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Two River Theater in Red Bank to present a new play 'Pinkolandia'

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Two River Theater Company continues its 2013/2014 Season with Pinkolandia, a new play written by Andrea Thome and directed by Jose Zayas. Performances will begin in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, on Saturday, February 22 and continue throughSunday, March 23. The opening night performance is Friday, February 28 at 8pm. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

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Pinkolandia was introduced to Red Bank audiences as a reading in Two River’s 2012 Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays, and is produced as part of Lark Play Development Center’s “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative” supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative partners also include 16th Street Theater in Chicago, INTAR Theatre in New York, and Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin. Andrea Thome and Jose Zayas have further developed the play since its first production (at INTAR); Two River’s production will run as a 90-minute play without an intermission.

Inspired by playwright Andrea Thome’s own family history, Pinkolandia tells the story of two young sisters and their parents (exiled from Chile in the aftermath of the 1973 coup) who have settled in the strange new land of Reagan-era Wisconsin. There, the girls create imaginary worlds to make sense of their family’s past, as their parents try to find their own place in the American Dream—knowing that sometimes, when you lose your country, you have to make your own.

“Through the story of these young girls, Beny and Gaby," says Artistic Director John Dias, “audiences are able to experience something that all of us—or perhaps our families, or our forefathers—have had to do: reconcile our lives in a new land with a sense of ‘home’ as a very different place in the past. This is part of the history of who we are as Americans. Andrea Thome has written a very personal, specific play about the story of one Latino family in America, but one that also captures the universal experience of growing up and staking claim to a new story."

The cast of Pinkolandia includes Varín Ayala (Dad/Kid 3), David Crommett (Tio Ignacio/Polar Bear/Mr. Pittman/Old Man), Maria Helan (Beny), Annie Henk (Mom/Kid 2), Andrea Morales (Gaby), and Gabriel Sloyer (Pepe/Kid 1/Nazi).

The creative team includes scenic designer Raul Abrego; costume designer Ásta Bennie Hostetter; lighting designer Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew; sound designer Jane Shaw; and projection designers Alex Koch, Kate Freer & Dave Tennent. The casting is by Zoe E. Rotter and the stage manager is Alison Hassman.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $65, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $24 and include the best available seats at every performance. Tickets are available from tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400.

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