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New Work and Commissions

Two River Theater believes in producing new works. At the end of our current season, Two River will has produced the world premieres of dozens of original plays and musicals since our founding in 1994. Over the past decade, we have produced six commissions, as well as a commissioned adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles, reimagined with original music and lyrics by Rinde Eckert, directed by David Schweizer.

To maintain the consistency of our ambition, we commission two plays a year; maintain up to six projects in the pipeline of development; and produce anywhere from one to three premieres each season.

Commissions currently in development include plays and musicals by Matt Barbot, Eboni Booth, Rinde Eckert, Jessica Hagedorn, Lisa Kron, and musicals by Ben Steinfeld and the teams of Joe Iconis/Joe Tracz and Daniel Maté/Marshall Pailet.


CWP—Commissioned World Premiere

WP—World Premiere

AP—American Premiere



El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom 

by Matt Barbot, directed by José Zayas (WP)

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder, adapted by David Greenspan, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (CWP)


Hurricane Diane

by Madeleine George, directed by Leigh Silverman (CWP)

The Women of Padilla

by Tony Meneses, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (WP)


Lives of Reason 

by Robert Rechnitz & Kenneth Stunkel, directed by Jonathan Fox (WP)


by Bárbara Colio, translation by Maria Alexandria Beech, directed by Lisa Rothe (AP)


Guadalupe in the Guest Room

by Tony Meneses, directed by Daniella Topol (WP)

Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine

written by directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (CWP)

Be More Chill

music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Joe Tracz, based on the novel by Ned Vizzini, choreography by Chase Brock, directed by Stephen Brackett (CWP)



by Andrea Thome, directed by José Zayas (WP)


A Wind in the Willows Christmas

based on the novel by Kenneth Grahame, music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger, book by Mindi Dickstein, directed by Amanda Dehnert (CWP)


Seven Homeless Mammoth Wander New England

by Madeleine George, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (WP)

In This House

music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger, book by Jonathan Bernstein, Sarah Schlesinger & Mike Reid, directed by May Adrales (WP)


Orestes: A Tragic Romp

translated /adapted by Anne Washburn from the play by Euripides, directed by Aaron Posner (WP)



by Emily Ackerman and KJ Sanchez, directed by KJ Sanchez (WP)