ToyBox Live with Rinde Eckert
Join us this summer for a series of outdoor performances on our newly renovated outdoor Plaza. Each evening will run about 75 minutes and feature performances by Two River Theater artists.
Rinde Eckert (Pericles) returns to Two River with his eclectic collection of instruments to share a selection of songs, readings, monologues, and unexpected imaginings, alongside Ellen McLaughlin. Rinde brings his online program to a live stage for the first time.
Rain Policy: In the case of inclement weather, we will safely move the performance to our indoor lobby at a limited capacity. Indoors, all patrons must wear a mask at all times when not seated at their designated table. Patrons with tickets, that are not comfortable sitting indoors will have the option to exchange their tickets into another performance, have a credit placed on their account, donate the cost of their tickets back to Two River Theater or receive a refund.
Have additional health, safety, or ticketing questions about this event? Check out the series FAQ here.
Meet the Artist
Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer, and director. Eckert creates solo work, chamber pieces, and through-composed operas with larger casts, and has long collaborated with other art makers including choreographers, composers, directors, and new music ensembles. His Opera/New Music Theater productions have toured throughout the U.S. and to major European and Asian festivals. Three of Eckert’s plays have run successfully Off-Broadway, receiving Drama Desk nominations and the Lucille Lortel Award. His theater writing credits include Highway Ulysses, Horizon, Orpheus X, and And God Created Great Whales, an Obie Award-winner that had three Off-Broadway runs. Current theater and music projects include My Lai with the Kronos Quartet; Aging Magician composed by Paola Prestini with design and direction by Julian Crouch; and Five Beasts with composer/performer Ned Rothenberg and beat box artist Adam Matta. Rinde Eckert was a 2007 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He has received a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2012, the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Theatre, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters, Marc Blitzstein Award. Rinde Eckert lives in New York.
Ellen McLaughlin (she/her/hers) has worked extensively in regional, international and New York theater, both as an actor and as a playwright. Acting work includes originating the part of the Angel in Angels in America, playing the role in workshops and regional productions through its original Broadway run.
Her plays have been produced Off-Broadway, regionally and internationally. She is the recipient of the Writer’s Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund as well as other honors, including the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting, and grants from the NEA. Plays and operas include, Tongue of a Bird, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, The Persians, Penelope, Ajax in Iraq, Septimus and Clarissa, Blood Moon, and The Oresteia. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Shakespeare Theatre, DC, Prototype, and The Almeida Theater in London.
She has taught in several programs, including Yale School of Drama, Princeton and Bread Loaf School of English. She has taught playwriting at Barnard College since 1995.
WATCH: PLAZA PLAYERS PROMO
ALSO THIS SUMMER
Alea and Sinuhé
A high-energy performance that traces the musical heritage of many Latin American countries and walks the line between cumbia, vallenato, ranchera, jazz, and pop.
Upstream By Chesney Snow and Faye Chiao
Upstream fuses piano, beatboxing, spoken word, and soaring vocals to weave a magical musical journey of songs in this Plaza Players performance featuring Chesney Snow (OO-BLA-DEE) with musician/composer Faye Chiao.
Hasan Minhaj - Experiment Time
Comedian Hasan Minhaj (Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, the Daily Show) showcases and prepares new material for his new one man show in an intimate setting.