Bay Street Theater celebrates its 30th anniversary season this summer with “Come Together,” a showcase of live, indoor performances, outdoor musical concerts and experiential art installations.
The season will launch with a staged production in the theater of Mark St. Germain’s “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” starring Tovah Feldshuh; and will continue with “Wonder/Wall,” an immersive visual arts experience; and conclude with an outdoor concert production of “Camelot.” Ticket prices and information will be available soon through the Bay Street box office on Long Wharf, Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 631-725-9500 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It has been over a year since the pandemic forced Ba=’;-l0o9y Street to suspend live performances,” said Artistic Director Scott Schwartz. “It is with great anticipation and joy that we announce today that we will be back for our 30thanniversary, live and in-person, this summer. Focusing on two of the pillars of the work we do on our mainstage — new works and reinventions of treasured musicals — we will bring astonishing performances to the East End all summer long. We will offer our community a broad array of live work that all can enjoy and celebrate in a safe environment, whether indoors or under the stars, as we look toward a hopeful and bright future. I’m so excited for us to be together again for a thrilling summer of theater.”
“Becoming Dr. Ruth” opens Friday, June 4, and chronicles the life of noted psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, from her early years fleeing Nazi Germany, living as an orphan in Switzerland, to her service in the Israeli armed forces as sharpshooter, and her later life and career in New York. Tony and Emmy Award-nominee Tovah Feldshuh stars in this one-woman show, written by renowned playwright, Mark St. Germain. “Becoming Dr. Ruth” is a humorous and heartfelt portrait detailing Dr. Ruth’s remarkable journey against so many odds, to become a pioneer in the psychology of human sexuality and the world’s most famous sex therapist.
“Wonder/Wall,” a new immersive video performance series, will be on view July 6, through July 31. Conceived and curated by Bay Street’s artistic associate Josh Wilder, the installation will bring the work of four unique, cutting-edge video artists to Sag Harbor to share work commissioned by Bay Street Theater. Each new work will have a one-week in July, and each will include a live performance element, which will be performed within the immersive video world surrounding the audience. Performances will take place within Bay Street Theater’s courtyard, which will be converted into a newly envisioned outdoor performance space.
With book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, “Camelot” will open in an outdoor space close to the theater on August 5, and run through August 29. This new envisioning of the story of King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot is told with intimacy, immediacy, and incandescent passion. The musical explores one of the greatest romances of all time and paints a luminous picture of a fleeting moment when justice, peace, and righteousness reigned supreme. Love, loss, humor, and regret pour forth from the acclaimed score, which includes classic songs such as “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” and of course the title song, “Camelot.”