Theater

Rasean Davonte Johnson’s ‘Shutdown, Crisis, Restart’ kicks off ‘Wonder/Wall’

This July, Bay Street Theater is trying something very new. Each week, a different video artist is taking over the courtyard for immersive art in a series called “Wonder/Wall.” Comprised of audio, projected visuals and some aspect of live performance, each show runs only 15 minutes, five times a night, for one week.

Filming ‘Fremont’s Farewell’ at LTV

In his one-man play, “Fremont’s Farewell,” author Shelby Raebeck tells the story of Ronald Fremont, a renegade high school English teacher at a posh Hamptons private school who is placed on probation for “breaking down the time-honored boundary between student and teacher.” On Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., “Fremont’s Farewell” will be filmed in front of a live studio audience at LTV for future broadcast on the public access station and other outlets.

A Night of Music, Ballet and Modern Dance in Westhampton Beach

On July 30 and 31, the Westhampton Beach Project brings a weekend of free dance and music performances to Westhampton Beach, showcasing both emerging talent from around the world and a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Artists’ Table Dinner Highlights Dance at the Watermill Center

On Friday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m., The Watermill Center will host an “Artists’ Table Dinner” with alum Catherine Galasso who will present an open rehearsal of “Get Dancing,” a piece featuring dancers Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal and Meg Weeks that will premiere later this month at Guild Hall.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Regroups and Reimagines Live Venues for 2021

Anyone who works in the arts will tell you that the worldwide pandemic made this past year unlike anything they have ever seen in their careers. For Julienne Penza-Boone, who was named executive director of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in early 2020, just weeks before COVID-19 shut down theaters for more than a year, figuring out how to schedule this year’s summer season for the 425-seat theater was nothing short of a balancing act.

The Bard Abridged in Herrick Park

Kate Mueth and the Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) in partnership with the Village of East Hampton and the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” by Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Adam Long from July 15 to July 25.

In Short, There’s Simply Not a more Congenial Spot

Tickets are on sale now for Bay Street Theater’s upcoming outdoor staged concert production of “Camelot,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The production opens Thursday, August 5, at a location in Bridgehampton to be announced soon.

‘Wonder/Wall’ Brings Immersive Theater to Bay Street

How many famous actors can you name off the top of your head? Probably a bunch. And directors? Maybe fewer, but still a good number. How about projection designers? Most people would be left scratching their heads at that one. That’s because in theater, actors tend to literally and figuratively take up most of the spotlight. But what about the person who programmed the lights in the first place?

Colin Quinn Gets Funny

Stand-up comedian Colin Quinn will take the stage of Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater in East Hampton on Thursday, July 1, for an 8 p.m. performance.

Tovah Feldshuh at Hampton Synagogue Author Discussion Series

On Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actress Tovah Feldshuh, who recently portrayed Dr. Ruth Westheimer in the one-woman play “Becoming Dr. Ruth” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, will read from and discuss her recent book “Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I’ve Played” as part of the Hampton Synagogue’s Author Discussion Series.

Arts Academy Ventures ‘Into The Woods’

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Arts Academy debuted its 2021 spring musical performance of “Into the Woods” over the weekend of  June 4 to 6. This Broadway classic that cleverly incorporates beloved fairy tales was a hit with audiences and garnered stellar reviews.

It’s Teeny Time

The Teenys are back! East End Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. (EEA) will present the 20201 Teeny Awards, hosted by radio host Gianna Volpe, on Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

‘Becoming Dr. Ruth’ At Bay Street Is ‘Terrific!’

Perseverance. It’s a powerful motivation and one that seems particularly poignant at this juncture in history, given the fact that the nation is emerging from a truly dark period marked by a global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Perseverance is also a useful term for describing one’s ability to overcome adversity and incalculable odds by surviving against all expectations, rising above perceived limitations and ultimately, changing the world for the better. And perseverance is exactly what’s on full display now in “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” Mark St. Germain’s wonderful one-woman play starring Tony- and Emmy-nominee Tovah Feldshuh.

A Willy Wonka Kind Of Weekend

On May 30 and 31, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Arts Academy performed Roald Dahl’s literary classic “Willy Wonka Jr.” at WHBPAC.

Andromeda’s Sisters’ Arts and Advocacy Gala is June 26

Neo-Political Cowgirls, an East End organization created in 2007 for women in theater to help increase the female voice in the narrative of society’s stories, will present its annual fundraiser, “Andromeda’s Sisters: An Arts and Advocacy Gala” on Saturday, June 26, at 5 p.m. at the Leiber Collection Museum in East Hampton. The event will also be livestreamed on Zoom.

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Montauk Film Festival Back for Second Year: Q&A with Founder

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