Bits & Banter: ‘The Prompter in Rehearsal, Fantasy at Sara Nightingale, LongHouse Open for Families

A scene from "The Prompter."

‘The Prompter’ Now in Rehearsal with Tovah Feldshuh and Wade Dooley

When Bay Street Theater begins Mainstage rehearsals, the summer season is officially upon us — even if the cast and creative team of “The Prompter” are still in Manhattan.

Gearing up for the world premiere from afar are stars Tovah Feldshuh and Wade Dooley, doubling as the playwright who debuted the comedy as part of last year’s “Title Wave @ Bay Street: The Fifth Annual New Works Festival,” according to director Scott Schwartz.

“This play was a big hit at last year’s festival, and due to popular demand we are thrilled to now offer our audience the world premiere production of this delightful new comedy about the making of a Broadway show,” Schwartz said in a press release. “I first worked with Tovah on ‘Golda’s Balcony,’ which became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history, and I am thrilled to be reunited with her and to continue my journey with Wade as we bring ‘The Prompter to life’ this summer.”

Running from May 28 to June 16, the new comedy follows veteran actress Irene Young, portrayed by Feldshuh, who returns to the Broadway stage after a 40-year absence — and she can’t do it alone. Enter Wade, acted by Dooley, to be her prompter.

But this isn’t her story. It’s his.

“Based on real events, ‘The Prompter’ is a funny, heartfelt, untold, behind-the-scenes look at Broadway through the eyes of a young dreamer,” a press release said.

The creative team includes set designer Kevin Depinet, lighting designer Mike Billings, costume designer Tracy Christensen, sound designer Jon Weston, J. Jared Janas on wig, hair and makeup design, Andrew Diaz on props design, stage manager Denise Yaney, and casting by Binder Casting.

A “Pay What You Can” performance, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, will stage on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., and tickets are limited. Free student Sunday matinees will be held on June 2, 9 and 16, and special performances will include Peconic Landing night on May 30, AARP Long Island night on June 11, and “Talkback Tuesdays” with several cast members on June 4 and 11.

For more information, call (631) 725-9500 or visit

LongHouse Opens Gardens for Family Day

LongHouse Reserve is starting to bloom — and open to the public for the fifth annual Family Day on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 16-acre sculpture museum and garden, located at 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton.

Play in the gardens with family and friends, with activities for all ages. Bilingual tours begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a visit with Dell Cullum at 11 a.m. and the premiere of the “2019 Hand in Hand” at 12 p.m.

Gian Carlo Feleppa will host “Sound” at 12:30 p.m., and Cullum will stick around for a photography workshop starting at 1 p.m. A LongHouse docent will lead a tour of the art in the gardens at 2 p.m., and horticulturist Holger Winenga will discuss the gardens themselves at 3 p.m.

“LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms,” according to a press release. “Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life.”

Admission is free. For more information, call (631) 329-3568 or visit

“Last Night’s Insomnia” by Suzanne Unrein.

Unrein Slips Into Art and Fantasy at Sara Nightingale

Suzanne Unrein has been in the mouth of an alligator. She has hovered with a koala bear and has been pinned by a lion — peacefully inching toward the edge of violence.

She has traveled to Borneo seeking orangutans and, one time in Bali, a pair of macaque monkeys used her a jungle gym, peering into her eyes to remind her that they are connected. These encounters — some imagined, others inexplicably real —feel the same as when she is painting, she said.

“I’m hyper-alert, ecstatic, curious and wanting,” the artist said in a statement. “Wanting to dive into the painting, connect with the animal, connect to my animal self. The experiences contribute to the paintings as if in a ritualistic dance. The intensified action heightens the color. The rhythm of the natural world moves the brush with aggressive, fleeting, methodical and fluid strokes.”

Each encounter has contributed to her vibrant worlds, on view in “Slip,” opening Saturday, May 11, during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor.

“The drawings for ‘Slip’ began at Unrein’s art residency in Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain, in August of 2018 and have continued with her return to New York City,” a press release said. “In the drawings, Unrein moves away from the exuberant brushstrokes and vibrant color of the paintings. She calms down the motion and simplifies the palette to concentrate on the more psychological aspects of the work. Two large paintings inspired by the drawings will also be exhibited.”

The show will remain on view through June 3. For more information, call (631) 793-2256 or visit

Rosé and Pork Dinner: A Team Effort

What happens when three Bridgehampton mainstays — Almond, Fairview Farms and Channing Daughters Winery — join forces?

Find out on Thursday, May 16, at the Rosé and Pork dinner.

Featuring a bevy of local producers — Amber Waves Farm, Quail Hill Farm, Mecox Bay Dairy, Good Water Farms and Marilee Foster — the menu will feature pork from a Berkshire hog, raised especially for Almond at Fairview Farms in Mecox, paired with Channing Daughters rosé wines, just in time for summer.

Don’t arrive late and miss hors d’oeuvres, which will include ‘Nduja Toast with pickled green strawberry and coriander blossom, and Cheetos-flavored chicharrones, served with Channing Daughters Winery 2017 Rosato Cabernet Sauvignon Petillant Naturel.

The meal begins with warm ham and sweet potato cured bacon with nine pickles from five peeps, paired with Channing Daughters Winery 2018 Rosato di Refosco, followed by asparagus a la plancha with melted lardo and preserved lemon, complimented by Channing Daughters Winery 2018 Rosato di Cabernet Franc.

The third course will spotlight Cappellacci dei Briganti with meatballs, peas and shaved cheese, featuring Channing Daughters Winery 2018 Rosato di Syrah, before the main event: 28-day aged rib roast adobo with radishes, black bean miso and sun chokes, served with Channing Daughters Winery 2018 Rosato di Sculpture Garden and 2010 Sculpture Garden (red) in magnum.

