Bay Street Theater Teases 2019 Summer Mainstage Season

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Bay Street Theater is past New Year’s resolutions and onto its 2019 Mainstage Season — with two of its three productions already in place.

“With the world premiere of a searing new play directed by one of America’s leading theater artists and a visionary revival of a classic musical directed by a rising star, Bay Street will again offer our audiences productions that I know will be the talk of the East End all summer long,” according to Scott Schwartz, artistic director at the Sag Harbor theater. “Bay Street is a center for new work and bold revivals of classics, and 2019 promises to be one of our most exciting seasons yet!”

Opening May 28 is the world premiere of Alan Fox’s “Safe Space,” directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. Set at an elite university, the play explores political correctness and the reaction to triggers on campus in America today.

“When a star African-American professor faces accusations of racism from a student, the head of the college must intervene, setting off an explosive chain of events where each of them must navigate an ever-changing minefield of identity politics, ethics, and core beliefs,” a press release said.

Sarna Lapine

A newly envisioned musical production of Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” will close the season, from July 30 to August 25, with a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields under the direction of Sarna Lapine.

“Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ is one of the best-loved musicals of Broadway’s Golden Age,” the release said. “It tells the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and her tempestuous romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler.

“Acclaimed director Sarna Lapine will bring a fresh, modern approach to the story, incorporating elements from Dorothy Fields’ original book to create the strongest and most revolutionary Annie Oakley you’ve ever seen,” it continues. “This musical includes such beloved songs as ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘Anything You Can Do,’ and ‘I Got Sun in the Morning,’ which will be performed by a country western bluegrass band.”

The second production, which will run June 25 to July 21, will be announced soon. For more information, call (631) 725-9500 or visit baystreet.org.

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