Culture & Community
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Past Culture & Community Events:
Spanish-language reading of Las Mujeres de Padilla (The Women of Padilla)
Monday, April 17 at 7pm
In the Rechnitz Theater, on the set of Two River’s production of The Women of Padilla
FREE - Click here to RSVP
Two River Theater invites you to join us for a special Spanish-language reading of Las Mujeres de Padilla (The Women of Padilla), free and open to the public. Inspired by the heightened lyricism of playwright and poet Federico García Lorca, this new play pays tribute to the stories of playwright Tony Meneses’ Mexican mother and her sisters. Directed by Leyma López, the reading will feature cast members from our production of The Women of Padilla and special guest actors from New York. From the writer of one of Two River’s most adored shows, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, comes this beautiful and moving new play. Linked by their marriages to eight brothers and the connection of their shared last name, “Padilla,” eight very different sisters-in-law connect through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other while their husbands are away at war. Meet Mari, the one who quietly leads; Carmen, the one who drinks; Marta, the one with faith; Alejandra, the one who’s expecting; and all the rest of the ‘Women of Padilla.’ To RSVP, visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400. Two River Theater is located one block away from the Red Bank NJ Transit Station at 21 Bridge Avenue.
Lectura escénica en español de LAS MUJERES DE PADILLA (THE WOMEN OF PADILLA).
Lunes 17 de abril a las 7pm en la sala Rechnitz sobre el escenario de la producción teatral de Two River de THE WOMEN OF PADILLA.
Two River Theater le invita a acompañarnos para una lectura escénica especial, en español, de LAS MUJERES DE PADILLA (THE WOMEN OF PADILLA), gratis y abierta al público. Inspirado en el lirismo elevado del poeta y dramaturgo Federico García Lorca, esta nueva obra rinde tributo a los relatos de la madre y las tías mexicanas del dramaturgo Tony Meneses. Dirigida por Leyma López, la lectura incluirá a miembras del elenco de la nuestra producción de THE WOMEN OF PADILLA, además de actores invitados de Nueva York. Esta bella y conmovedora obra nueva viene del autor de una las obras más queridas de Two River, GUADALUPE IN THE GUEST ROOM. Conectadas por matrimonio a ocho hermanos y el apellido compartido "Padilla," ocho cuñadas muy distintas se compenetran mediante el poder de la comida, la fé, la risa y la empatía mientras sus esposos están de guerra. Conozcan a Mari, la que callada lidera; Carmen, la que toma; Marta, la que tiene fé; Alejandra, la que está embarazada; y el resto de "Las Mujeres de Padilla." Para reservar, visite tworivertheater.org o llame al 732.345.1400. Two River Theater está localizado a una cuadra de la estación del tren de NJ Transit en Red Bank, en 21 Bridge Avenue.
Family Day at the Theater: A Salute to our Troops
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11AM – 1:30PM
The Women of Padilla tells the story of how 8 military wives carry on their lives at home while their husbands are away at war. Tying into this production, we invite you to join us at our family-friendly day at the theater to salute our military men and women. Event activities include: Writing letters to our troops,arts and crafts, face painting, theater games, and more! Complimentary food will be provided by Urban Coalhouse. For more information, call the box office at 732.345.1400. Click here to reserve your free tickets online.
This event is part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Stages Festival.
THE GHOSTLIGHT PROJECT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19; 5:00–6:00PM
Two River is proud to participate in this nationwide ritual—a symbolic act of inclusion, acceptance, and commitment—and invites our larger community to gather at the theater for a short ceremony led by Artistic Director John Dias, Hurricane Diane Director Leigh Silverman and Scenic Designer Rachel Hauck for a moment of “light.”
For more information, or to host your own Ghostlight Project event, contact Stephanie Coen. Associate Artistic Director at Two River Theater, at email@example.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22; 6:00–8:00PM
Tying into the gardening theme of our upcoming production of Hurricane Diane, we would like to invite you to get your hands dirty and exercise your green thumb at Two River’s Plant Night! Bring your best buds (pun intended) to create your own table top terrarium garden complete with plants, decorative accents, and full instruction from a Plant Nite party host.
Cost: $48 per person; includes all terrarium supplies and snacks by Kitch Organic. BYOB.
Space is limited to 30 attendees.
