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"BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION" AN OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY

Written by Long Island  |  26. June 2011

For Immediate Release: "BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION" AN OUTRAGEOUS COMEDY PREVIEWS BEGIN JULY 5 AT BAY STREET THEATRE (Sag Harbor, NY) - Bay Street Theatre is pleased to announce BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION, by Christopher Durang; directed by Trip Cullman will be the second Mainstage Production for 2011 running July 5-31. This outrageous comedy is about a youngwoman who spends the summer at the beach, in a house share that spins wildly out of control. "Since seeing and loving BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION at Playwrights Horizon, years ago," says Murphy Davis, Artistic Director, "we've always wanted to produce this play at Bay Street." "Due to the incredible response from our audience for other over-the-top comedies such as ROMANCE, DINNER, and BEYOND THERAPY," says Sybil Christopher, Artistic Director, "we knew it was time to present one of Durang's most outrageous comedies." Betty's idea of a summer vacation is blown to bits when her house mates begin to file in. One after another, each inhabitant of the house share begins to show their true colors which are simply "psycho-delic." This will be a summer Betty will never forget. "Before the Simpsons were the Simpsons. Before South Park was South Park; there was Playwright Christopher Durang," says Murphy. Durang's credits include BEYOND THERAPY which was part of the 2008 Mainstage Season at Bay Street Theatre, THE MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO, A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FILM (Tony nomination), SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU, BABY WITH THE BATHWATER, LAUGHING WILD, MRS. BOB CRATCHIT'S CHRISTMAS BINGE and MISS WITHERSPOON. He appeared with Sigourney Weaver in their co-authored DAS LUSITANIA SONGSPIEL and with Julie Andrews in the Stephen Soundheim review of PUTTING IT TOGETHER. He co-chairs the Playwriting Program at The Juilliard School, with Marsha Norman, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council. At the helm of Bay Street's production is director Trip Cullman, whose credits include Broadway's TAKE ME OUT (Associate Director) and Off Broadway directing of: A SMALL FIRE, THE DRUNKEN CITY, SOME MEN, THE WOODEN BREEKS, DOG SEES GOD, MANIC FLIGHT REACTION, SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS, ROULETTE, LAST SUNDAY IN JUNE. For television, he was part of the set team for the mini-series, ANGELS IN AMERICA. The Actors' Equity cast includes John Behlmann whose credits include JOURNEY'S END on Broadway and THE 39 STEPS (New World Stages). Veanne Cox was last seen at Bay Street Theatre in THE BOY FRIEND, directed by Julie Andrews. Her Broadway credits include LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and COMPANY (Tony Award Nomination). Tom Riis Farrell's Broadway credits include CHICAGO and CORAM BOY. Tim Intravia's credits include OSWALD and TONY N TINA'S WEDDING. Celia Keenan-Bolger's Broadway credits include THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Tony Award Nomination) and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Heidi Schreck plays the role of Betty. Her credits include: THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (The Roundabout Theatre) and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizon). Bobby Steggert's Broadway credits include; RAGTIME (Tony nomination) and 110 IN THE SHADE. Also in the production are non-equity actors Jacob Hoffman whose credits include NIGHTTIME TRAFFIC and I'LL BE DAMNED and Kate O'Phalen who has been in WICKED:FOR GOOD and THE HANGED MAN. Previews for BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION BEGIN Tuesday, July 5. Opening night is Saturday, July 9. Tuesday - Saturday evening performances at 8 pm. Sunday night performance is at 7 pm. The talkback with the cast after the show is Tuesday, July 12. 2 pm matinees are on Wednesdays July 13, 20 and 27. 4 pm Saturday matinees are July 16 and 23. Tuesday, July 5 is WBAZ night as well as "Pay What You Can" night. Tickets for "Pay What You Can" are available after 2 pm at the Box Office. Also listen to WBAZ for free ticket giveaways from now until July 5. They are not available by phone or internet. Thursday, July 7 is Hamptons.com night. "We're bringing back the first preview as "Pay What You Can" to offer the community the opportunity to see live professional theatre at a price they can afford," says Tracy Mitchell, Executive Director. On Sunday, July 10 from 4 -5 pm, meet the cast of BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION at the ArtHamptons VIP Lounge at 154 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. In addition to meeting the cast, enjoy cool drinks and hot art with the opportunity to bid on a signed John Chamberlain print with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Bay Street Theatre. John Chamberlain is internationally known for impacting the many generations of artistic movements, including Minimalism and Pop Art. His sculpture and paintings are shown throughout the world. He is famous for creating vibrantly colored, dynamic sculptures from crushed, twisted and bent automobile parts. He was a pioneering force through his use of found materials and diverse colors. He was inspired by the scale, color and impulsive creation of Abstract Expressionist work. He currently has work being shown at the Whitney Museum in NYC. Tickets to see BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION are available at the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org. The Box Office is open Monday-Saturday 11 am - showtime; Sunday 3 pm - 7 pm. One-Day Passes to ArtHamptons are complimentary by visiting www.arthamptons.com/BayStreetTheatre. Bring your ticket to the ArtHamptons VIP Lounge for entry. Bay Street Theatre is a not-for-profit regional theater presenting new, classic and contemporary works, with a commitment to challenging and entertaining our diverse community. This commitment extends to innovative educational programs that highlight the power of live theater. It is our mission to be an artistic haven for an extended family of artists and audience, while continuing to provide a gathering place to share in the unique collective theatrical experience.

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