Dessert — raw milk ricotta cheese cake with pork fat graham cracker crust and rhubarb compote — will round out the meal, paired with Channing Daughters Winery VerVino Variation Three.

The five-course meal begins at 7 p.m. and will cost $79 per person. Reservations are required. For more information, call (631) 537-5665 or visit

Sybarite5 Brings Billboard Hits to Montauk

Billboard-topping Sybarite5 is turning heads with its string quintet. From the moment their bows hit the strings, they redefine all the rules.

On Saturday afternoon, they will borderline break them.

Kicking off Music for Montauk’s fifth season, the ensemble will perform their newest program, “Endeavor,” featuring an eclectic mix of recent commissions from composers Jessica Meyer, Brandon Ridenour, Steven Snowden, Mike Block and 2018 Pulitzer finalist Michael Gilbertson — joining the ranks of Aleksandra Vrebalov, Pete Seeger, and even the soulful side of John Coltrane.

Comprised of violinists Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violist Angela Pickett, cellist Laura Metcalf, and Louis Levitt on bass, they were recently dubbed “the millennial Kronos.”

“We are thrilled to have the astonishing Sybarite5 perform in Montauk,” Music for Montauk co-director Lilah Gosman said in a press release, adding, “They are completely emblematic of our fresh and dynamic approach to classical music.”

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. at the Montauk School auditorium, located at 50 South Dorset Drive, and a reception will follow from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Gosman’s Restaurant, located at 500 West Lake Drive in Montauk. Tickets are $35, or $40 at the door, and concert admission is free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Music for Montauk.

For more information, visit

‘Eleanor’ Launches at LTV

Frazer Dougherty is an East End legend. She piloted the first flying car and founded LTV in 1983 — returning almost 40 years later on Saturday, May 11, with “Eleanor.”

One part tribute, one part roundtable and one part creative workshop, “Eleanor” is day-long, multi-generational experience and social opportunity revolving around two questions: “How can we embody the spirit of what Eleanor Roosevelt stood for” and “What can we do to create a better world?”

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a song tribute, followed by a discussion with Blanche W. Cook, author of a three-volume biography about Eleanor Roosevelt, and several roundtables on economic, gender and racial equality, peace, environmental stewardship, and LGBTQ rights.

“We will take that inspiration into afternoon creative workshops — creating art, objects and/or performances filled with Eleanor’s inspiration,” according to a press release. “We will end with a cocktail hour and learning the dances that Eleanor loved.”

The event celebrates the launch of the “Eleanor” non-profit arm, an organization that will tell Roosevelt’s story to onsite and online audiences through the creation and distribution of education programs, live experiences and video content.

The live “Eleanor” event is appropriate for adults and high school students. For more information, call (845) 559-8828.

North Fork TV Festival Hosts First-Ever Science and Tech Television Script Contest

The North Fork TV Festival has announced the inaugural Alfred P. Sloan Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create more realistic and compelling stories about science and technology — and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the launch of this year’s Science + Tech Pilot Script Competition,” North Fork TV Festival founder Noah Doyle said in a statement. “Our festival is dedicated to discovering and fostering new and emerging artists. We are excited to view the submissions and facilitate the growth of rising creators.”

Through Friday, May 27, writers can submit pilot scripts for a television series rooted in science and technology, though they cannot include science fiction or fantasy, and must be between 15 and 48 pages.

Then, a panel of independent judges — from television professionals to noted scientists — will select a script for award-winning director Elias Plagianos to turn into a pilot, in collaboration with the creators, before it premieres during this year’s festival, from October 4 to 5 at the Greenport Theatre.

“We are delighted to partner with the North Fork TV Festival to support the most talented writers who integrate science and technology themes or characters into episodic storytelling, “ Doron Weber, vice president and program director at the Sloan Foundation. “From ‘CSI’ to ‘Silicon Valley,’ from ‘Numb3rs’ to ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ —and from drama to comedy and every genre in between — science and technology offer a goldmine for the golden age of television writing.”

To submit a script or for more information, visit

‘Little Women’ Marks First Musical for South Fork Performing Arts

South Fork Performing Arts has a big weekend ahead — one that marks their debut musical, “Little Women,” staging Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. at the Southampton Cultural Center, located at 25 Pond Lane.

“Finding pearls within the story, script, and musical lyrics has been one of the best parts of rehearsals,” director Tamara Salkin said. “The student actors are doing deep character analysis so that they are portraying true emotions on stage in order to most effectively convey the story. They are deciding what their characters are feeling and how that feeling effects their movements, their intonation in the dialogue, the way they interact with their scene partners and the audience.”

Representing three school districts, the cast ranges from eighth graders to seniors, including Yanni Bitis, Nora Conlon, Gaylin Davey, Graham DiLorenzo, Emily Glass, Hope Hamilton, Silas Jones, Madeline Kane, Lola Lama, Anna Francesca Schiavoni and Thomas John Schiavoni Jr.

For more information, visit

Artful Home Care Confronts Aging, Head On

Artful Home Care wants to talk quality of life while aging on the East End — and the topics are endless.

That’s why the private in-home care company has organized a series of lectures with local healthcare, healing, wellness and creative professionals, kicking off Saturday, May 11, with panelists Linda Ford Blaikie, Gary Wayne Osbourne, Gail Baranello, Bob Schwarz, Nicole MacCallum, and Zoe Kamitses.

“Do you wonder how you can maintain your wellbeing as you enter elderhood?” a press release inquired. “Have you found yourself feeling socially isolated? Do you question whether or not you or a loved one could benefit from some in-home support? Do you want to know what the community is doing to help improve quality of life for East End residents?”

Help start the dialogue from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane. A Q&A session will follow. Admission is free. For more information, visit