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Behind The Scenes



Open Rehearsal: The Ballad of Little Jo
Tuesday, May 9 at 7pm

Get a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of The Ballad of Little Jo as director John Dias and the cast explore select scenes and songs from the production. The rehearsal will close with a short Q&A session, followed by dessert and coffee in the lobby. 

Beauty in Two Languages: An Evening of Spanish-Language Poetry 
In English Translation
Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm
Two River Theater Lobby

From Lorca to Neruda, some of the world's best poets have written in Spanish. They have given us poems of such beauty that they shine, even in English translation. Join cast members from The Women of Padilla and members of the Two River Theater family as they read Spanish-language poems in translation. We'll also have a few spaces open for members of our community, so if you'd like to read a poem email Literary Manager Anika Chapin at with your name and the poem you'd like to read. 

OPEN REHEARSAL: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Monday, February 13
(7pm in the Rechnitz Theater)

Director Eric Tucker and the cast of The Merry Wives of Windsor will explore select scenes from the play in this free event, which will be followed by dessert and coffee in the lobby.


“What’s Next?” – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in the American Theater
Sunday, October 2 at 5:30pm

Industry leaders discuss the legacy of August Wilson, their reactions to "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom" and the future of equity, diversity and inclusion in the American Theater.

This panel will immediately follow the 3pm performance of August Wilson’s "Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom." Tickets for the show start at $20 and can be purchased at 732.345.1400 or

***This panel discussion is FREE and open to the general public.***

Nelson Eusebio, Director
Mindy Richardson, General Manager of McCarter Theatre
Nikkole Salter, Actress/Playwright and TCG Board Member
Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., Artistic Director of Civic Ensemble (Ithaca, NY)
Meredith Suttles, Institutional Giving Officer of TCG
Moderated by Kelvin Dinkins, Jr., General Manager of Two River Theater


Open Rehearsal for The Lion in Winter 
October 25 at 7:00pm 

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at The Lion in Winter! Audiences are invited to watch an open rehearsal in the Rechnitz Theater with director Tyne Rafaeli and members of the cast as they work on scenes from the play. 


Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater
Thursday, August 18 at 7pm

Be a part of the audience as we broadcast from Red Bank with WBGO JAZZ 88.3 FM! This free Inside Two River Event will give you exclusive access to watch Award-Winning News Director and Host Doug Doyle, conduct an interview with director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and cast members Michael Cumpsty ("Irvin"), Brandon J. Dirden ("Levee"), and Arnetia Walker ("Ma Rainey")! You’ll get the inside scoop during this Q&A about our upcoming production of August Wilson's Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and be treated to sneak peak at the music from the play. Following the interview all are invited to join us for dessert and coffee in the lobby - then stay tuned for the official airdate of this interview on WBGO radio! There is no cost to participate. 


Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm

Join us for a staged rehearsal of Two River’s Pericles, an epic adventure story being given a new twist at Two River this Spring! Director David Schweizer, composer/performer Rinde Eckert, and actors in the company will give you a glimpse into a scene or two from Shakespeare’s play, enriched by Eckert’s original music and an evocative new setting—a dive bar at the end of the world. FREE!


Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00pm
Marion Huber Theater

Playwrights Robert Rechnitz and Kenneth Stunkel, artists from Lives of Reason, and notable leaders from our community performed live readings of great poems, both old and new.


Josh Ballard (Award-winning Slam Poet)
Dr. Paul R. Brown (President of Monmouth University)
Jennifer Chauhan (Executive Director, Project Write Now)
Dawna McClendon (Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch)
Patrick Monaghan (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Vivian Parkin DeRosa (Poet and Freshman, Communications High School)
William Parry (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Robert Rechnitz (Playwright, Lives of Reason)
Gilda Rogers (Professor, Brookdale Community College)
Maureen Silliman (Cast member, Lives of Reason)
Kenneth Stunkel (Playwright, Lives of Reason)
Michael Thomas (Associate Dean, Monmouth University)

