Two River Theater Announces 2012-2013 Season: PRESENT LAUGHTER Starring Michael Cumpsty and More


Two River Theater Company today announced the lineup of productions for its 2012-13 Season. The eight-play season will kick off in September with Suzan-Lori Parks directing her award-winning play Topdog/Underdog on the 10th anniversary of its winning the Pulitzer Prize. The season will also include classics and modern masterpieces, new works, and a commissioned world-premiere musical, A Wind in the Willows Christmas, which will be developed at the theater this year and debut in December.  


“This season reflects our ambition to make Two River a home for a family of artists and a community of audiences,” says Dias. “Many of the great theater artists who have made this current season so fulfilling will be returning, along with other great writers and directors who will be working at Two River for the first time. We’re thrilled to have so many theater luminaries and exciting new talent here, working on exceptional plays and musicals, and participating in the vital cultural life of Red Bank.”  


Discount ticket packages (ranging from three to seven productions) are on sale now. Individual tickets and, for a limited time, a discount four-pack for A Wind in the Willows Christmas are also available.  Tickets are available from or 732.345.1400. Single tickets for all other productions will go on sale July 1. Please see the end of the release for detailed information about ticket prices.  



Written and Directed by Suzan-Lori Parks

September 8-30, 2012

Rechnitz Theater 

Suzan-Lori Parks is one of America’s most surprising and provocative playwrights. In 2002, she became the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog. On the 10th anniversary of that history-making award, Parks will direct her darkly comic tale of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth—names given to them as a joke by their father. Obsessed with a street con game, three-card monte, the brothers are haunted by their own pasts—and our country’s history.Topdog/Underdog contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences. Suzan-Lori Parks most recently adapted the book of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which has received 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Revival of a Musical for its current Broadway production. In 2007 her 365 Plays/ 365 Days was produced in more than 700 theaters worldwide, creating one of the largest grassroots collaborations in theater history.


Written by Ethan Lipton

Music Composed and Performed by Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra 

Directed by Leigh Silverman

October 6-November 4, 2012

Marion Huber Theater 


The corporation where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet, and Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Commissioned and originally produced by Joe’s Pub, No Place to Go is Lipton’s irreverent, deeply compassionate musical ode to America’s work force—and a love letter to friends, family, and country. The songs of Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra are steeped in American musical traditions (including jazz, blues, folk, country, and lounge) but his subjects are thoroughly contemporary, winning him acclaim as a modern troubadour. Director Leigh Silverman is an Obie Award winner and Associate Artist at Two River Theater. She directed David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway and will direct a revival of his play Golden Child at Signature Theatre this fall. 

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