MOTHER EARTH VS. WORLD’S PEOPLE: A MOCK TRIAL ON CLIMATE CHANGE
MONDAY, JANUARY 30; 7:00 – 8:30PM
One of the many themes of Two River’s upcoming production, "Hurricane Diane", is climate change. To dive deeper into this theme, we have partnered with the Monmouth Community Climate Coalition to bring you "Mother Earth vs. World’s People" by Douglas Stewart ― a 40 minute mock trial which explains the 101s of climate change and in the end, asks the audience to come to a verdict as the jury.
Following the trial, "Hurricane Diane" Playwright Madeleine George, Director of Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University, Tony MacDonald, and Monmouth Community Climate Coalition founding member, Lynn Dash will lead a discussion on how we can continue to spread the word about climate change through the arts, education, and involvement in local community organizations.
The mock trial will be read by Two River Theater’s Metro Scholars―a highly competitive group of high school juniors, currently immersed in professional acting workshops and internships at the theater.
REINDEER REST STOP!
Saturday, December 10, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Two River Theater Lobby
Stop by Two River Theater’s lobby for some family-friendly holiday crafts, games, and hot chocolate while enjoying the many seasonal events in Red Bank!
TWO RIVER THEATER’S REINDEER REST STOP ACTIVITIES:
• Theater “Reindeer Games” with a Local Teaching Artist
• “Marshmallow World” Hot Chocolate Station
• “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Ornaments
• “Let it Snow” Paper Snowflakes • “Merry and Bright” Light Station - in the spirit of our upcoming production of A Very Electric Christmas
• Holiday Coloring Creations
RED BANK SEASONAL EVENTS:
• Pictures with Santa in the Galleria from 12:00 - 4:00pm
• FREE Classic Horse and Carriage Rides from Danny’s Steakhouse run from 1:00 - 5:00pm
ADMISSION IS FREE
RSVP: 732.345.1400 OR TWORIVERTHEATER.ORG
21 BRIDGE AVENUE, RED BANK
Holiday Crafting & Caroling
Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm
FREE! In the spirit of our Christmas setting for The Lion in Winter – join us for an evening of crafting, caroling & holiday treats! Guests will learn how to make their own Christmas cracker crafts (an English tradition) while Monmouth Civic Chorus delights us with festive holiday songs! Admission is free with a suggested donation of a canned good for The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
A TASTE OF THE BLUES BLOCK PARTY
Two River Theater Plaza
Friday, August 26 at 7pm (rain location: Theater Lobby)
Join us for an outdoor block party in celebration of our upcoming production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom! Enjoy live blues music from the LB Lawson Band, dancing on the plaza and a sampling of food from local restaurants. Plus: get the chance to mix and mingle with our cast of fabulous artists!
Making Memories: Create a Keepsake Placemat from Family Photos
Saturday, June 11 at 11am
Red Bank Public Library (84 W. Front St, Red Bank, NJ 07701)
Join writer, cultural preservationist, and the creator of "Backward Glances," Gilda Rogers, for an engaging workshop and novel approach to preserving family memories on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at the Red Bank Eisner Memorial Library. "Backward Glances" is a line of greeting cards that Gilda created to preserve her own family's history and is here to share it with you, along with other fun and crafty things to do with all those family pictures you've collected over the years. Please bring in your pictures, the more the better, and begin to create novel items that celebrate your family. One lucky participant will win two tickets to see this classic revival of I Remember Mama, playing at Two River Theater from June 4-26!
AN AFTERNOON OF TEA & HEIRLOOMS
Wednesday, May 18 at 3pm
Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library
In continuing our celebration of culture and heritage within our families, join us for a cozy afternoon of tea & heirlooms in our beautiful library space. This engaging event will give you an opportunity to “show and tell” with the group about an heirloom from your own family (don’t forget to bring one!), and hear about the cherished belongings from others in the group as well. If you’re unable to bring an heirloom with you, come and hear stories from others in the group!We’ll share memories connected to the treasured pieces, and discuss why they mean so much to us and our families. Tea and light refreshments will be served. FREE—but spots are limited!
