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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.
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 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.
Sloane Hudson, a rich, beautiful recent Ivy League graduate and product of the campus hook up culture and frat basement pong tournaments, doesn't believe in love or marriage. She does believe in babies and wants one soon so her tummy can bounce back and she can still wear a bikini. The problem is she needs a sperm donor who passes muster. Enter Brandon, who's got the right stats but the wrong attitude. Brandon has enough on his plate already and lives with brother Doug, the infamous "De-Fenestrator" who just fell in love with Katerina, the hooker from the Ukraine. Cabbage soup, a rare baseball card and a lizard named Pogo all play a part in this romantic comedy for cynical times.
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!
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.
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.