutal dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. With a lyrical theatricality that brings the poetry of the novel to life, the play examines the sacrifices that are made when you must fight for what is right.  

 

2013-14


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SWISH, a new musical

By Joel Derfner
 


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2012-13

 


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THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO

By Mike Reid & Sarah Schlesinger


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PRODIGY

Book & Lyrics by Jenny Stafford
Music by Willem Oosthuysen


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The 3rd Annual Cabaret of New Songs for the Musical Theater

Featuring the songs of Jenny Stafford and Willem Oosthuysen; Christine Baugher and Brian Cavanagh-Strong; Kate Thomas and Max Mamon; Daniel Maté; Dan Marshall and Joel Derfner; Chris Staskel and Rona Siddiqui; Jahn Sood; Laura Kleinbaum and Salomon Lerner; and Julian Blackmore

 

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THE ELECTRIC BABY
By Stefanie Zadravec


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2011-12

 

JENNIFER THE UNSPECIAL
Music by Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong
Book and Lyrics by Matthew Mezzacappa

 

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RED CLAY
Music by Scott Ethier
Words by Jeff Hughes

 

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The 2nd Annual Cabaret of New Songs for the Musical Theater

Featuring the songs of: Sara Cooper and Zach Redler; Mkhululi Mabija and Dewey Fleszar; Jennifer Stafford and Willem Oosthuysen; Joe Iconis; Becca Anderson and Brandon James Gwinn; Sam Salmond and Will Aronson; Gordon Leary and Julia Meinwald; Jason Hart and Dimitri Landrain

 

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FOR NINA
By Robert Emmet Lunney

 

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THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY
By David Greenspan
From the novel by Thornton Wilder

 

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WHEN WE MET
Music & Lyrics by Julianne Wick Davis
Book by Dan Collins
Based on an original concept by Julianne Wick Davis, Sally Wilfert, and Michael Winther

 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL MYSTERIES
By Daniel Maté

 

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YOUR BLUES AIN’T SWEET LIKE MINE
By Ruben Santiago-Hudson

 

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Crossing Borders: A Free Four-Day Festival of New Play Readings by Latino Playwrights


INTRINGULIS
By Carlo Albán


PINKOLANDIA
By Andrea Thome


ENFRASCADA
By Tanya Saracho


ICARUS BURNS
By Christopher Oscar Peña

 

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2010-11

 

The 1st Annual Cabaret of New Songs for the Musical Theater

Featuring alumni of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program

 

SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND
(World premiere produced at Two River Theater in 2011-12 season)
By Madeleine George


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IN THIS HOUSE
(World premiere produced at Two River Theater in 2011-12 season)
Music by Mike Reid
Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger
Book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger, and Mike Reid


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POOR LA PATRIE
By Kia Corthron

 

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A NEW CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Peter Filichia


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Crossing Borders: A Free Four-Day Festival of New Play Readings by Latino Playwrights


MARIELA  IN THE DESERT
By Karen Zacarias

EL NOGALAR
By Tanya Saracho

HIGHWAY 47
By KJ Sanchez

TWO TEARS IN A BUCKET
By Raúl Castillo