The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, located in the Two River Theater in Red Bank, was designed by set designer Neil Prince. The library houses a trove of theater and art books, which were acquired with the money raised in honor of Jacqueline K. Aronson, Two River benefactor and patron of the arts. A collection of scripts and plays produced at the Two River Theater is also stored in the library.
As a nod to Two River’s founders Joan and Dr. Robert M. Rechnitz, former professor of literature at Monmouth University, the décor for this holiday Board of Trustees meeting is constructed of pages from scripts written by great playwrights William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller and Oscar Wilde.
On each table, snowmen built of Oscar Wilde’s quotes rest upon paper garland runners. The mantle of the gas fireplace is adorned with blue and silver poinsettias whose leaves are taken from the books surrounding them. Classic holiday baubles and teardrops embellish the built-in wooden bookshelves filled with pages from the famous scripts that live in entirety behind them. Above the fireplace hangs a banner that appropriately quotes Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors: “Small cheer and great welcome make a merry feast.”
Designer Katie Benson suggests, “If there is no theme for an event, turn the company/client into the theme. Find out what sets them apart from other organizations and build from there. Don’t limit your decorations to just the table. Add touches throughout the room to bring the theme to life. Transform the space to create an atmosphere people will enjoy.