May 31, 2014 - June 22, 2014
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Michael Cumpsty
Set on the campus of a New England, liberal arts college, professor Laurie Jameson (played by Annette O’Toole), accuses one of her students—an outwardly stereotypical jock nicknamed, ‘Third’—of plagiarism, and as a result throws her own life into disarray. A masterpiece about the dangers of identity politics and stereotypes, Third is also a moving, witty and funny play written by one of the best loved writers of the modern theater.
- Tony-nominated actor Michael Cumpsty (Roundabout Theater’s Machinal and Two River’s production of Present Laughter) makes his Two River directing debut.
- Annette O’Toole played Martha Kent on the TV series Smallville; she received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing the song “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” with Michael McKean for the film A Mighty Wind.
- Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play The Heidi Chronicles was produced as part of Two River’s very first season; her works include Uncommon Women and Others and The Sisters Rosensweig.
The cast includes: Amy Hohn, J.R. Horne, Annette O’Toole, Christopher Sears and Emily Walton.
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Amy Hohn (Nancy Gordon) Broadway: November, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Off-Broadway: A Few Stout Individuals, Signature Theatre; The Country Club and June Moon, Drama Dept; Dream True, Vineyard Theatre; also Naked Angels, Manhattan Theatre Club, Atlantic Theater Company. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC), The Old Globe, George Street, Baltimore Center Stage, McCarter Theatre, O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, New Jersey Shakespeare, Hudson Theatre (Los Angeles). TV: Alpha House (recurring), Person of Interest, Elementary, The Good Wife, The Return of Jezebel James, Law & Order (also SVU & Criminal Intent), Ed, 3 lbs., Spin City. Film: Premium Rush, You Don’t Know Jack, The Bounty Hunter, War of the Worlds, Hitch, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, College Road Trip, Breathing Room, The Impostors.
J.R. Horne (Jack Jameson) A native of Paris, Texas, J.R. Horne has spent over 50 years in show business beginning with his own radio show at age 14. He has appeared in theaters all across the country, from Vermont to California and Alaska to New York, including the inaugural production at the Rechnitz Theater of You Can’t Take It with You. Broadway has seen him recently in A Time to Kill, Sir Richard Eyre’s production of The Crucible with Liam Neeson and Laura Linney, Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and Charles Durning, Proof (stand-by for Len Cariou), The Show Off, Abe Lincoln in Illinois at Lincoln Center. Off-Broadway, four productions for the Atlantic Theater Company including Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rhinoceros at Theatre Four, Tim Blake Nelson’s Anadarko and Larry King’s The Night Hank Williams Died. Recent film sightings: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and two for the Coen Brothers: O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Burn After Reading. He has guest-starred on Whoopie, Hope and Faith and has logged over two dozen appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman as various strange people. He plays “Stan of the Swamp” on Nick’s Wallykazam. J. R. is a former President of the New York local of the American Federation of Television/Radio Artists and is the father of actor, Devin Horne. He lives in New York City with a lot of books.
Annette O’Toole (Laurie Jameson) Off-Broadway & Regional: Southern Comfort (Barrington Stage Company & CAP21); Heresy (The Flea Theater); Kindness (Playwrights Horizons); The Seagull (CSC); The Quality of Life (Arena Stage); Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); Yankee Wives and Sun Bearing Down (The Old Globe). Film & TV include: 48 HRS, Smile, Superman III, Cat People, One on One, Halt and Catch Fire, Smallville, Grey's Anatomy, Lie to Me, Nash Bridges, The Kennedys of Massachusetts (Emmy, Golden Globe nominations). Academy Award nomination for Best Song with Michael McKean for “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow.” As director: Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet for Hudson Stage Company.
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Christopher Sears (Woodson Bull III) is delighted to be here! He comes from St. Louis and trained just down the road at Rutgers University. Previous theater credits include London Wall (The Mint), How I Learned to Become a Superhero (Apothecary Theatre Company), Lord of the Flies (Barrington Stage). TV: Law & Order, Michael J. Fox Show. Christopher was a proud participant of the Bushwick Backyard Hamlet 2014. Thank you Scott and Edie!
