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Jamal's mother and her estranged husband rush to the police station when their son's car has been pulled over. With no explanation forthcoming and emotions building, this highly-charged drama twists, turns and builds to an explosive conclusion. American Son, recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for a new play by an emerging playwright, is certain to challenge assumptions and ignite conversations regarding recent events and the racial divide in this country.
Liam is a self-proclaimed "bad Jew" – and he may actually be an atheist. It's the night after his grandfather's funeral, and Liam and his high-strung and unbending cousin Daphna are arguing over who should inherit "Poppy's" Chai necklace. The verbal battle rages until Liam stakes claim to the necklace, and a vicious and hilarious brawl about family, faith and legacy begins.
When Father Monroe discovers that Marcela and her Cuban-American family are struggling, he offers a warmth and kindness unlike anything Marcela has ever experienced. Small acts of generosity blossom into love as the lines between vocation and passion begin to blur. Artistic Director Emily Mann and playwright Nilo Cruz reunite for the first time since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics with this lyrical new play about falling in love and finding a place to call home.
He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father's death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics— Hamlet and Saint Joan —are brought vividly to life in a riveting stripped-down staging by four actors from the acclaimed theater company, Bedlam.
Ayad Akhtar's fiery Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that took Broadway by storm will keep you on the edge of your seat and inspire debate long after you leave the theater. Amir Kapoor is a successful lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan law firm. He is married to a beautiful woman and is just trying to live a good life. When conversations at a dinner party turn confrontational, racial and religious tension forces him to face his own ambition and stifled cultural identity.
Winner of multiple Obie Awards, Sam Shepard's dramedy unfolds in a motel room in the Mojave Desert in which we find the continuously bickering former lovers May and Eddie. There, they unravel their tangled relationship, almost tearing each other apart. A dark exploration into love and family, Fool for Love shows us how our pasts surely come back to haunt us.
Set in a slightly larger-than-life version of Red Bank, Hurricane Diane is a "wild comedy" about climate change. An ancient god on an earthly mission, gardener Diane forever alters the lives of four New Jersey housewives when she sets out to convince each woman to implement her environmentally friendly landscape design.
The backstage intrigue, romance, and scandal that take place during and after rehearsals of Othello are the backdrop for this period comic-drama. Three extraordinary actors at the top of their game along with a well-known director try to piece together a production of "Othello" as they whittle away at each other in this passionate, highly theatrical play by the author of Lone Star," "Pvt. Wars", "Wild Oats, and Laundry and Bourbon.
The year is 1905. A young, single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter to direct this tender, exquisitely-written historical romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Sweat). It is a deeply moving tale of one woman's discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.
"Well—what shall we hang? The holly or each other?" Tony Award-nominated actor Michael Cumpsty (End of the Rainbow, The Body of an American) stars in The Lion in Winter. This American classic depicts the ruthless scheming and power struggles between Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three children during Christmas, 1183 as they fight over who will rule the land after Henry's death.
Two River Theater opens its season with an extended four-week run of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Two River's fourth American Century Cycle production following its acclaimed productions of Jitney, Two Trains Running, and Seven Guitars. August Wilson's incendiary drama, set in the 1920s, takes audiences into the world of legendary singer Ma Rainey (the real-life "Mother of the Blues") as she lays down tracks with her band in a Chicago recording studio. Tony Award-winning actor, playwright, and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Broadway's Seven Guitars, Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine) directs.
Marguerite Oswald was domineering, obsessive and desperate in her need to be loved by her younger son, Lee Harvey. She never believed her son was a monster -- but was she the cause? A chilling glimpse into what may have happened in the Oswald household in the months leading up to that fateful November morning in Dallas.
Shakespeare's great comedy about marriage—which features one of his most beloved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff—will be performed by only three actors in an exuberant feat of imagination, energy, and theatricality. Director Eric Tucker and actor Jason O'Connell are frequent collaborators; their work together includes last season's acclaimed Off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sense and Sensibility for the New York-based company Bedlam, for which Tucker is Artistic Director.
The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it's the perfect mystery for infamous detective Hercule Poirot, n'est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold onto your passport— Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig and multi-award-winning director Emily Mann will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!
Captain Jack has lost his ship, the Black Diamond, to the evil Captain Barnabas and he must get it back. Meanwhile, an apprentice blacksmith has fallen in love with the Governor's Daughter! Will there be a happy ending? Can they help Jack get his ship back? There is only one thing standing in their way- Captain Barnabas' crew of pirate ghosts! Join us for this adventure on the high seas that's sure to shiver your timbers!
Washed up Broadway Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on what they hope to be Broadway's biggest flop ever. If they get investors to over fund the show, they can skim the profits off the top and flee to Rio! Watch as they sink deeper and deeper as their "flop" becomes an overnight smash hit! Throw in a Swedish blonde bombshell, a flamboyant director, a kick line of dancing nuns, a lunatic playwright, a score filled with catchy fun tunes, and you have a laugh-out-loud musical spectacle.
Praised as Tom Stoppard's modern tragicomic masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a wonderfully inventive behind the scenes look into Shakespeare's Hamlet. Told through the worm's-eye view of the once minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Stoppard's play takes us to a place where reality and illusion intermix. Join the protagonists on an absurdist tale of musings and misadventures as they discover their inevitable fate.
In a kingdom far away, there is a greedy king who loves all precious things, especially gold. Not too far away lives a miller and his daughter. A lie is told that will change her life forever and when the king orders her to spin straw into gold, she doesn't know how! With the help of an odd troll-like man, she becomes Queen, but then must make a terrible decision. Join us for this musical retelling of a classic tale.
After being struck by a bicycle while crossing an East Village intersection, Vera Resnick feels a strange and out-of-character connection to the college-aged kid responsible for the collision. Is this mysterious connection real? Is it coincidence that brought Vera and the biker together? Or, are larger forces at play? In this surprising and soulful Manhattan serio-comedy, Vera, her husband, and their hippy-chic Texan neighbor seek truth in the face of deception, exploring matters of faith, family, and self-identity that affect all of their lives.
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album by The Who, Tommy tells an exhilarating tale of hope, healing, and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, deaf, dumb, and blind boy who triumphs over his adversities. Featuring the music of one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, Tommy has inspired, amazed, and puzzled audiences for nearly 50 years. Winning five Tony Awards and six Drama Desk awards, this show is a high – energy, one-of-a-kind theatrical event.
Through the power of food, faith, laughter, and each other, eight women find a way to carry on life at home while their husbands are away at an unnamed war. Inspired by the heightened lyricism of playwright and poet Federico García Lorca, this new play shows there is always a way—even through the hardest of times—to set our love free. Playwright Tony Meneses made his Two River debut last season with Guadalupe in the Guest Room.