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Conversation + Play

Join us for an engaging evening of entertainment! Our widely popular & always SOLD OUT Salons include an exclusive curated pre-show reception with a guest speaker, Q&A session, audience & speaker conversation, and food & drink, followed by a performance of one of Two River Theater’s world-class productions. For more information about our partner, The Navesink (producers of the TEDxNavesink Conference), click here!

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Friday, February 10, 2017
6:30PM pre-show talk and reception
8:00PM performance of "Hurricane Diane"

This event is presented as part of the Conversation + Play salon series curated by The Navesink (producers of the TEDxNavesink conference) and Two River Theater.

During our pre-show salon, Guest speaker Sean Walsh, Owner of AppleSeed Permaculture will touch upon ecological design, and how to install and manage a holistic, beautiful, functional, and productive landscape of your own.

Following the salon, the world premiere comedic play "Hurricane Diane" will give us a look into permaculture gardening -- asking larger questions about how we live today, both in our connections with each other and our connection to nature.

Tickets for this event are $75 (or $30 for those aged 30 and under) and include the salon (exclusive pre-show event with talk and light dinner fare provided by Kitch Organic, LLC) and the 8pm performance of "Hurricane Diane".

Use promo code NAVESINK75 when purchasing tickets to this event-- or, if you are age 30 and under, use promo code NAVESINK30.


 Adventure and Growth in Shakespeare's Pericles 
Thursday, April 28/2016 at 6:30pm

During the pre-show reception, Guest speaker Sue Starke, PhD, Associate Professor of English at Monmouth University, will explore how Pericles is part of a specific Greek prose romance tradition with its own "adventure" template and hero’s journey. Following the salon pre-show reception, the play Pericles is brought to life -- set in an apocalyptic dive bar, featuring original songs by Rinde Eckert.
Light dinner fare provided by Siam Garden.

Sue Starke, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of English at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey,where she has taught since 2000. Her research and teaching interests include Renaissance literature and culture, the history of the English language, Victorian literature, genre theory, and the intersections of literature and art criticism. Dr. Starke has published articles on Edmund Spenser, Philip Sidney, and Abraham Cowley, while her book, The Heroines of English Pastoral Romance, was published in 2007 by Boydell and Brewer. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD in English from Rutgers University.


 The Importance of Ancestry and Antiques 
Thursday, June 23/2016 at 6:30pm

Guest speaker Bill Ditto of West Farms Antiques will discuss which antiques are valuable in learning about genealogy and why preservation is easy, including how he used his own family heirlooms to trace his ancestry. Following the salon pre-show reception, the American classic play I Remember Mama gives us a look into the experience of a Norwegian immigrant family during the turn of the century in San Francisco.
Light dinner fare provided by Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza.

Bill Ditto realized a life-long dream to operate an antiques business when he established West Farms Antiques, after he retired from a 40-year career in human services in 2010. Bill began collecting antiques 47 years ago as a hobby that continues today, with booths in Riverbank Antiques (Red Bank) and Canvas House Antiques (Point Pleasant Beach). His specialties are silver, early American glass, Staffordshire pottery, 18th & 19th century English & American furniture, and early iron utensils and tools. Bill also has a keen interest in genealogy and has done extensive research into his ancestry, tracing it back to France in the 1600s. Mr. Ditto holds undergraduate degrees in English from then-Monmouth College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.


 The Heroine in Modern Drama 
Thursday, February 4/2016 at 6:30pm

During the pre-show reception, Guest speaker Frank P. Fury, PhD, lecturer in Monmouth University’s English Department, investigated the nature of the term “heroine” and traced the evolution of the heroine using examples from prominent playwrights throughout theatre history. Following the salon pre-show reception, the world-premiere play Lives of Reason (written by Robert Rechnitz and Kenneth Stunkel) brought audiences inside the world of academia — and what happens when one woman’s secret passions explode.
Light dinner fare was provided by The Danish Café.

Be More Chill with The Navesink
Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm

Speaker & Futurist Expert David Orban gave a talk on transhumanism and his work on the development of exponentially advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand challenges. David is CEO of Dotsub, the leading technology provider powering video viewing via subtitles in any language & a member of the Faculty of, and Advisor to the Singularity University & much more! Click here to read David’s full bio.


What is Your Relationship IQ?
Thursday, January 292015

In conjunction with Two River's production of Absurd Person SingularDr. Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. gave a pre-show talk titled "What is Your Relationship IQ?" getting everyone laughing prior to showtime!  Gary is a professor and department chair at Monmouth University, Director of the Relationship Science Lab, and co-editor/co-creator of His well-published research focuses on the self and relationships, and his work and expertise have been featured in media outlets (The New York Times, CNN, WebMD, Scientific American Mind, USA Today). 


The Era and Legend of Camelot
Thursday, December 4/2014 

Kenneth Campbell, Professor of History at Monmouth University kicked off the evening with a talk about the legend of King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, and the myth of Camelot from a historical and literary perspective. Our second talk focused on music from the Kennedy era & the evolution of musicals by Joe Rapolla, Chair of Music and Theatre Arts at Monmouth University. Both talks were a fabulous way for audiences to dive deeper into the themes of Two River's production of Camelot.


A Night of Comedy
Thursday, September 25/2014 

To kick-off Two River's season opener, Moliere's The School for Wives, a special night of comedy was planned! Michael Phillips-Anderson, Associate Professor of Communication at Monmouth University, gave an informative talk on comedy. Then improve comedy master, Michael O'Keeffe got everyone laughing with the help of same brave attendees who stepped up to the plate! 


Life in the Bubble: The Curious Culture(s) of Academia

Dr. Robert A. Saunders, Professor of History and Political Science at Farmingdale State College led a discussion on oddities of academia, reflecting on the curious cultures of the Ivory Tower. To give attendees thinking about the themes of Two River’s production of Third he also discussed his own experiences with student plagiarism and instructor-student conflicts.