A small company of costumed actors will read short tales of the macabre from the stage of the John Drew Backyard Theater, complimented by eerie sounds, mystifying lights, haunting projections plus some truly terrifying surprises.
Edgar Allan Poe is considered the undisputed master of 19th century American fear fiction. But in the course of his short life, the Baltimore-based writer, who died at age 40, suffered unimaginable tragedy and loss. All that misery and pain must have been a powerful driving force for Poe, who not only was an originator of the short story form as we know it, but was also the inventor of the horror genre. It turns out that in the midst of a 21st century pandemic, both those facets of Poe’s work make it ideal material for Zoom theater.
It seems only natural that the globally celebrated Iranian-born photographer and filmmaker Shirin Neshat — who has spent a lifetime revealing the injustices between classes and genders, mostly in Islamic societies — would eventually turn her iconic kohl-lined eyes toward the same discrepancies in her adopted home country, the United States.
On Saturday, October 17, at 8 p.m. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center will present a live-streamed telethon from its acclaimed Mainstage. “Here Come the '70s” will feature the music of rock band Square Feeet (sic) playing hits from the Eagles, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Styx, and more from the "Me Decade.”
The Grenning Gallery’s latest group show, “Compte Rendu,” which will be on view from Saturday, October 10, through November 8, references the 18th century French term for “Report to the King.” “Compte Rendu” was supposed to be an honest and clear report of what was actually happening in the kingdom and it was delivered directly to the king. So, in this show — offered during the month before the presidential election — the Grenning Gallery has curated a socially conscious exhibition of international artists, inspired by their individual responses to the current world crises.
Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce the premiere of “Awake at Night,” a virtual reading of modern takes on stories by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Bay Street’s associate artistic director Will Pomerantz, on Wednesday, October 21, at 8 p.m. at baystreet.org.
Bay Street Theater’s online workshop “Acting For The Camera with Don Stephenson,” is now open for registration. Sessions will be held online via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. starting October 13.
A handful of hilarious and talented performers are set to take part in a special theatrical event on October 25, at 8 p.m. that will stream as a virtual benefit for East Hampton’s Guild Hall. “A Totally Disrespectful Evening of Short Plays” by Joy Behar will feature the premiere of five short, comedic pieces performed by Behar, Lorraine Bracco, Dylan McDermott, Susie Essman, Bob Balaban and many others.
Bay Street Theater will host “The Teeming Autumn,” an outdoor performance and benefit dinner showcasing some of the most famous and beloved scenes, sonnets, and soliloquies of William Shakespeare, on Saturday, October 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the grounds of Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor.
What to do during a global pandemic? Former Guild Hall artist-in-residence and playwright/performer Dipti Bramhandkar offers varying viewpoints on that question in “A Land Without Weather,” which premieres in a virtual reading on Sunday, October 4, at 8 p.m.
The Hampton Theatre Company has announced that its production of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” which was tentatively scheduled to open at the Quogue Community Hall on September 24, has now been postponed until March 11, 2021.
Teaching artist Justin D. Harris has joined WHBPAC as its newest Arts Academy manager. Harris has been a teaching artist for the past several years, working on numerous productions and will be directing the Little Players, Elementary and Middle School After-School Musical Theater programs at WHBPAC this Fall.
West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Arts Academy is gearing up for a full slate of classes beginning in October. Offerings include adult classes as well as WHBPAC’s After School Music Theatre program, the lynchpin of the academy.
During the week of September 16, Hamptons Doc Fest is adding “A Ballerina’s Tale” to its hamptonsdocfest website. Directed by Nelson George, “A Ballerina’s Tale” (2015, 88 min.) was the Opening Night Film at the December 2015 doc festival at the Bay Street Theater. The highly-acclaimed documentary examines African American ballerina Misty Copeland’s prodigious rise, her potentially career-ending injury, and themes of race and body image in the classical ballet world.
Bay Street Theater’s fall schedule includes line up of classes and workshops for a range of ages that are now open for registration. Classes will be held online via Zoom or in-person in outdoor and socially-distanced settings, and vary from on-camera acting workshops, to musical theater reading clubs, to performances of Shakespeare.