On Borrowed Time
We heard from our community and are grateful for the honest calls for our accountability. Two River Theater has decided to remove On Borrowed Time from the Two River Rising Series calendar. Recognizing the urgency of these times we’re in, we understand that our approach to this play has upheld, and did not seek to challenge, harmful patterns of representation in the American theater.
This decision in no way diminishes our gratitude and respect for the extraordinary talent of the group of artists involved with On Borrowed Time.
Two River Theater has aspired to live up to the expansive imperatives of its mission and core values. To be the most open and welcoming theatrical home for the nation’s great artists and a haven for our community, there is much more work to do.
Two River is engaging a training and organizational development firm to work with the Board, leadership and staff to create a culture that contributes to a world that is better, more equitable and just. In addition, with a facilitator we are planning a public forum to continue this complex conversation about representation in the theater. Look for an upcoming invitation.
Ticket holders to On Borrowed Time will be automatically refunded for the reading. An email will be sent with more details from our box office on 7/31.
Featuring a celebrated cast, under the direction of Tony Award winner Joel Grey, we will revisit the classic 1939 play, On Borrowed Time, which opened our 2013 season. This rarely-produced American masterpiece is a magical fantasy about the love between a little boy and his Gramps. When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink, Gramps outwits him—trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down. Oakes Fegley will reprise his Two River debut as Pud, the role which launched Joel Grey’s theatrical career at the Cleveland Playhouse as a nine-year-old boy.
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Meet the Artists
Michael Cumpsty has appeared in The Lion in Winter, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Absurd Person Singular, Present Laughter and Much Ado about Nothing at Two River Theater, where he also directed The Importance of being Earnest and Third. Broadway credits include Machinal, The Winslow Boy, End of the Rainbow (Tony nomination), Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Copenhagen, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, Timon of Athens (Bayfield Award), La Bête and Artist Descending a Staircase. Off-Broadway credits include Hamlet (Obie Award), Richard II and Richard III (all for Classic Stage Company); Twelfth Night, Timon of Athens, All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale (all for the New York Shakespeare Festival); The Body of an American (Primary Stages and Hartford Stage). He has appeared in many of America’s premiere regional theaters, and played Leontes in The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon. TV: recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie and Star Trek: Voyager; L.A. Law (series regular); Red Oaks, The OA, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, Law & Order and Elementary. Film: Eat Pray Love, Wall Street 2, Starting Out in the Evening, The Ex, Flags of our Fathers, The Visitor, The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, State of Grace, Downtown Express and Collateral Beauty.
Kevin Isola Broadway: Brooklyn Boy. Off-Broadway: Almost, Maine and The Boys in the Band (Transport Group), Ethel Sings (Beckett), Jericho and New House Under Construction (59E59), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Second Stage), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Women’s Project), Trust (The Play Company), The World Over and The Water Children (Playwrights Horizons), Twelfth Night, Venus, WASP and Other Plays (all for NYSF/The Public Theater), Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center), The New Bozena (Cherry Lane). Regional: My Wonderful Day (Two River), Twelfth Night (McCarter), The Liar, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, King Lear, As You Like It (all Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), The Glass Menagerie (The Old Globe), Brooklyn Boy (South Coast Rep), The Rainmaker (Baltimore Center Stage), The New Bozena (Tiffany Theatre), Venus (Yale Rep). Film: Miles, Blumenthal, Frank the Rat, The New Bozena, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Uninvited, 24 Nights, The New Yorker. Television: Deadbeat, Smash, Fringe, Damages, Boston Legal, Law & Order, The Summer of Ben Tyler (Hallmark Hall of Fame), All My Children, Viva Variety. MFA NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Steven Skybell returns to Two River, where he was previously seen in On Borrowed Time, The Electric Baby, Much Ado About Nothing, and Candida. Broadway: Pal Joey; Wicked; The Full Monty; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Café Crown; Ah, Wilderness!. Off-Broadway includes: Antigone in New York (Obie Award); Love’s Labor’s Lost (The Public); A Man’s a Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Galileo, and The Age of Iron (all CSC); The Lesson (Atlantic); The Controversy (The Public), What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons); numerous Shakespeare productions at the Delacorte, The Public, and Theatre for a New Audience. Regional credits include Arthur in Camelot (Helen Hayes nomination); title roles in Uncle Vanya (McCarter/La Jolla) and Hamlet (California Shakespeare); Berkshire Theatre Festival; Westport Country Playhouse; former company member of American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.; inaugural season of Shakespeare’s Globe, London (PBS Great Performances). BBC radio drama: The Day That Lehman Died (Peabody Award). TV/Film: 666 Park Avenue, Elementary, Law & Order, Sex and the City, All My Children, Simply Irresistible, Cradle Will Rock, Tom and Francie.
Phillipa Soo Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino). Regional Theatre: A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group). Film/TV: Dangerous Liaisons (pilot), Smash (NBC). Phillipa is a graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division (Group 41).