TWO RIVER THEATER CONTINUES ITS SEASON OF FAMILY PRODUCTIONS WITH THE YOUNG KING, A PLAY FOR AUDIENCES AGE 8 AND UP, BASED ON THE SHORT STORY BY OSCAR WILDE; ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY NICKI BLOOM; DIRECTED BY ANDY PACKER; AND PRODUCED BY SLINGSBY THEATRE, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
March 27, 2018
Performances: Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater; special events around the production include a Relaxed Performance on Saturday, April 21 at 4pm
RED BANK, NJ — Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its season of Theater for Young Audiences productions with The Young King, for audiences age 8 and up. Created by Slingsby Theatre, Adelaide Australia, The Young King is based on a short story by Oscar Wilde, adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom, and directed by Andy Packer. The lead sponsor is Monmouth University and the production sponsor is Rumson Country Day School.
What kind of king would you be? A naive boy raised by goatherds is discovered to be the heir to the kingdom. Treasure and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The young and young-at-heart are invited to join the Young King in thisenchanting, moving, and immersive adaptation (children are invited to participate throughout the show!) of the fairytale by Oscar Wilde. It is a coming-of-age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion, and includes unique and interactive stagecraft, puppetry and live music. Free pre-show coronation activities begin 30 minutes prior to each performance.
The Young King won the 2017 People’s Choice Award at the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase.
Ticket prices are $25. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.
Friday, April 20 at 10:30 am (student matinees, tickets are $15) and 2pm
Saturday, April 21 at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm (relaxed performance)
Sunday, April 22 at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm
Relaxed Performance, Saturday, April 21 at 4pm: Two River is proud to offer relaxed performances that support young people on the autism spectrum and welcome them to the theater. Adjustments are made for relaxed performances, including keeping house lights on at low levels, and sound at comfortable levels, especially for startling or loud sounds. Patrons are free to talk, move around, or leave their seats during performances, and iPads and other electronic devices used for therapeutic purposes are allowed in the theater. Two River staff and volunteers with autism training provide assistance at all relaxed performances.
Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Jorgensen Foundation, US Trust, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, Kessler Foundation, Investors Foundation, The John Ben Snow Foundation, VNA Health Group, Brookdale Community College, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.
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Since its founding in 1994, Two River Theater has been committed to creating great American theater by developing and producing work by some of the country’s leading artists. We are proud to be viewed as a vital cultural resource in the community of Red Bank, New Jersey. Through 10 theatrical productions each year (including world premieres, musicals, classics and theater for young audiences) and 40+ annual events happening around Monmouth County, we produce exceptional theater and cultivate engaged audiences. Two River Theater is under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst. For more information, visit tworivertheater.org or call 732.345.1400.