Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” once described as “the second most known and quoted play in English after ‘Hamlet,’ ” will be among the plays in the 2017-18 season of the Two River Theater in Red Bank. Michael Cumpsty, the Tony-nominated actor who has acted and directed at Two River Theater before, will direct this production, which will run from Nov. 11 to Dec. 3.
Here is a rundown of what will be offered in the upcoming season. For information, visit tworivertheater.org.
Sept. 8-Oct. 8: Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” featuring Two River veteran Brandon J. Dirden, along with his wife (Crystal Dickinson) and father (Willie Dirden).
Oct. 12-15: “Skeletons: A Day of the Dead Bedtime Story.” Family play by the New York-based Teatro SEA company, performed in English and Spanish.
Nov. 11-Dec. 3: “The Importance of Being Earnest.”
Dec. 15-18: “The Rainbow Fish.” For young audiences.
Jan. 6-Feb. 4: Matthew Barbot’s “El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom.” The fully staged premiere of a play previously featured in a reading at Two River’s Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays.
Feb. 17-March 18: Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.”
March 6-11: A Shakespeare play TBA with high school age performers.
April 14-May 13, 2018: Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa.”
April 20-22, 2018: Oscar Wilde’s “The Young King,” adapted by Nicki Bloom and Australia’s Slingsby company. For “older kids.”
June 9-July 1, 2018: Regina Taylor’s “Oo-Bla-Dee,” a redeveloped version of the 1999 play.