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Kelly McIntyre
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The world premiere of the musical Love in Hate Nation is running at Two River Theater in Red Bank through December 1 with book, music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis. Iconis thrilled audiences at Two River and then on Broadway with the sensation Be More Chill.

Oo-Bla-Dee
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Golden Globe winner Regina Taylor's Oo-Bla-Dee runs from June 8 through June 30 at Two River Theater.

Oo-Bla-Dee follows Evelyn Waters and the Diviners, an all-black, all-female jazz band, as they travel from St. Louis to Chicago in order to set up a record deal following the end of World War II.

Taylor joined Obie-Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (orginal music for Oo-Bla-Dee) and Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson on stage recently for a live panel discussion, hosted by WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Oo-Blad-Dee
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Oo-Bla-Dee runs from June 8 through June 30 at Two River Theater in Red Bank.  This Wednesday May 8 at 7pm at Two River, WBGO's Doug Doyle will host a live panel discussion with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Regina Taylor and Diedre L. Murray

Maureen Silliman
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Broadway veteran Maureen Silliman takes us into the mind and soul of one of America's greatest poets Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst, the latest production at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. 

Silliman sits down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about why she loves this play and has enjoyed working again with Two River Theater founder Robert Rechnitz who is directing this version of The Belle of Amherst.

Martin Moran
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The world premiere of Martin Moran's Theo renders the complexity of living with humor and truth.  Moran sat down recently with WBGO's Doug Doyle at Two River Theater in Red Bank to discuss his new five person play.

Moran's highly acclaimed solo shows The Tricky Part and All The Rage were also performed at Two River.  Moran is an Obie Award winner, but he has also performed in many Broadways shows including Titanic The Musical, Wicked, Spamelot and Cabaret.  He has a love for both writing and acting/singing.

Noises Off
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Tony Award winner Michael Frayn's Noises Off debuted in London, England in 1982 and is considered one of the funniest plays ever written.  The latest production of the popular play at Two River Theater is being directed by Sarna Lapine and includes a star-studded cast.

WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle went to the theater in Red Bank, New Jersey to talk with three of the cast members: Ellen Harvey, Michael Crane and Kimiye Corwin. 

Screwball antics, misplaced props, slamming doors and flying sardines all combine in this celebrated, flawless farce-within-a-farce.

King Hedley II
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The year is 1985. King Hedley II has returned from prison looking to rebuild his life, save some money, plant a backyard garden, and start a family.  This production is the halfway mark of Two River Theater presenting the 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle chats with two of the stars of King Hedley II, Harvy Blanks (Elmore) and Charlie Hudson III (Mister).

Obie Award-winner Brandon J. Dirden (A Raisin in the Sun, August Wilson’s Jitney) directs.

Pamela's First Musical
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What a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary season at Two River Theater in Red Bank with world premiere of Pamela’s First Musical. There’s a combined total of more than 25 Tony Award nominations and 7 wins between the amazing cast and creative team. 

One of the stars of the show is three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello.  Carmello, who has appeared in 14 Broadway musicals, gets to sing and have fun in the role of  Aunt Louise.  WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke with Carmello about the show and her amazing Broadway career.

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The Monmouth Film Festival brings over 50 short and feature length films to Red Bank.  

“This is an experience. These are movies before they get onto Netflix or before they go to the Oscars,” said Nick Marchese, founder and president, Monmouth Film Festival.  “You get to talk to people.  I’m sure there’s times you go to a movie and say, ‘I wonder why they did that or maybe they should have done this.’  You get to talk to that filmmaker on the red carpet and basically break down the barriers between you and the storyteller.”

Lauren Pritchard
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Songbird premiered Off-Broadway in 2015 to much critical acclaim, earning a New York Times Critic's Pick. 

Now the musical, written by Michael Kimmel along with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, is gearing up for its run at Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Pritchard, who starred as Ilse in the original cast of Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2006 and performs now as LOLO, sat down recently with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about Songbird and her career. 

David Greenspan
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Veteran writer and actor David Greenspan, the winner of five Obie Awards, brings his adaptation of Thornton Wilder 's The Bridge of San Luis Rey to Two River Theater through March 18th.  This production is directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

This literary masterpiece which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 deals with the nature of love.

David Greenspan also stars in the new production as the narrator and  portrays the character Uncle Pio.

Gabriel Hernandez
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The world premier of EL COQUI ESPECTACULAR AND THE BOTTLE OF DOOM runs through February 4th at Two River Theater in Red Bank.

The superhero in this play, written by Matt Barbot and directed by Jose Zayas, is actually an out-of-work comic book creator who keeps getting beat up in alleyways, wearing an homemade pajama costume. 

The villain in the show, El Chupacabra, is played by actor and Hoboken resident Gabriel Hernandez. 

Carl Cofield
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The latest production of Lorraine Hansberry's iconic play A Raisin In The Sun runs from September 9th through October 8th at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Several stars of the show including Brandon J. Dirden, Crystal A. Dickinson and Brenda Pressley and the play's director Carl Cofield joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle on the stage at the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater for a live audience panel discussion to talk about the relevance of the play in today's world.

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Over forty films are screening at Two River Theater in Red Bank from August 11-13.  Movies from all over the world says Nick Marchese, founder of the Monmouth Film Festival.

“You can sit through every film, even if you aren’t interested in the particular topic.  You will say ‘wow, that was a really well done film.’  That’s one of the biggest thing that we focus on at the festival.  We receive tons and tons of submissions and it works down to a program of about 38 shorts and five features.”

One of those films tells the story of a famous Jersey Shore filmmaker.

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Over 60 films are screening at various locations across Red Bank, New Jersey this week.  Along with those movies are a string of community events.  Jay Webb co-founder of the Indie Street Film Festival says they find creative ways for moviegoers to mingle with filmmakers.

The Ballad of Little Jo
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Singer-Songwriter and legendary football star Mike Reid is always looking to what's next in his life.  One of the musicals he's written is running at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ from June 3rd through June 25th. 

Reid wrote the music for The Ballad of Little Jo in 1997, but he thinks this performance of the show will be the best yet.  The book by Reid, Sarah Schlesinger and John Dias was based on the film The Ballad of Little Joe by Maggie Greenwald.

Tony Meneses
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Playwright Tony Meneses feels right at home at Two River Theater in Red Bank.  He's excited about the world premiere of The Women Of Padilla.   Meneses was also the playwright of one of Two River's most adored shows Guadalupe in the Guest Room.

The Women of Padilla characters are linked by their marriages to eight brothers and their shared last name, Padilla.   The eight very different sisters-in-law connect through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other while their husbands are away at war.

The Modern Side of Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor

Mar 13, 2017
Merry Wives of Windsor
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Featuring only three actors—Nicole Lewis, Jason O’Connell, and Zuzanna Szadkowski—this production of The Merry Wives of Windsor explores the darker undercurrent of one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies. In the play, the lecherous buffoon John Falstaff decides to seduce both Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, respectable married women of Windsor. When the two women immediately see through Falstaff’s plot, they decide to turn the tables on him and devise a plot of their own.

Hurricane Diane Blows People Away At Two River Theater

Jan 27, 2017
Becca Blackwell
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Becca Blackwell is making audiences laugh as "Diane" in Two River Theater's latest production Hurricane Diane.  In this wild comedy, the Greek god Dionysus takes form as "Diane", a lesbian permaculture gardener from Vermont.  She's on a mission to gather followers and restore the Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than a Monmouth County cul-de-sac and the women who live there?

Blackwell is enjoying working with Two River's playwright-in-residence, Madeleine George: