Monday, April 13, 2015

Next at Two River Theater world premiere of ‘Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine’

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Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced special Inside Two River events for its production of Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, a world premiere written and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Featured in the cast are Brandon J. Dirden (Zeke), Andrew Hovelson (Randall), Merritt Janson (Judith), Roslyn Ruff (Janeece), and Charles Weldon (Zebedee).

The production will run through May 3, 2015, with the opening night on April 17, 2015. Single tickets starting at $20 are now available from 732.345.1400 or Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine is sponsored by lead sponsor WBGO Jazz 88.3FM and

In Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, an Upper West Side dinner party invitation brings an unlikely group together, spawning a passionate and explosive debate on America's relationship to race. Inspired by the play’s themes, Two River will present special events that look at America’s history and draw the conversation into the present.

Special Exhibit: The Gene Alexander Peters Collection of Rare & Historic African American Artifacts

Thursday, April 23 from 6-8pm with a special lecture from 7:15-7:45pm

Two River will exhibit select artifacts from the Gene Alexander Peters Collection of Rare & Historic African American Artifacts in the theater’s Lobby on Thursday, April 23 from 6-8pm. Peters will speak about the collection from 7:15-7:45pm and will be available to answer questions. The exhibit chronicles five critical periods for African Americans within the history of America: slavery; segregation & “Jim Crow;” the Civil Rights Era; the Black Power/Black Student Movement; and the Black Panther Party.

Gene Alexander Peters is a cultural history consultant and collector of rare African American artifacts. His collection has been exhibited nationally at numerous landmark educational institutions and museums, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY and the Smithsonian Museum-Anacostia in Washington, DC.  For additional information, please visit his website at: WWW.SLAVEHISTORY.ORG.

Nosotros: A Day at the Theater

Spanish-captioned Performance of Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine

Sunday, April 26 from 2:30-4:45pm

As part of Two River Theater’s ongoing Nosotros series, which makes theater accessible to Latino audiences, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine will be translated into Spanish via a screen visible to the audience. While the adults in the family watch the play, their children and grandchildren will enjoy stories, theater games, and snacks in the theater lobby under the supervision of bilingual teaching artists and babysitters. These family-friendly events will take place between the hours of 2:30 and 4:45pm. Tickets for this performance are $10; patrons should use the code “Spanish captions” when booking.

Special Panel Discussion with Mayor Ed Johnson, Governor James McGreevey and

Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Sunday, April 26 from 4:45-6pm

Following the 3pm matinee performance on Sunday, April 26, Two River will present a special discussion about creating social change with Two River Artistic Director John Dias, playwright and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and two special guests: Ed Johnson, who served the City of Asbury Park from 1998-2013 as Mayor, City Councilman and Chairman of the Urban Enterprise Zone, and former governor of New Jersey James McGreevey. Johnson is a Visiting Scholar & Lecturer in Political Science at Rutgers University and Brookdale Community College. McGreevey currently serves as executive director of the Jersey City Employment and Training Commission; through his work with the commission and other volunteer activities, McGreevey spearheads re-integration programs for former prisoners who are seeking rehabilitation.

Inside Two River is sponsored by The William T. Morris Foundation. Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a division within the Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Monmouth University, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Durso Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley, Investors Bank, Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Brookdale Community College, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, William T. Morris Foundation, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, , and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.

redb7 Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, creates great American theater performed by award-winning artists. We produce American and world masterpieces, and new plays and musicals. Two River Theater offers new-play commissions and artistic development activities that support the most adventurous artists in the American theater; invites its audience to be part of the creative process through readings and open rehearsals; and cultivates students and young people to participate in innovative arts-education programs and become a new generation of theatergoers. Founded in 1994 by Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, Two River Theater is easily accessible by car, train, or bus, with great restaurants and shopping within walking distance of the theater. For more information, visit or call 732.345.1400.

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