Sag Harbor, NY - January 23, 2015 - Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the three 2015 Mainstage Summer Season productions. The season begins on May 26 and runs through August 30. Subscriptions are available by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online.
The Mainstage season begins with the World Premiere of THE NEW SINCERITY/ A New Comedy by Alena Smith, directed by Bob Balaban. The production will run from May 26-June 14. In today’s world, balancing politics, love and the quest for success (along with one’s social media presence) can get complicated. When her ambitious literary circle gets involved with a rowdy Occupy-style movement, young journalist Rose Spencer finds herself in a love triangle where it’s hard to tell the difference between sincere action and skillful self-promotion. Alena Smith offers a smart and savvy portrait of a rising generation in her new comedy.
The second Mainstage production is OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY/ A Drama by Jerry Sterner, directed by Lonny Price and starring Jason Alexander. The production runs from June 23-July 26. It’s the good ‘bad old days’ of 1987, the later Reagan years, when all was fair in love and business. Lawrence Garfinkle is an expert at buying up undervalued companies and liquidating them for a profit, and he’s the kind of guy you love to hate. But will he win in his newest attempt at domination when he comes up against a surprising adversary, the brilliant and beautiful lawyer Kate Sullivan? Suspenseful and funny, this greed-filled drama is as timely and titillating today as it was when it first premiered.
The Mainstage Season culminates with GREY GARDENS/ A Musical, with music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Wilson. The production runs August 4 – 30. Based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, the musical tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Set in 1941 and 1973 at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memory and cats.
“I am thrilled to announce the full summer Mainstage season at Bay Street,” says Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. “These three works are portraits of America, explorations of our need for social and financial success. They are stories about how love factors into this need, and struggles with it. They are visions of different eras in our country, but all speak to today through the times in which they’re set. We are proud to offer our audience a world premiere as part of the season, continuing our commitment to making Bay Street a center for new works for the theater. And we are delighted to welcome the distinguished and dazzling artists Jason Alexander, Bob Balaban, Lonny Price, Alena Smith, and Michael Wilson to our stage.”
The 2015 Mainstage Season is sponsored in part by New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; the New York State Council on The Arts, a State Agency; Town of Southampton; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Shubert Foundation; and fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office. Additional support for the musical comes from Adrianne and Jerry Cohen. Preview weeks for all three productions are sponsored by Peconic Landing. Support for new work comes from The Scott Schwartz New Development Fund and the Joseph Stein New Musical Fund.
To purchase a 2015 Mainstage Season subscription, log online or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm. For more information about Bay Street Theater visit the website.
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center which endeavors to innovate, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. We serve as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, and a home for a community of artists.
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