Here at Two River Theater we love art, and we love talking about art. But we find that some of the most interesting and fruitful conversations arise when discussing two different works of art and how they relate to each other. Based on that principle, we started the Two River Book Club, in which we choose books that feel like they’re in conversation with the plays in our season, either in theme, context, or content.
Join us for cookies and coffee and a lively discussion of the books, the plays, and whatever else comes up! There is no cost to participate in Two River's Book Club. Meetings are held in theater's VIP Lounge, the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library.
17/18 SEASON BOOK CLUB MEETINGS:
THE BRIEF AND WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO
By Junot Diaz
Monday, January 29th – 6:30 PM
In this celebrated 2007 novel, an overweight Dominican boy living in New Jersey is obsessed with sci-fi, fantasy, falling in love, and the curse that has plagued his family for generations. In connection with our production of EL COQUÍ ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM, we’ll discuss the experiences of immigrants in America who feel caught between two cultures, and don’t fully fit in with either.
By David Mitchell
Monday, March 12th – 6:30 PM
Thornton Wilder’s novel THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY and its message of human connection provided the inspiration for David Mitchell’s utterly unique 2004 novel (Mitchell even named a character Luisa Rey as a tribute). Comprised of six nested stories with very different styles and settings, CLOUD ATLAS is an intricate, gorgeous, heartbreaking variation on Wilder’s original theme. We’ll discuss the art of interlocking stories, and how works of art can teach us how to live.