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A Raisin In The Sun 

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Carl Cofield

September 9–October 8, 2017

Two River favorites Brandon J. Dirden (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Crystal A. Dickinson (Seven Guitars) and Brenda Pressley (Trouble in Mind) have long been part of Two River’s family of artists. Next season, they return to Red Bank to play Walter Lee, Ruth and Lena Younger in one of the greatest family dramas ever written, A Raisin in the Sun—the play that “changed American theater forever” (The New York Times). 

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Michael Cumpsty

November 11-December 3, 2017

Propriety, society, family ties, love, and the perfection of cucumber sandwiches all hilariously combine in Oscar Wilde’s great comedy of manners. Michael Cumpsty, most recently seen on the Two River stage as King Henry in The Lion in Winter, will step behind the scenes to direct the classic satire of British Victorian society.

El Coquí Espectacular And The Bottle of Doom
A Superhero Play

By Matt Barbot
Directed by Jose Zayas

January 6–Febuary 4, 2018

In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero, El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is out-of-work comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe wants Alex to join him at his advertising agency, selling sugary soda to Latino consumers. Can El Coquí defeat his own self-doubt and be a hero for his neighborhood?


The Bridge of San Luis Rey

By Thornton Wilder
Adapted for the stage by David Greenspan
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

February 17–March 18, 2018

Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece—a dazzling rumination on the nature of love—will be brought to life on stage by one of the singular figures in the American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards.  

Dancing at Lughnasa

By Brian Friel
Directed by Jessica Stone

April 14–May 13, 2018

Brian Friel’s “ravishing memory play” (The New York Times) about five unmarried sisters on the west coast of Ireland in 1936 won the 1992 Tony Award for Best New Play—and the hearts of audiences. Directed by Jessica Stone (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Absurd Person Singular), Dancing at Lughnasa promises to cast a warm and luminous theatrical spell with its portrait of love, hardship, and, above all else, family.


By Regina Taylor
Original Music by Diedre L. Murray
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

June 9–July 1, 2018

Oo-Bla-Dee paints a shimmering portrait of an all-female band of African-American bebop musicians traveling the country following the end of World War II.  A sweeping and ambitious play-with-music, Oo-Bla-Dee will be brought to life by Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away, Crowns), Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s Jitney at Two River and on Broadway). 



Skeletons: A Day of the Dead Bedtime Story

Teatro Sea, New York

October 12-15, 2017

For ages 7 and up

Skeletons is a lighthearted comedy about a boy, Jimmy, who is dealing with the loss of his best friend, his Grandfather. His parents try everything to help Jimmy cope, but nothing works, until the eve of Day of the Dead, when his Grandfather comes back to life for just one night to orchestrate an adventure!

Tickets are $20 for Adults & $15 for Children 12 and Under

The Rainbow Fish

Based on the book by Marcus Pfister 

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

December 15–18, 2017

For ages 3-7

With his silver scales and heart of gold, The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest children in this adaptation of the award-winning book about a beautiful fish who learns to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry. 

Tickets are $25

A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors

Adapted and Directed by Sara Holdren

March 6–11, 2018

For ages 9 and up

Celebrating its 5th season as one of Two River’s most popular programs, A Little Shakespeare engages young artists and audiences with the work of the Bard. Last season, 28 local high school students from 12 area schools participated in this theatrical adventure; don’t miss seeing the magic they create this year!  

Tickets are $20 for Adults & $15 for Children 12 and Under

The Young King

Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom
Produced by Slingsby Theatre, Australia

April 20–22, 2018

For ages 8 and up

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be the heir to the kingdom. Treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The Young King is a coming-of-age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership, and compassion.  

Tickets are $25

Artists, productions, prices and performances schedules are subject to change.