Two River Theater expanding its footprint and booking as it turns 25

Mike Birbiglia's one-man show "The New One" is being performed at Two River Theater in Red Bank and the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village this month.
Mike Birbiglia’s one-man show “The New One” is being performed at Two River Theater in Red Bank and the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village this month.

Two River Theater Company, a regional non-profit theater in New Jersey with a national reputation for staging excellent productions, appears to be expanding its offerings with booking a comic and a film festival in the “off-season.”

Mike Birbiglia‘s one-man show “The New One” that begins tonight at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank.

There are a limited number of single seats available at the time of this posting for Berbiglia’s six-performance gig. The schedule:  Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m.; Friday, July 13 at 9 p.m.;       Saturday, July 14 at 6:30 and 9 p.m.;  Sunday, July 15 at 3 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35. The 80-minute show is recommended for people age 16 and older. For more info, click here. Birbiglia also is performing “The New One” in NYC July 18 to Aug. 26 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Those performances have sold out.

For more info, click on this link: bit.ly/TheNewOneNJ.

Regional theaters, during the off-season, tend to be dark. That means no main stage limited productions outside the regular season. As Two River Theater sails into its 25th season it is moving full speed ahead.

It recently broke ground for a state-of-the-art Center for New Work, Education and Production Design, an extension for its ambitious artistic activities,  operational needs, and educational programming.

The new space includes two rehearsal spaces,  expanded scene shop spaces, a wood shop for the props department, a larger costume shop and offices for its 23-person production staff. as well as multiple storage areas.

Two River also offers tons of community outreach during the summer.

For students on the autism spectrum, Two River is offering two weeks of specifically designed classes led by teaching artists with extensive experience, plus several support assistants.

Classes will focus on movement activities, storytelling, imagination, and social interaction using a variety of dramatic techniques. Students will improve body awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication and self-confidence through theater.

Classes for ages 10-13 or Middle School, run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20-24 and 27-31. Classes for ages 14-17 or High School run the same weeks from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Each week cost $175.

For more information, call Amanda Espinoza, Education Assistant, at 732-345-1400 x1804 or SummerCamp@trtc.org

For students entering grades 7 to 12, there are the Summer Intensives. The first two weeks have sold out, but the final week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  July 23–27 is still open.

Two tracks are offered: Onstage Track for actors, singers, and dancers and  Backstage Track for directors & designers & technicians.

The Onstage Track is led by a professional director, musical director, and guest teaching artists. Students  work on a songs, scenes, dances, original material, movement pieces, and poetry, to be performed on Two River’s main stage.

The Backstage Track is led by a professional technical director, assistant TD, and guest teaching artists. Students paint flats, create costume pieces, learn about lighting and sound, and make props for the main stage performance.

The fee for the week is $475. For more information, contact Amanda Espinoza at 732-345-1400 x1804 or SummerCamp@trtc.org.

Although not a Two River Theater production, the International Monmouth Film Festival has rented the theater for its annual event. It runs the second weekend of August with  free Film Panels and Workshops. A Networking Event is  $10 and various packages from $10 to $15. A  VIP All-Access Pass is ​$75

For tickets and a list of films scheduled to be shown, click here.

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