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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Two River Theater Company's final play of the 2013/2014 season is 'Third'

Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, continues its 2013/14 Season with Third, the final play written by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Michael Cumpsty. 

Performances will begin in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, May 31 and continue through Sunday, June 22The opening night performance is Friday, June 6 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or The lead production sponsor for Third is Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. 

Wendy Wasserstein was the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Play, for The Heidi Chronicles (the second play produced by Two River Theater in its 1994/95 debut season at Monmouth University), for which she also received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. Third was produced at Lincoln Center Theater in the fall of 2005. 

Set at an elite, New England liberal arts college in November 2002, it focuses on college professor Laurie Jameson (played by Annette O’Toole), who accuses one of her students—an outwardly preppy jock nicknamed ‘Third’ (Christopher Sears)—of plagiarism, and upends her own life in the process.

Third is a moving, dazzlingly smart and funny play that explores such quintessential Wasserstein themes as the challenges confronting Laurie Jameson and her generation; friendship and rivalry between women; the complexities of family; and the dangers of identity politics and class distinctions.

“When we were planning our 20th Anniversary lineup, which concludes with this production, we wanted to return to the work of Wendy Wasserstein—one of the most admired and best loved American writers—whose play The Heidi Chronicles was part of Two River’s inaugural season,” says Artistic Director John Dias. “Third is Wendy’s final play and it has all of her charm and wit, as well as the insight and maturity of an artist working at the height of her talents. We are delighted to celebrate Third with our director Michael Cumpsty and a marvelous company led by Annette O’Toole as Laurie Jameson.”

In addition to the Tony and the Pulitzer, The Heidi Chronicles won the 1989 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Wasserstein’s other plays include Uncommon Women and Others, Isn’t It RomanticThe Sisters RosensweigAn American Daughter, and Old Money. Among other works, she wrote several collections of essays; a children’s book, Pamela’s First Musical; and screenplays, including The Object of My Affection. Wasserstein was educated at Mounty Holyoke College and the Yale School of Drama. She died on January 30, 2006 at the age of 55, after a bout with lymphoma.

Director Michael Cumpsty is an Obie-winning and Tony Award-nominated actor. His credits include, most recently, MachinalThe Winslow Boy, andThe End of the Rainbow, as well as an additional 14 Broadway productions. At Two River Theater, he has performed in Present Laughter and Much Ado About Nothing. He received an Obie Award for his performance as Hamlet at Classic Stage Company, where he starred in many other Shakespeare productions including Richard III, which he co-directed.

The company of Third includes Amy Hohn (Nancy), J.R. Horne (Jack Jameson), Annette O’Toole (Laurie Jameson), Christopher Sears (Woodson Bull III), and Emily Walton (Emily Jameson). 

Ticket Information

Ticket prices range from $37 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $20 tickets are available for every performance; $20 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $24 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from or 732.345.1400.

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