Joe Iconis, George Salazar, Teal Wicks and more join the Two River Theater event

Joe Iconis, George Salazar, Teal Wicks and more join the Two River Theater event

Theater enthusiasts are invited to join Two River Theater’s founder and events director, Joan Rechnitz on Saturday 21 May 2022 at the celebration of the launch of the ‘Dias/Hurst New Musical Fund’ honoring the outgoing directors of Two River Theatre John Dias, Artistic Director, and Michael Hurst, Managing Director.

The special evening includes a VIP cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by a showcase at 7:00 p.m. featuring selected songs from the past 11 years of exceptional music production during Dias and Hurst’s tenure at the Two River Theater. Featured performers include Joe Iconis (Be More Chill and Love in Hate Nation), Daniel K. Isaac (Ballad of Little Jo at Two River Theater, The Chinese Lady at the Public), Kelly McIntyre (Love in Hate Nation at Two River Theater), Eric William Morris (Be More Chill, Ballad of Little Jo and Songbird at Two River Theater, King Kong on Broadway), George Salazar (Be More Chill on Broadway and Two River Theater), Emerson Mae Smith (Love in Hate Nation at Two River) . Theater), Murphy Taylor Smith (Electric), Teal Wicks (Ballad of Little Jo at Two River Theater, The Cher Show on Broadway), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Be More Chill on Broadway) and Maria Wirries (Broadway Tour of Dear Evan Hansen) . The musical director is Eliza Randall, director John Simpkins and stage manager Megan Smith.

There will be a sponsored dinner and live roll call at 8:30 p.m. Funds raised during the call will benefit the Dias/Hurst New Musical Fund, which will enable Two River to commission exciting new music productions for many years to come.

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Joan Rechnitz, founder and events director of Two River Theatre, notes: “I am forever grateful to John Dias and Michael Hurst for their outstanding leadership of Two River Theater. For more than a decade they have left an indelible impact on our community and the national theater landscape – they have fulfilled Bob’s and my vision to create world-class theater at Red Bank. I am thrilled to celebrate her tenure with our devoted supporters and artists and to create the Dias/Hurst New Musical Fund in their honor.”

Named one of USA Today’s “10 Greatest Places in the Country to See a Play” in 2019, Two River Theatre, one of the area’s most prestigious non-profit regional theater companies, is dedicated to cultivating the theatrical classics of the future by producing world premiere productions and commissioned the most exciting contemporary theater talent to bring their work to the Two River Theatre’s two stages. The commissioning and development program expanded significantly under Dias and Hurst’s 11-year leadership, resulting in the success of world-premier musicals including Be More Chill, Love in Hate Nation, In This House, A Wind in the Willows Christmas and Pamela’s First Musical and more.

VIP and sponsor dinner tickets are sold out, but a limited number of $70 performance-only tickets are still available at or 732.345.1400. All proceeds benefit Two River’s numerous programs to develop exciting new works that expand the canon of world theater!


The safety of our guests, employees and artists is our top priority. Therefore, all viewers over the age of five must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering the theater. In addition, guests over the age of 18 must present government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Children under the age of five are currently not permitted.

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Spectators with an exemption must present a negative PCR test performed within 36 hours prior to the performance time or a negative antigen test performed within 6 hours prior to the performance time. No over-the-counter at-home test results will be accepted.

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