In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors are joined by Bay Street Theater Executive Director Tracy Mitchell and Express reporter Stephen J. Kotz to talk about a recently announced deal in which the theater has purchased the Water Street Shops in Sag Harbor for a new, permanent home for the theater.
Bay Street Theater will host “Master Class with Ben Vereen,” a one-day online acting class led by Ben Vereen, on Monday, November 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom. This is an exclusive opportunity to work with a Tony Award-winning master, and is available to just 12 students, whom Vereen will guide through the craft of character acting and interpretation.
All Hallows’ Eve will soon be upon us. While celebrating the season with a few well-placed frights is a time-honored tradition, since the start of 2020, there has perhaps been nothing scarier than this entire year itself, given the pandemic and the inability of those intrepid souls we typically rely on for entertainment to offer theatrical relief. Fortunately, Guild Hall has figured an ingenious work-around in these days of social distancing and this weekend, will present “Stage Fright,” four spine-chilling tales of the macabre woven in the moonlight.
To celebrate Halloween, Guild Hall is serving up two very different performances — one to bring smiles to its youngest audience members, and one to strike horror into the hearts of those bold enough to venture forth
Bay Street Theater’s Literature Live! program returns with an online theatrical production of Herman Melville’s American classic “Moby Dick.” This virtual production is adapted by Bay Street Theater director of education and community outreach Allen O’Reilly and directed by associate artistic director Will Pomerantz. The show screens at baystreet.org on Tuesday, November 17, at 8 p.m.
Kate Mueth’s non-profit theatrical organization, the Neo-Political Cowgirls, is presenting “Halloween Story Time From America’s Women” this weekend. The audio program can be accessed anytime between October 29 and midnight on October 31, and the Cowgirls are providing spine-tingles while also shining light on the challenging and brave stories of women.
Opera fans will be delighted to learn that Bay Street Theater is poised to present the virtual world premiere of the original biopic opera “Rival Queens” on Thursday, November 12, at 8 p.m. The one-hour performance, presented by Divaria Productions, tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I, and features music from Donizetti’s opera “Maria Stuarda” with English subtitles.
While Broadway theaters had hoped to be able to reopen their doors by March 2021, given how the pandemic continues to grow, that now seems like a pipe dream. Recently, The Broadway League announced that all Broadway performances are now canceled at least through May 30 of next year. In the meantime, look for those who work in theater to go about their business doing everything they usually do for their art — albeit it on Zoom.
Bay Street Theater will host an “On-Camera Audition Workshop for teens and adults with Meghan Rafferty,” on Saturday, November 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott.
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.