Literary Landmark Award – 2021

Published On: September 16th, 2021

As with all organizations over this year, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible to plan for and hold new in-person programs. But with recent progress to contain the virus and new CDC recommendations, the New Jersey Center for the Book is excited to announce that it is celebrating its 20th year anniversary by presenting our Literary Landmark award to New Jersey’s Two River Theater on November 14, 2021 at 3pm at the Theater.

The Two River Theater, located in Red Bank NJ,  was founded by Joan and Robert Rechnitz in 1994 to provide a professional regional theater in Monmouth County. Since its founding Two River Theater has stayed close to its mission of creating great American theater by producing American and world masterpieces including plays and musicals, festivals for new works, and innovative arts education programs for young people. Cited by USA TODAY as one of the top 10 great regional theaters in the nation, the Theater has cultivated a new generation of theatergoers as well as contributing substantially to the cultural landscape of the local community and beyond. For more information visit:

Over the last 20 years the New Jersey Center for the Book has celebrated the diverse cultural contributions made by seven distinguished organizations and institutions throughout the state. In accepting this award, the Two River Theater joins such other recipients, such as the Newark Public Library, the Walt Whitman House, and the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.  The Center is pleased to award the designation of its eighth Literary Landmark to the Two River Theater for its exceptional contributions to the cultural landscape of New Jersey and beyond.