Behind The Scenes
More events coming soon; stay tuned!
“What’s Next?” – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the American Theater
Sunday, October 2 at 5:30pm
Industry leaders discuss the legacy of August Wilson, their reactions to "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" and the future of equity, diversity and inclusion in the American Theater.
This panel will immediately follow the 3pm performance of August Wilson’s "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom." Tickets for the show start at $20 and can be purchased at 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org
***This panel discussion is FREE and open to the general public.***
Nelson Eusebio, Director
Mindy Richardson, General Manager of McCarter Theatre
Nikkole Salter, Actress/Playwright and TCG Board Member
Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., Artistic Director of Civic Ensemble (Ithaca, NY)
Meredith Suttles, Institutional Giving Officer of TCG
Moderated by Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., General Manager of Two River Theater
Open Rehearsal for The Lion in Winter
October 25 at 7:00pm
Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at The Lion in Winter! Audiences are invited to watch an open rehearsal in the Rechnitz Theater with director Tyne Rafaeli and members of the cast as they work on scenes from the play.
LIVE INTERVIEW WITH WBGO JAZZ 88.3 FM FEATURING
DIRECTOR AND CAST MEMBERS FROM MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater
Thursday, August 18 at 7pm
Be a part of the audience as we broadcast from Red Bank with WBGO JAZZ 88.3 FM! This free Inside Two River Event will give you exclusive access to watch Award-Winning News Director and Host Doug Doyle, conduct an interview with director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and cast members Michael Cumpsty ("Irvin"), Brandon J. Dirden ("Levee"), and Arnetia Walker ("Ma Rainey")! You’ll get the inside scoop during this Q&A about our upcoming production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and be treated to sneak peak at the music from the play. Following the interview all are invited to join us for dessert and coffee in the lobby - then stay tuned for the official airdate of this interview on WBGO radio! There is no cost to participate.
OPEN RERHEARSAL: PERICLES
Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm
Join us for a staged rehearsal of Two River’s Pericles, an epic adventure story being given a new twist at Two River this Spring! Director David Schweizer, composer/performer Rinde Eckert, and actors in the company will give you a glimpse into a scene or two from Shakespeare’s play, enriched by Eckert’s original music and an evocative new setting—a dive bar at the end of the world. FREE!
A NIGHT OF CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY POETRY
Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm
Marion Huber Theater
Playwrights Robert Rechnitz and Kenneth Stunkel, artists from Lives of Reason, and notable leaders from our community performed live readings of great poems, both old and new.
Josh Ballard (Award-winning Slam Poet)
Dr. Paul R. Brown (President of Monmouth University)
Jennifer Chauhan (Executive Director, Project Write Now)
Dawna McClendon (Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch)
Patrick Monaghan (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Vivian Parkin DeRosa (Poet and Freshman, Communications High School)
William Parry (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Robert Rechnitz (Playwright, Lives of Reason)
Gilda Rogers (Professor, Brookdale Community College)
Maureen Silliman (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Kenneth Stunkel (Playwright, Lives of Reason)
Michael Thomas (Associate Dean, Monmouth University)
Making it on Broadway: How to Launch a Career in Musical Theater
Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm
Do you sing show tunes in the shower (and the car, and the grocery store, and… well, pretty much everywhere?) If you nurture secret (or not-so-secret) dreams of performing on a Broadway stage someday - or if you simply want to know what life is like for those who do - this panel is for you. Join several of the cast members of BE MORE CHILL as they discuss how they got where they are: hear about their training, career paths, and the shows they’ve been in so far. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience, so bring that question you’ve always wanted to ask a Broadway performer! Cast members scheduled to appear: Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Stephanie Hsu, Katie Ladner, Eric William Morris, George Salazar, Paul Whitty.
THE GENE ALEXANDER PETERS COLLECTION OF RARE & HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS
Thursday, April 23 from 7:00-7:30pm (prior to 8pm performance of Blues)
Gene Alexander Peters is an educator, cultural history consultant, and collector of rare African American artifacts. Join us on April 17 to view and hear about his acclaimed collection -- “THE GENE ALEXANDER PETERS COLLECTION OF RARE & HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS” and how it relates to our production of Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine. Gene Alexander Peters is founder and president of SANKOFA Exhibit Consultants, an educational resource company which specializes in providing museum exhibitions and educational consultative services documenting the history of the African American experience in the Americas. His collection has been exhibited nationally at numerous landmark educational institutions and museums, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY and the Smithsonian Museum-Anacostia in Washington, DC. Additionally, select collection items have also been showcased in book publications such as Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture (2003), Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of America (2002), and featured in the NBC-TV television production 'ROOTS: Celebrating 25 Years' (2002).
The Play’s the Thing: A Panel
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00pm
In a panel moderated by Artistic Director John Dias, five of the most adventurous and exceptional writers in the American theater came together to share insights into the time, resources, and collaboration it takes to craft a play and bring it to production. Ruben Santiago-Hudson (playwright and director of the powerful new play Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine) and the team of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the writers of the highly anticipated musical Be More Chill) discussed their upcoming world-premiere productions at Two River, joined by Madeleine George (author of the Two River favorite Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) and Tony Meneses (whose much-loved play Guadalupe in the Guest Room enjoyed its world premiere here this season).
WORKSHOP: THE ART OF DEALING WITH LIFE-CHANGING EVENTS
Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 - 6pm
Using the characters in the play, Guadalupe in the Guest Room as an example, Resilience Strategist Barbara Rubel, led workshop attendees through the Palette of Grief: The art of dealing with life-changing events. This hands-on activity prompts attendees to visually capture their emotions, thoughts, behaviors and physical spiritual reactions due to difficult life events, allowing attendees to explore their unique loss experiences and find meaning in grief. Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CBS, CPBC: is a nationally recognized thanatologist, focusing on loss and personal growth. She has been mentioned in Health Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Fox Business, and much more. Her website is www.griefworkcenter.com
MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR SKULL VALENTINE
Thursday, February 12 from 7pm – 9pm
Attendees spent the night painting their very own flower pots decorated with Mexican sugar skull designs and filled with colorful handmade paper flowers. Local artist Lisa Marie O’Connell guided us through the painting and flower-making processes. Sugar skulls, a tradition dating back to the 18thcentury, are given to the living and the dead in the Mexican culture. It is similar to giving valentines as a way to say, “I love you forever”. PLUS: Attendees were given a behind-the-scenes look into our show Guadalupe in the Guest Room from Two River’s Literary Manager, Anika Chapin. Anika spoke about the play’s portrayal of lasting love, and explained how art helps the characters in the play bond in unexpected ways.
PAINT AND PLAY!
Tuesday, January 13/2014 from 6:30-8:30pm
In partnership with Wine and Design Milltown we had 37 artists come together to create their own paintings! This was the largest event Wine and Design Milltown has had to date and we are proud to have hosted it at Two River Theater! Mason Gross student and Artist Rachelle Miller did a fantastic job guiding everyone through the painting process, Lea Anello of Two River’s Scene stoped by to explain her process of painting the intricate set of Absurd Person Singular and the night ended with a backstage tour!