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2016/17 Season



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 August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM 

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
SEPT 10 – OCT 9/2016

August Wilson’s powerful look at the 1920s music scene takes us into the world of legendary singer Ma Rainey (the real-life “Mother of the Blues”) as she lays down tracks with her band in a Chicago recording studio. Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Two River to direct after his triumphant productions of Jitney, Two Trains Running and Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine.

 

 THE LION IN WINTER 

By James Goldman
NOV 12 – DEC 4/2016

“Well – what shall we hang? The holly or each other?” Set during Christmas 1183, this great American classicfilled with ruthless scheming, deception and romanceis the ultimate fight for the throne. Join Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons for a sharp-tongued and witty look at how dysfunctional the royal family can be.

 


 A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS* 

Produced by Lightwire Theater
DEC 27 – 30/2016

Music, movement and neon lights fill the stage as dancers and puppets bring you a magical experience that is sure to brighten up your holiday season! Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical tale about a young bird named Max trying to head south for the winter—set to the music of Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey, Tchaikovsky & more.

 


 HURRICANE DIANE 

By Madeleine George
Directed by Leigh Silverman
JAN 14 – FEB 12/2017

A "wild comedy"! An ancient god on an earthly mission, gardener Diane comes spiraling in on a Red Bank cul-du-sac, forever altering the lives of four New Jersey housewives. Set on convincing each woman to implement her environmentally friendly landscape design, Diane soon learns there is a lot more to the neighborhood than its “curb appeal.”

 

 THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR 

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Eric Tucker
FEB 25 – MAR 26/2017

One of Shakespeare’s most delightful and rowdy comedies! Looking to restore his riches, Sir John Falstaff conjures up a plan to seduce the wives of two of Windsor’s wealthiest men. However, Falstaff is no match for the cunningness and trickery of Mistress Page and Mistress Ford—who quickly turn the tables.
 



 A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR* 

MARCH 7 – 12/2017
 
As part of Two River’s ongoing education programs and led by professional artists, this season’s A Little Shakespeare will bring together a cast of high school students to produce and perform a 70-minute version of The Merry Wives of Windsor for audiences ages 9 and up! 

 


 THE WOMEN OF PADILLA 

By Tony Meneses
APRIL 8 – 30/2017

Through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other, eight women find a way to carry on life at home while their husbands are away at war. Inspired by the heightened lyricism of the renowned playwright and poet Federico García Lorca, this beautiful new play shows us there is always a wayeven through the hardest of timesto set our love free.  
 

 THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO 

Music by Mike Reid
Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger
Book by Sarah Schlesinger, Mike Reid, and John Dias
Based on the film The Ballad of Little Jo by Maggie Greenwald            
Directed by John Dias
JUNE 3 – 25/2017

A soaring musical about the American West inspired by the real-life-story of Josephine Monaghan— a young woman from Boston who, in the late 19th century, made a new life in an Idaho mining town disguised as a man called “Jo.” The Ballad of Little Jo, writes John Lahr of The New Yorker, "turns out to be the real thing—the best piece of musical theater storytelling I've seen in a decade."
 


 THE WAY BACK HOME 

Teater Refleksion of Arhaus, DK (Co-production between Branar Teatar, IE.
In association with Barboró International Arts Festival for Children)
JUNE 8 – 11/2017
 
When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he flies it to outer space! But as it turns out, he is not alone up there... The Way Back Home uses puppets to tell Oliver Jeffers’ simple yet profound tale about friendship and conquering the fear of the unknown.

Recommended for grades Pre-K thru 2nd.

Artists, productions, prices and performances schedules are subject to change.

 

*Not included in subscription packages & on sale now. Tickets are $20 for Adults & $15 for Children 12 and Under.