Making it on Broadway: How to Launch a Career in Musical Theater
Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm

Do you sing show tunes in the shower (and the car, and the grocery store, and… well, pretty much everywhere?) If you nurture secret (or not-so-secret) dreams of performing on a Broadway stage someday - or if you simply want to know what life is like for those who do - this panel is for you. Join several of the cast members of BE MORE CHILL as they discuss how they got where they are: hear about their training, career paths, and the shows they’ve been in so far. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience, so bring that question you’ve always wanted to ask a Broadway performer! Cast members scheduled to appear: Jake Boyd, Gerard Canonico, Stephanie Hsu, Katie Ladner, Eric William Morris, George Salazar, Paul Whitty.


Thursday, April 23 from 7:00-7:30pm (prior to 8pm performance of Blues)

Gene Alexander Peters is an educator, cultural history consultant, and collector of rare African American artifacts. Join us on April 17 to view and hear about his acclaimed collection -- “THE GENE ALEXANDER PETERS COLLECTION OF RARE & HISTORIC AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIFACTS” and how it relates to our production of Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like MineGene Alexander Peters is founder and president of SANKOFA Exhibit Consultants, an educational resource company which specializes in providing museum exhibitions and educational consultative services documenting the history of the African American experience in the Americas. His collection has been exhibited nationally at numerous landmark educational institutions and museums, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY and the Smithsonian Museum-Anacostia in Washington, DC. Additionally, select collection items have also been showcased in book publications such as Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture (2003), Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of America (2002), and featured in the NBC-TV television production 'ROOTS: Celebrating 25 Years' (2002).

The Play’s the Thing: A Panel 
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00pm 

In a panel moderated by Artistic Director John Dias, five of the most adventurous and exceptional writers in the American theater came together to share insights into the time, resources, and collaboration it takes to craft a play and bring it to production. Ruben Santiago-Hudson (playwright and director of the powerful new play Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine) and the team of Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the writers of the highly anticipated musical Be More Chill) discussed their upcoming world-premiere productions at Two River, joined by Madeleine George (author of the Two River favorite Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) and Tony Meneses (whose much-loved play Guadalupe in the Guest Room enjoyed its world premiere here this season).

Saturday, March 14 from 4:30 - 6pm

Using the characters in the play, Guadalupe in the Guest Room as an example, Resilience Strategist Barbara Rubel, led workshop attendees through the Palette of Grief: The art of dealing with life-changing events. This hands-on activity prompts attendees to visually capture their emotions, thoughts, behaviors and physical spiritual reactions due to difficult life events, allowing attendees to explore their unique loss experiences and find meaning in grief. Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CBS, CPBC: is a nationally recognized thanatologist, focusing on loss and personal growth. She has been mentioned in Health Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Fox Business, and much more. Her website is

Thursday, February 12 from 7pm – 9pm

Attendees spent the night painting their very own flower pots decorated with Mexican sugar skull designs and filled with colorful handmade paper flowers. Local artist Lisa Marie O’Connell guided us through the painting and flower-making processes. Sugar skulls, a tradition dating back to the 18thcentury, are given to the living and the dead in the Mexican culture. It is similar to giving valentines as a way to say, “I love you forever”. PLUS: Attendees were given a behind-the-scenes look into our show Guadalupe in the Guest Room from Two River’s Literary Manager, Anika Chapin. Anika spoke about the play’s portrayal of lasting love, and explained how art helps the characters in the play bond in unexpected ways.


Tuesday, January 13/2014 from 6:30-8:30pm 

In partnership with Wine and Design Milltown we had 37 artists come together to create their own paintings! This was the largest event Wine and Design Milltown has had to date and we are proud to have hosted it at Two River Theater! Mason Gross student and Artist Rachelle Miller did a fantastic job guiding everyone through the painting process, Lea Anello of Two River’s Scene stoped by to explain her process of painting the intricate set of Absurd Person Singular and the night ended with a backstage tour!