INSIDE TWO RIVER


Upcoming Inside Two River Events

Inside Two River is a series of arts & humanities events—specially curated for each of our productions. Multiple events take place each month and most are free. Events include: book club discussions, craft nights, film screenings, social events, open rehearsals, poetry readings and more.


BOOK CLUB: LETTERS TO ONE— GAY AND LESBIAN VOICES FROM THE 1950S AND 1960S
Monday, Oct 28 |  6:30 PM  |  FREE  

Long before the Stonewall riots, ONE magazine―the first openly gay magazine in the United States―offered a positive viewpoint of homosexuality and encouraged gay people to resist discrimination and persecution. Letters to ONE is comprised of letters written to the magazine from their readership. In connection to our world-premiere musical, Love in Hate Nation, we’ll discuss sexuality, family, love, and rebellion in the 1950s and 1960s.

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PRIDE NIGHT
Saturday, Nov 2 |  7:00 PM  |  FREE 

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen! Come out and celebrate at the first Pride Night of the 2019/20 season, welcoming all members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies for a night of performance, food, fun and friends! Emcees Lady Celestina and Rhedd Rhumm will lead a drag show featuring fabulous local queens, while you enjoy snacks and beverages! Attendees might even score a special offer for Love In Hate Nation tickets.

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TEDXASBURYPARK SALON FOR LOVE IN HATE NATION
Thursday, Nov 7 |  7:00 PM  |  FREE  

New this season, our TEDxAsburyPark Salons are gatherings of up to 100 guests. The evenings feature curated talks by TEDx speakers and Two River Theater staff and artists. Each salon is curated to explore a larger theme of Two River’s upcoming plays! Don’t miss this salon exploring Joe Iconis’ new musical Love in Hate Nation.

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Photo of Joe RapollaA CHANGE IS GONNA COME: PROTEST MUSIC FROM THE 1960S TO NOW 
Monday, Nov 11 |  7:00 PM  |  FREE  | A Partnership with Monmouth University

The 1960s in the United States was a powder keg of equal rights movements, anti-war protests, and counterculture. With revolution sparking throughout the country, musicians were creating music that reflected the urgency of the times and incited continued rebellion. Joe Rapolla, Chair of Monmouth University’s Music and Theatre Department, will discuss how music has been used as a vehicle for political change from the 1960s to today.


JOE ICONIS AND JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, Nov 19 |  7:00 PM  |  FREE  

Joe Iconis is known for drawing on a wide variety of inspirations in his work, from 1960s girl group pop to Robert Altman movies, from 1980s sci-fi to the Muppets. But the man who The New York Times calls “the future of musical theatre” is also—of course—a musical theater geek at heart. At this special event, Iconis and his frequent collaborator, theater historian and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper, will explore the shows, writers, and songs that have inspired him. From Cabaret to Follies, from Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Little Shop of Horrors, from Passing Strange to Carrie, how have the musicals Iconis has obsessed over as a fan shaped him as a writer? Don’t miss this unique chance to discover how one of the great theater writers of a new generation has found his place in Broadway history.


BOOK CLUB: ORLANDO—A BIOGRAPHY BY VIRGINIA WOLF
Monday, Jan 6 |  6:30 PM  |  FREE  

Written by Virginia Woolf one of the most prolific novelists of the early-20th Century, Orlando: A Biography follows Orlando, a poet, whose gender mysteriously changes from man to woman at the age of thirty. After that, Orlando goes on to live for three-hundred more years of adventures. From Queen Elizabeth I’s reign to 1928, Woolf crafts an irreverent trip through English literary history. In connection with our production of Twelfth Night, we’ll discuss gender, class, English literature, and battles of wit.

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BOOK CLUB: HUSTLE BY DAVID TOMAS MARTINEZ
Monday, Apr 6 |  6:30 PM  |  FREE  

Hailing from San Diego California, poet David Tomas Martinez has won numerous prizes and fellowships for his work including a Pushcart Prize, New England BookFestival’s prize in poetry, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, the Verlaine Poetry Prize, and an NEA Fellowship. With his first collection of poems, Hustle, Martinez’s speaker recounts in a series his childhood, the ups and downs of growing up in San Diego, and his journey to manhood. In connection with our production of The Hombres, we will discuss machismo, love, and healing.

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Lovecraft Country by Matt RuffBOOK CLUB: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY BY MATT RUFF
Monday, Jun 6 |  6:30 PM  |  FREE  

Hailing from San Diego California, poet David Tomas Martinez has won numerous prizes and fellowships for his work including a Pushcart Prize, New England BookFestival’s prize in poetry, the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, the Verlaine Poetry Prize, and an NEA Fellowship. With his first collection of poems, Hustle, Martinez’s speaker recounts in a series his childhood, the ups and downs of growing up in San Diego, and his journey to manhood. In connection with our production of The Hombres, we will discuss machismo, love, and healing.

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Inside Two River is supported in part by the William T. Morris Foundation.