2017 CROSSING BORDERS (CRUZANDO FRONTERAS) FESTIVAL
August 2, 2017 - August 6, 2017
A FIVE-DAY CELEBRATION OF NEW PLAYS BY LATINO WRITERS, WITH FOOD AND MUSIC
All readings and events are FREE and open to the public.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Neighborhood Party on the Two River Plaza: Wednesday, August 2 at 5:30pm
Two River Theater kicks off Crossing Borders with an outdoor neighborhood party on the Two River Plaza with opportunities to meet the artists involved in the festival, food, and live music!
Guest Lecture: Wednesday, August 2 at 7pm
FREE Play Readings - Titles TBA:
- Thursday, August 3 at 7:30pm
- Friday, August 4 at 7:30pm
- Saturday, August 5 at 3pm
- Saturday, August 5 at 7:30pm (Spanish-language reading)
- Sunday, August 6 at 3pm
Unless otherwise noted, all readings and events will take place in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater and be performed in English, followed by an opportunity to meet the festival artists in the theater’s Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library. Schedule & artist lineup subject to change at any time.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
Since Crossing Borders launched in 2011, the annual five-day festival has featured free readings of more than two dozen plays, including many that have gone on to full productions at Two River (Pinkolandia, Ropes and next season’s El CoquÍ Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom) and elsewhere. Today, it attracts more than 700 people annually and includes English-language readings of four plays (one of which is also read in Spanish), conversations with artists following every reading, a keynote address from a leader within the Latino arts community, and a free outdoor neighborhood party with live music.
A company of actors, writers, directors, and other artists will be in residence throughout the festival. Crossing Borders is curated by Stephanie Ybarra, who serves as the Director of Special Artistic Projects at The Public Theater in New York, where she leads the Mobile Unit and Public Forum programs.
New this season, we will also be expanding the festival to include a community mural project. In conjunction with Indie Street Film Festival and Kitch Organic, Crossing Borders festival artists along with community leaders and 20 local youth will work together to paint a mural on the wall of Kitch Organic, on the West Side of Red Bank.
Crossing Borders is sponsored by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo.