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Jun 09, 2017

The Ballad of Little Jo at Two River Theater

The Ballad of Little Jo TRTC 6-17 025 The Ballad of Little Jo Two River Theatre Company 6/3/17 Music by Mike Reid Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger Book by Sarah Schlesinger, Mike Reid and John Dias Based on the film The Ballad of Little Jo by Maggie Greenwald Music Direction/Dance and Incidental Arrangements by John O'Neill Choreography by Marc Kimelman Directed by John Dias Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton Costume Design: Jess Goldstein Set Design: Michael Carnahan Wig Design: Leah J. Loukas Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography tcepix@comcast.net

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents The Ballad of Little Jo, a musical by Mike Reid (composer, co-bookwriter), Sarah Schlesinger (lyricist, co-bookwriter) and John Dias (co-bookwriter). Dias, the theater’s Artistic Director, is also making his Two River directorial debut with this production. The Ballad of Little Jo is based on the film of the same name by Maggie Greenwald. The choreography is by Marc Kimelman, with music direction and dance and incidental arrangements by John O’Neill.

The opening night performance is Friday, June 9 at 8pm. Performances will continue in Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, through Sunday, June 25. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

Set in the late 19th century, The Ballad of Little Jo is inspired by a real-life story of American optimism. Infused with a score that evokes the folk ballads of pioneer America, it tells the story of a woman named Josephine Monaghan. Originally from Boston, Josephine lived in a tough Idaho mining town for nearly 20 years, disguised as a man called “Jo.”

The cast of The Ballad of Little Jo includes Jane Bruce as Sara Stewart Ellis, Daniel K. Isaac as Tin Man Wong, Eric William Morris as Jordan Ellis, and Teal Wicks as Josephine Monaghan/Jo Monaghan.

Featured in the company are Cole Burden, Brian Flores, Leenya Rideout, Christopher M. Russo, Perry Sherman, Kristin Stokes, Ian Michael Stuart, and Barbara Tirrell.