As an art form, theater’s mission has historically been to shine a light on real-world issues and conflicts facing the wider population. But when it comes to addressing the true-to-life concerns and realities facing minority populations, how good a job does theater do? Issues surrounding race relations in this country have certainly been the subject of past theatrical productions. But exactly who are these productions geared toward? Could the industry, as a whole, do better? A lot of people think it could.
Bay Street Theater, in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society and the Southampton African American Museum, will host the online world premiere of “In Case You Hadn’t Heard: A Conversation Between America’s Past And Its Promise,” a provocative view of race in America, on Monday, February 22, at 8 p.m.
Bay Street Theater has, once again, been named a finalist for the Claire Friedlander Arts & Culture Award as part of the ninth annual Long Island Imagine Awards. This is Bay Street’s third time as a finalist in this category and the theater won the award three years ago.
Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company have taken up residency at The Church in Sag Harbor for two weeks and will be working there through February 21.
Bay Street Theater will host its 30th anniversary Season Kick-Off Benefit on Wednesday, February 24, at 6 p.m. The evening will be presented live, online via Zoom, and will begin with an introduction from Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz, who will introduce exciting new plans for the upcoming season. Schwartz will then hand it over to Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s master winemaker, Roman Roth, who will lead a wine tasting of three Wölffer wines, all included and sent directly to attendees’ homes.
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. On January 30, at 6 p.m., viewers can livestream a fully staged production of the musical from the Teen Theatre Troupe at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.
Are your kids funny? Now’s their chance to shine as Southampton Cultural Center (SCC) offers a second season of New York Hysterical Society’s comedy classes for kids ages 10 to 16.
Bay Street Theater is currently registering students for a five-day online vacation camp “My Life The Musical!” with Bethany Dellapolla. The class will begin Monday, February 15, and will continue through Friday, February 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon each day. The class is open to kids ages 7 to 12.
As multi-dimensional members of the art ecosystem, artists Eric Fischl of The Church, Stephen Petronio of The Petronio Residency Center and Emily Simoness of SPACE on Ryder Farm, have all elaborated on or transformed their original artistic careers to include community building. In a Zoom event on Sunday, January 24, at 8 p.m. the three take part in “Art As Ecosystem” sponsored by Guild Hall.
Friends of Bay Street, the group formed to build Bay Street Theater a new home, has hired Stephen Hamilton as its new director of external affairs. Hamilton comes to this position with many years as a successful arts administrator, as well as being one of the original co-founders of Bay Street Theater itself. Most recently, he served as the acting executive director of the Sag Harbor Cinema.
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host the return of Joseph Vecsey and All Star Comedy on Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m. at baystreet.org. This online comedy showcase marks All Star Comedy’s 11th season with Bay Street, and the first time that stand-up will be performed at the theater since the space was closed in March 2020.
Bay Street Theater’s catalogue of virtual performances and productions is now available for on-demand streaming at baystreet.org. Tickets are on sale for recent productions including the “Season For Joy” holiday concert with Melissa Errico, “A Christmas Carol” starring Jefferson Mays, the “Christmastime Is Here” holiday concert with Norm Lewis, and the Literature Live! adaptation of “Moby Dick.” Bay Street’s on-demand rentals are good for a 24-hour period.
Bay Street Theater will host an eight-part online Master Class in acting led by Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen starting Monday, January 25, via Zoom. This is an opportunity to work with a Tony Award-winning performer who will guide participants through monologue and song preparation.
The Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) is offering several workshops for girls and women in the first month of 2021.
In 2019, Bay Street Theater began discussions with the nonprofit to start a new relationship that would expand opportunities for the actors, and make Bay Street their home base.