Mercedes Ruehl to Lead ‘Safe Space’ Cast

Mercedes Ruehl

Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, “Safe Space” — the newest play from Alan Fox — will star Mercedes Ruehl, Sasha Diamond and Rodney Richardson, as part of the Bay Street Theater Mainstage season.

“We are thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for this new world premiere play,” Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater’s Artistic Director, said in a press release. “They are an extraordinary group of artists, and under the leadership of legendary director Jack O’Brien, I know they will deliver a searing performance that will wrestle with some of the most controversial issues in America today.”

Set at an elite university, “Safe Space” explores political correctness and the reaction to triggers on campus in America today. When a star African-American professor (Richardson) faces accusations of racism from a student (Diamond), the head of the college (Ruehl) must intervene, setting off an explosive chain of events in an ever-changing minefield of identity, politics, ethics and core beliefs.

The creative team includes four Tony Award winners — scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Jane Greenwood, lighting designer Bradley King and sound designer John Gromada — as well as projection designer Jeff Sugg, props designer Andrew Diaz, dialect coach Stephen Gabis, and production stage manager M. William Shiner.

“Safe Space” will stage from June 25 to July 21. For more information, call (631) 725-9500 or visit