Emily Walton (Emily Imbrie) is very excited to be making her Two River debut! On Broadway, Emily has been in the companies of Peter and the Starcatcher and August: Osage County. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in: Eager to Lose: A Farce in Rhyming Verse (Ars Nova), The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Cactus Flower (West Side Theatre), and The Deepest Play Ever (New Ohio Theatre). Regional credits include: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep), The Wizard of Oz (Sacramento Music Circus), Sondheim on Sondheim (Great Lakes Theater Festival), The Graduate (Cape Playhouse), and The Sound of Music (Pittsburgh CLO). Emily is also a singer-songwriter whose music can be sampled at emilyawalton.com. Thanks to all involved!
Wendy Wasserstein (Playwright) was the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Play for her landmark 1989 drama The Heidi Chronicles, which Two River Theater produced as the second play of its 1994/95 debut season at Monmouth University. The Heidi Chronicles also won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards; and earned a grant from The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. For The Sisters Rosensweig she received the 1993 Outer Critics Circle Award, a Tony Award nomination, and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre. Her other plays include Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It Romantic, An American Daughter and Old Money; a musical, Miami (with Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman); and Waiting for Philip Glass, which was included in The Acting Company’s Love’s Fire. Third was produced at Lincoln Center Theater in the fall of 2005, just months before her untimely death on January 30, 2006 at the age of 55, after a bout with lymphoma. Her screenplays include The Object of My Affection, which starred Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. For PBS Great Performances she wrote Kiss, Kiss Darling; Drive, She Said; and adaptations of John Cheever’s The Sorrows of Gin and her own Uncommon Women and Others. She adapted The Heidi Chronicles for TNT (1996 Emmy Award nomination for Best Television Movie) and An American Daughter for Lifetime Television. Her adaptation of The Nutcracker was performed at the American Ballet Theatre at the Met, and her adaptation of The Merry Widow premiered at San Francisco Opera. She was the librettist for the original opera Festival of Regrets: Central Park, which had runs at Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera. Wasserstein wrote Pamela’s First Musical, a children’s book, which she adapted with Cy Coleman into a musical that premiered in 2006. Her other books include the essay collections Shiksa Goddess and Bachelor Girls, and a novel, Elements of Style. She contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Woman, and Harper’s Bazaar, among many other publications. She was the recipient of an NEA Grant, Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She served on the Council of the Dramatists Guild; taught at Columbia University, New York University, Juilliard School, and Princeton University; and held an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College. Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama.
Michael Cumpsty (Director) has appeared as an actor at Two River Theater as Garry Essendine in Present Laughter and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. On Broadway he has appeared in 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 Bete, and Artist Descending a Staircase. His 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 Art of Success and Man and Superman. He has appeared in many of America’s premiere regional theaters. He played Leontes in The Winter’s Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company at their home in Stratford-upon-Avon. His TV credits include playing series regular Frank Kittredge on L.A. Law, and he has played recurring roles on Star Trek: Voyager, Nurse Jackie, and Boardwalk Empire. His film credits include Eat Pray Love, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Starting Out in the Evening, The Ex, Flags of Our Fathers, The Visitor, The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, State of Grace, Downtown Express, and Burning Blue. Michael teaches privately, has been a guest teacher in the graduate acting programs at both NYU and Columbia universities, and taught for many years at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His directing credits include Shakespeare’s Richard lll and Richard ll, W.H. Auden’s For the Time Being, and The Bespoke Overcoat by Wolf Mankowitz.
Michael Carnahan (Scenic Designer) previously designed On Borrowed Time and August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Two River. Off-Broadway: The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer (both Signature Theatre); The Marvelous Wonderettes; Three Mo’ Tenors; Pygmalion; Howie the Rookie; Brando. Regional: American Conservatory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Play House, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Repertory. Broadway (Associate Scenic Designer): ANN: The Ann Richards Play; Cyrano de Bergerac; Peter and The Starcatcher; The Importance of Being Earnest; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; All About Me; White Christmas; Curtains.