Coloring & Cookies for Grownups
presented by Two River Theater’s Late Night Society
Tuesday, March 8 at 7pm
Dip your toe into the “adult coloring book” craze, and contribute to a community art project while you’re at it! Join us for a cozy night by the fireplace in our library where we’ll spend time coloring, snacking and relaxing. Literary Manager Anika Chapin will briefly discuss how the theme of family and heritage carries through our next three productions: Ropes, Pericles and I Remember Mama. Then you’ll have an opportunity to contribute to the heritage of our season by adding a bit of color to the kaleidoscope of our community art boards which will hang in our lobby during all three plays, to be gradually filled in. Finally, you’ll get a sneak peek of the set ofRopes, and enter a raffle to win a pair of tickets to the show. Coloring books/sheets, crayons, colored pencils, markers will be available for you to use, but feel free to bring your favorite art supplies, too. Desserts and coffee/tea/milk will be provided. Hope to see you and your friends for this casual, fun evening! FREE – limited spots available. This event is for those aged 18 & up.
Two River Theater’s Late Night Society Presents: An Evening with CLUE
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:30pm
Meet Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard and the rest of the suspects for a night of the classic board game: CLUE! Upon entering our lobby, you will be given a pseudonym for the evening. After a brief ride upstairs courtesy of our secret passageway (elevator), you will be escorted to “the study”. Order one of the evening’s signature drinks, “The Professor Rechnitz” or "The Professor Stunkel", from our bartender while we break up into teams to play everyone’s favorite game of whodunit.Will it be Professor Plum in the Conservatory with the candlestick? Mrs. White in the Ballroom with the Knife? Be the first to crack the case and win a Two River Theater Mystery prize! Much like our production of Lives of Reason (running Jan 9 – Feb 7, 2016), this will be a night of mystery, secrecy and of course: a whole lot of fun! All attendees will get a sneak peek at the set of Lives of Reason and get the chance to schmooze with some special mystery guests throughout the night. PSST… Clue-inspired attire is not required but is certainly encouraged! We will also have other classic board games on hand. You won’t want to miss this! $15 Admission Includes: Light bites, drinks and a night of board game fun! Reserve your spot in our Library now – very limited seating!
Soulful Cook-Off and Bid Whist Tournament
Saturday, August 22/2015 from 4pm-8pm in Two River's outdoor plaza
To celebrate Two River’s upcoming production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, the theater is hosting a Soulful Cook-Off! Join us for an afternoon of soul food, a Bid Whist card tournament, and live music. Either enter in the delicious competition yourself or come help decide whose flavors reign supreme. PLUS: Meet the cast and director of Seven Guitars, get a sneak peek at the set model for the show and enter to win FREE tickets!
COOK-OFF COMPETITION: Enter your favorite dish in one of following categories & bring your recipe (if you’re willing to share it) to be added into our Digital Community Cook-Book!
- Fried Chicken/Bar-B-Q Ribs
- Collard/Turnip Greens
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Potato Salad
- Sweet Potato Pie
- Banana Pudding
Each dish will be voted on anonymously by those in attendance & by the cast of Seven Guitars. The winner of each category will win 2 tickets to the show. Winners will be announced at 6:30pm.
BID WHIST TOURNAMENT: The card tournament will begin at 5pm. Enter with a friend or be matched with a partner when you arrive. Win the best out of five games and you and your partner will each win 2 tickets to the show!
MAKE YOUR OWN SUGAR SKULL VALENTINE
Thursday, February 12/2015
Spend the night painting your very own flower pot decorated with Mexican sugar skull designs and filled with colorful handmade paper flowers. They make a unique Valentine’s gift, or just keep it for yourself! Local artist Lisa Marie OConnell will guide us through the painting and flower-making processes. Sugar skulls, a tradition dating back to the 18th century, 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: Get a behind-the-scenes look into our show Guadalupe in the Guest Room from Two River’s Literary Manager, Anika Chapin. Anika will talk about the play’s portrayal of lasting love, and explain how art helps the characters in the play bond in unexpected ways. No painting experience is necessary. Light snacks will be served.
PAINT AND PLAY!
Tuesday, January 13/2015 from 6:30-8:30pm
Sign up, Show up, Sip up and Paint! Two River Theater and Wine and Design Milltown are partnering together for PAINT AND PLAY! No painting experience is necessary and with the help of our team of artists, you will be guided through the process of creating your very own masterpiece. PLUS: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the painting that takes place at Two River Theater! Lea Anello of Two River’s Scene shop will explain her process of creating the intricate set of Absurd Person Singular, on stage this January. You may even get a chance to see the set in person! Cost: $35 per person (Includes: painting, painting supplies, light fare, backstage tour and talk). This event is BYOB.