Michael Hurst News

Two River Theater Highlights Grants, New Programs, Partnerships and More in 2013-14
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has concluded its 20th Anniversary Season, highlighted by far-reaching new-play development activities supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The season was bookended by the Two River directorial debuts of acclaimed actors Joel Grey (Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time) and Michael Cumpsty (Wendy Wasserstein's Third). (more...)

6th Annual Cultural Access Network Awards Set for 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

On June 19th, at the sixth annual Cultural Access Network Awards, three organizations and one individual will be honored for their leadership, innovation, and commitment to increasing access to the arts for people with disabilities. The Awards are offered annually by the Cultural Access Network Project, cosponsored by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State; for the fifth year in a row, the event will be held at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. (more...)

'Spartacus' Director Michael Hurst to Direct THE VIKING WARS
by Movies News Desk - May 02, 2014

Director/actor Michael Hurst, who most recently directed television series Spartacus: War of the Damned for Starz, is returning to action adventure as director of THE VIKING WARS for Cardinal XD; it was announced today by Jeff Goldman, Cardinal XD Chief Content Officer. (more...)

Two River Theater Announces 2014-15 Season, Featuring New Play Written and Helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the lineup of productions for its 2014/15 Season. The year will include world-premiere plays and musicals that have been developed at the theater, including Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine, a new play written and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson; and Be More Chill, a musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, adapted from the novel by Ned Vizzini and directed by Scott Ellis. The season will also include a range of world masterpieces and American classics, and work for audiences ages three and up (more...)

Tanya Saracho to Lead Latino Storytelling Workshops at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded the theater a generous $40,000 grant through the foundation's Building Demand for the Arts program, which launched last year and funds inventive partnerships that create new methods for reaching the public and developing their interest in and access to the performing arts. (more...)

Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh Star in THE MUSIC MAN: IN CONCERT at Two River Theater and NJPAC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today the full cast of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, a concert version of the classic Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara, with music direction by Kenny J. Seymour. America's favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit will be performed by an African-American cast. The River City, Iowa setting will be based on historical accounts of black communities established during the Great Migration as former slaves moved across the U.S. following the Civil War. (more...)

Robert O'Hara to Direct Two River Theater and NJPAC's Production of THE MUSIC MAN, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO, John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today a new collaboration that will bring a concert version of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, performed by an African-American cast, to audiences in both Newark and Red Bank, New Jersey. (more...)

Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh to Star in THE MUSIC MAN: IN CONCERT at Two River Theater and NJPAC; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today the full cast of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, a concert version of the classic Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara, with music direction by Kenny J. Seymour. America's favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit will be performed by an African-American cast. The River City, Iowa setting will be based on historical accounts of black communities established during the Great Migration as former slaves moved across the U.S. following the Civil War. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AS YOU LIKE IT at Two River Theater - A Brilliant Performance
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 05, 2014

A stellar performance of 'As You Like It' by William Shakespeare is now on stage at Two River Theater in Red Bank through February 16th. Metropolitan area audiences should not miss this show. (more...)

Two River Theater Company to Stage AS YOU LIKE IT, 1/25-2/16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its 2013/2014 Season with Shakespeare's romantic comedy As You Like it, directed by Michael Sexton (Two River's Henry V), the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Society in New York. Performances will begin in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, January 25, with the opening night on Friday, January 31 at 8pm. The production must close on Sunday, February 16. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org. The lead production sponsor is Monmouth University. (more...)

Photo Flash: A Wind in the Willows Christmas at Two River Theater Opens 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presentsA Wind in the Willows Christmas, a holiday musical adapted from Kenneth Grahame's novel by composer Mike Reid, lyricist Sarah Schlesinger, and bookwriter Mindi Dickstein. (more...)

A HAND IN MY HEART Opens Tonight at Standard ToyKraft
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

An original play about contemporary society, fear of darkness, and undivided reality, A Hand in My Heart defies easy definitions. (more...)

A HAND IN MY HEART to Open 12/12 at Standard ToyKraft
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2013

An original play about contemporary society, fear of darkness, and undivided reality, A Hand in My Heart defies easy definitions. (more...)

Robert O'Hara to Direct Two River Theater and NJPAC's Production of THE MUSIC MAN, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO, John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today a new collaboration that will bring a concert version of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, performed by an African-American cast, to audiences in both Newark and Red Bank, New Jersey. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights from Joel Grey- Helmed ON BORROWED TIME
by Molly Tracy - Sep 26, 2013

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2013-2014 Season with Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time, directed by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey. Below, check out highlights from the production! (more...)

ON BORROWED TIME, Directed by Joel Grey, Begins Tonight at Two River Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2013

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2013-2014 Season with Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time, directed by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey. Performances will begin in Two River's Rechnitz Theater (21 Bridge Avenue) today, September 14 and continue through Sunday, October 13. The opening night performance is Friday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Joel Grey to Direct ON BORROWED TIME at Two River Theatre, 9/14-10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2013

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, launches its 2013-2014 Season with Paul Osborn's On Borrowed Time, directed by Tony and Academy Award-winner Joel Grey. Performances will begin in Two River's Rechnitz Theater (21 Bridge Avenue) on Saturday, September 14 and continue through Sunday, October 13. The opening night performance is Friday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m.. (more...)

Two River Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Partner for FALLEN ANGELS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2013

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Two River Theater present NoŽl Coward's delightful comedy FALLEN ANGELS. (more...)

Two River Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ to Partner for PRESENT LAUGHTER, FALLEN ANGELS, June-July 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jun 05, 2013

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Two River Theater announce a unique partnership celebrating two of Noel Coward's delightful comedies being presented this spring at their respective theatres. With the two companies collaborating and promoting each other's productions, patrons can purchase discount tickets to see both comedies by contacting the box office at either theater. For the low price of $75 for Sunday,Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings or Saturday matinees, patrons will receive a ticket to see Present Laughter at Two River Theater in Red Bank andFallen Angels at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison. For the discounted price of $90, patrons may attend a Friday or Saturday evening orSunday matinee of both shows. (more...)

Two River Swaps TWO TRAINS RUNNING with PRESENT LAUGHTER; Revised 2013 Schedule Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2013

Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces updated information about its 2013 season. August Wilson's Two Trains Running and Noel Coward's Present Laughter will switch positions in the previously announced lineup; there are no other changes to the run dates, including opening nights. (more...)

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