2 River Theater reveals 2016-17 season with classics, and new works

Two River Theater tonight announced its 2016-2017 season, which  includes Michael Cumptsy as Henry II in “The Lion in Winter” and Ruben Santiago-Hudson directing August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”  Cumpsty and Santiago-Hudson, comfortable on NYC stages, bring their Broadway level work to regional theaters. Both men are returning to what they consider their second home which 2River fans are happy about.

(Watch a clip from Santiago-Hudson’s direction of PBS’ concert version of “Ma Rainy’ Black Bottom” in the Greene Room by clicking here.)

Exterior night image of Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ.
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ.

Below are the bare  details about the season. More info to come soon.

“Ma Rainey” runs from Sept. 10-Oct.9 and “Lion” from Nov. 12-Dec. 4. Next, for Christmas and families, is “A Very Electric Christmas” produced and directed by  the incredible Lightwire Theater, based in New Orleans. Check it out here.

“Hurricane Diane,” a world premiere with Jersey Shore influences gleaned from Super Storm Sandy,” runs from Jan. 14-Feb.12, and is written by Madeleine George.

A three-person interpretation of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” directed by Eric Tucker, is up next and runs from Feb. 25-March 26. Yes, I know.  Three actors– two men, one-woman — play all the parts. Sounds crazy; I can’t wait!

Playwright Tony Meneses, whose  “Guadalupe in the Guest Room,” here was a fascinating look at the relationships between the Mexican and American cultures, has written “The Woman of Padilla,” a play about eight Mexican women who carry on while their husbands are away at war, runs April 8-30.

The season closes with 2River Theater’s Artist Director John Dias returning to a new musical he’s worked on before and whose book he helped write with Sarah Schlesinger and Mike Reid. Music by Reid and Schlesinger. Dias directs “The Ballard” of Little Jo,” a stage production based on the film  by Maggie Greenwald based the life of Josephine/Joe Monaghan, a woman who spent her life in the frontier mining districts of Idaho as a man.

So excited about the new season by this adventurous LORT theater.

For more details, a video of the exciting Lightwire Theater, and ticket packages, click here.