Lights, Camera, Action with Bay Street Theater

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.

Joy Behar, Bob Balaban, Dylan McDermott and Others to Head a Guild Hall Benefit

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.

‘The Teeming Autumn’ Brings Shakespeare to the Great Outdoors

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.

From The City To The Hamptons, “A Land Without Weather” Captures Life during COVID-19

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.

Hampton Theatre Company Postpones ‘Sylvia’

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.

New Manager for WHBPAC Arts Academy

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. 

WHBPAC Unveils Fall Arts Academy Classes

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.

‘A Ballerina’s Tale’ Joins DocFest Line Up

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 Offers Fall Classes and Workshops Online or at the Whaling Museum

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.

Be a Lifelong Learner

Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor will host a four-part Lifelong Learning Series, a free online seminar series sponsored by AARP Long Island, held as part of Bay Street’s online programming platform Bay Street To-Go.

Hamptons Dance Project Returns — Outdoors This Time

The Hamptons Dance Project (HDP), which made its debut at Guild Hall in August 2019, is back this year for its second season of innovative dance programming in East Hampton on August 29 and 30. This year’s performances will take place on Guild Hall's new outdoor stage for a safely-distanced audience of less than 50.

Music and Tap Workshops Offered by Bay Street

This weekend, Bay Street Theater is hosting two outdoor workshops live and in-person on the grounds of the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, 200 Main Street, Sag Harbor. “Musical Mornings!,” a singing workshop led by singer and cabaret artist Valerie diLorenzo, and “Tap Camp LIVE!," led by professional tap dancer Anita Boyer.

Neo-Political Cowgirls Boost Arts, Advocacy with Andromeda’s Sisters

Florencia Lozano has recently found herself questioning what she always took for granted: the books and articles she read, the plays and films she watched, the music and stories that moved her, the reality she assumed to be true. But as the world continues to shift through the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the dismantling of white supremacy — and, to a certain degree, the patriarchy — and the rebirth of the civil rights movement, she is choosing what she consumes in a new light. And with a new, heightened focus on women.

Backyard Theater at Guild Hall

Guild Hall is pleased to inaugurate the John Drew Backyard Theater (JDBT), a space in the Furman Garden that allows for socially-distanced outdoor performances. Recently, Guild Hall premiered its first shows: a performance by artist Katherine McMahon and musician Ray Angry, and a concert with Salieu Suso & World Music Collective. Throughout August and September, there will be a range of offerings — from intimate concerts to staged readings.

“Present Tense: Black Lives Matter(ed)”

“Africaville,” a powerful debut novel by Jeffrey Colvin, tells the story of the black experience in parts of Canada and the United States and offers insights into the outrage against racism and oppression that has sparked protests not only in America but around the world. On August 15 and 16, a series of events that offer a unique opportunity to experience many of these insights. “Present Tense: Black Lives Matter(ed)” is a weekend of theater, art, literature, history and activism education centered around Colvin’s novel. Co-hosted by Guild Hall in East Hampton, The Church in Sag Harbor, and the Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs.

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