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originally published: 03/19/2022

(RED BANK, NJ) — Two River Theater presents the world premiere of The Men by playwright Tony Meneses until April 10. Directed by Annie Tippe, it is a play that examines the complexity, diversity and intimacy of male friendship through the lens of macho culture, The Men was co-commissioned by Two River Theater and the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the New Jersey Theater Alliance. The cast includes Victor Cruz (Pedro), Noah Gaynor (Miles), Eddie Gutierrez (Julián), Gerardo Rodriguez (Héctor) and Jon Rua (Beto).

This new piece by Tony Meneses is a fresh and nuanced look at the complexity and intimacy of male friendship. Set in New Jersey (“somewhere off the NJ Transit line”), the play follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga instructor, as he clashes with straight and macho Latino construction workers outside his studio, in particularly the older team leader, Héctor, who expects something from Julián that he did not expect.

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According to artistic director John Dias, “I love the courage and vulnerability of Tony Meneses, who always manages to face common fears and desperate desires in our quest for human connection. In this play, it’s the mask of machismo and the real, frightening danger of being found out that keep these men from the honesty and intimacy they crave.

Tony Meneses is the author of The women of Padilla and Guadalupe in the guest room, both of which had their world premiere at Two River. His thriller twenty50 recently had its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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Single tickets are on sale at tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400. Prices range from $50 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. A limited number of $25 tickets are available for each performance; $25 tickets can be a partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $25 and include the best seats available at each performance.

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Two Rivers Theater is located at 21 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, New Jersey. Two River Theater produces a theatrical season that includes American and world classics, new plays and musicals, youth programs and festivals of new works. Each year, we also offer over 40 events that reflect our diverse Red Bank, New Jersey community. Two River produces works on two stages: the 350-seat Rechnitz Theater and the flexible 110-seat Marion Huber Theater. The newly opened Center for New Work, Education and Theater Design is a three-story facility that includes two rehearsal studios, artist labs, classrooms, expanded stores and offices located In the center.

Two River Theater has commissioned and created original projects including be cooler by Tony Award nominee Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz (the theater’s first production on Broadway) and Hurricane Diana by playwright-in-residence Madeleine George (who won an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway tour). In June 2019, Two River was recognized nationally by USA TODAY as one of the “Top 10 Places to See a Play” across the United States. Region. Two River Theater is led by Artistic Director John Dias and General Manager Michael Hurst.

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All photos by T. Charles Erickson

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