Two River Theater announces 2016-17 season

Michael Cumpsty will star in "The Lion in Winter" at Two River Theater in Red Bank.

Michael Cumpsty will star in “The Lion in Winter” at Two River Theater in Red Bank, in November and December.

No matter what happens in the upcoming presidential election, there will be political intrigue this November — in Red Bank, at least, where the Two River Theater will present the classic play about power struggles in 12th century England, “The Lion in Winter,” as part of its 2016-17.

Here is a rundown of the season. Subscriptions are currently available, though tickets for individual plays won’t be available until August.

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Sept. 10-Oct. 9: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” written by August Wilson and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, at the Rechnitz Theater. The 1920s installment of the late Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” featuring one play set in each of the 20th century’s decades.
Nov. 12-Dec. 4: “The Lion in Winter,” by James Goldman, at the Rechnitz Theater. Michael Cumpsty will star as Henry II.
Dec. 27-30: “A Very Electric Christmas,” produced by Lightwire Theater, at the Rechnitz Theater. Family-oriented production with dancers, puppets and neon lights.
Jan. 14-Feb. 12: “Hurricane Diane,” by Madeleine George, directed by Leigh Silverman, at the Marion Huber Theater. A Jersey-set play about climate change.
Feb. 25-March 26: “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” by William Shakespeare, directed by Eric Tucker, at the Marion Huber Theater. A three-actor version of the comedy featuring Shakespeare’s beloved rascal, Sir John Falstaff. (Also, the theater will presented a 70-minute version of the play, performed by high school students, in the Rechnitz Theater, March 7-12.)
April 8-30 2017: “The Women of Padilla,” by Tony Meneses, at the Rechnitz Theater. A portrait of eight women whose husbands are away from home, in a war.
June 3-25 2017: “The Ballad of Little Jo,” music by Mike Reid, lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger, book by Schlesinger, Reid and John Dias, based on the 1993 film “The Ballad of Little Jo,” directed by Dias, at Rechnitz Theater. A musical about a woman who disguises herself as a man in the late 19th century American West.

The Rechnitz Theater seats 349; the Marion Huber Theater, 110.


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