Rui Rita (Lighting Designer) has designed the Broadway productions of Velocity of Autumn, Trip to Bountiful, Present Laughter, Dividing the Estate, Old Acquaintance, Enchanted April among others. For Two River he has designed August Wilson’s Jitney and last season's Present Laughter. His Off-Broadway premieres include Just Jim Dale (Roundabout), Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage), Horton Foote’s Old Friends & The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Hewes Award, Signature), Nightingale, Moonlight and Magnolias (Manhattan Theatre Club), Big Bill, The Carpetbagger’s Children, Far East (Lincoln Center Theater), The Day Emily Married (Primary Stages), and Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts Center). His Off Broadway revivals include The Piano Lesson (Signature), Talley’s Folly & The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout), and Engaged (Obie Award, Theatre for a New Audience). His regional credits include Alley, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Center Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Karen Perry (Costume Designer) previously designed Trouble in Mind and August Wilson’s Jitney and Two Trains Running at Two River. Recent credits include The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); Clybourne Park, A Raisin in the Sun (Dallas Theater Center); stop. reset. and The Piano Lesson (Signature); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (dir. Phylicia Rashad, Mark Taper); the 10th Anniversary production of Crowns, written and dir. by Regina Taylor (Goodman); Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky, dir. Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse); John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, dir. Ethan McSweeny (Arena); Regina Taylor’s Trinity River Plays, dir. McSweeny (Dallas Theater Center, Goodman); The Trip to Bountiful, Walter Mosley’s The Fall of Heaven, dir. Marion McClinton (Cincinnati Playhouse); The Brother/Sister Plays by Tarell McCraney, dir. Tina Landau (The Public) and Landau and Robert O’Hara (McCarter); Things of Dry Hours by Naomi Wallace (NYTW); Having Our Say, written and dir. by Emily Mann (McCarter); and Resurrection by Daniel Beaty (Arena). She has designed eight of the 10 August Wilson plays including: Gem of the Ocean, The Piano Lesson, King Hedley II, Radio Golf, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. Honors include: three NAACP Image Awards (Joe Turner, Blues for Alabama Sky, Rosa Parks Story), six AUDELCO Awards, Chicago’s Ira Aldridge Award 2012, Ovation TV Theatre Award 2013, the 2007 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award, the 2006 “Woodie” Award, and the 2005 National Black Theatre Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award; as well as Henry Hewes and Lortel nominations. Select film/TV credits include: Gregory Hines Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Brother from Another Planet by director John Sayles.
Nathan A. Robert
Composer and Sound Designer
Nathan A. Robert (Composer and Sound Designer) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sound designer who specializes in creating original music and soundscapes for plays, often live onstage. For Two River Theater: On Borrowed Time and The Electric Baby. New York: Crane Story and Dramatis Personae (Playwright's Realm/Cherry Lane), Olives and Blood (HERE), This Is Where We Came In (The Greene Space/WNYC). Regional: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep), Our Town (Ford's Theatre), Twelfth Night and The Tempest (Hartford Stage), The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Arts Emerson, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Yale Rep), It's a Wonderful Life (Long Wharf Theatre), The Borrowers and Ferdinand the Bull (Arden Theatre). Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Faculty: Lecturer in Theater Studies, Yale University. Other: designs and builds musical instruments, with a special emphasis on flutes and hurdy-gurdies.
Composer and Sound Designer
Charles Coes (Composer and Sound Designer) For Two River Theater: On Borrowed Time and The Electric Baby. New York: Queen of the Night (Diamond Horseshoe), Wanda's Monster, Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador, The Butterfly (The Mint), Dreams of the Washer King (Cherry Lane), The Shot (Bone Orchard), Stand Tall (NYMF), Holy Land (HERE). Regional: Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Yale Rep/Berkeley Rep), Passion Play (Yale Rep), My Wonderful Day (Wilma Theater),One Slight Hitch (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Parade (Ford’s Theatre), Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Arts Emerson, Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre), Annie, The Sound of Music, The Little Mermaid (North Shore Music Theatre). Broadway Associate: Velocity of Autumn, Macbeth, Glass Menagerie, Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, In the Next Room. Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Other: Art installations with Anne Hamilton, Abelardo Morel, and Luis Roldan.
Laura Wilson (Stage Manager). Two River Theater: No Place to Go. Broadway: All the Way, First Date, A Free Man of Color, The People in the Picture. Off-Broadway: The Really Big Once, A Family of Perhaps Three. Tour: Soul Doctor. Regional: Centerstage (Baltimore), Riverside Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, among others.
May 13, 2014 - TWO RIVER THEATER CONCLUDES ITS 2013/14 SEASON WITH 'THIRD', THE FINAL PLAY BY PULITZER PRIZE- AND TONY AWARD-WINNING WRITER WENDY WASSERSTEIN, DIRECTED BY TONY-NOMINATED AND OBIE-WINNING ACTOR MICHAEL CUMPSTY