ABOUT THE THEATER
Two River Theater is committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We produce 6+ theatrical productions each year (including classics, world premieres, musicals, and theater for young audiences) and 40+ annual events that reflect our diverse community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Each year, we serve thousands of students and community members through arts and humanities programs at the theater, in schools, and throughout our region.
We have built a robust initiative to develop and foster a pipeline of new plays and musicals; to produce original works and classics interpreted by some of the country’s leading artists; and to support previously produced works that are worthy of additional cultivation. Each season, the theater hosts numerous artist residencies, workshops and readings, and presents an annual Cabaret of New Songs for the Musical Theater in association with NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program.
We believe that we have a responsibility to create the most diverse and representative theater that we can. Reflecting the demographics of our community, Two River has cast our productions with diverse acting companies, and made plays by African-American and Latinx theater artists an essential part of each mainstage season. We reached the halfway point in our commitment to present all 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle with our 2018/19 Season production of King Hedley II. The Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) summer festival and Nosotros program foster a closer relationship between the theater and Latinx artists and audiences.
Staying true to our founding principles, we bring a fresh eye to masterpieces from the European and American canons. Our ambition to foster and support the creation of new work—such as Be More Chill by Tony nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz and Madeleine George’s Obie-winning Hurricane Diane, which enjoyed Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, respectively, in 2019—continues to bring Two River national acclaim.
Two River cultivates a new generation of theatergoers through innovative arts education programs that introduce young people to the theater and create opportunities for them to engage with renowned theater artists. We believe that arts education promotes two central goals: nourishing the artist within each student and building future audiences. Each year, through our multiple Education programs, in-school residencies, and student matinees, we serve 5,000 students throughout the state.
Two River Theater was founded by Joan and Robert Rechnitz in 1994. The theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants, shopping and hotels within walking distance of the theater.