Bay Street Theater Announces 2014 LGBT Mainstage Evenings

Conviction, a modern drama with LGBT reception Saturday June 7, 7 pm
Conviction, a modern drama with LGBT reception Saturday June 7, 7 pm
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced three special nights for the LGBT community to enjoy a complimentary reception prior to the three Mainstage performances on June 7, July 19, and August 9. The bar will also be open to purchase drinks. The receptions are all at 7 pm. and are open to all ticket holders.

The Mainstage season begins with the World Premiere of Conviction, a modern drama, which will run from now through June 15. The LGBT night will be held on Saturday, June 7. The play is written by Carey Crim and will be directed by Scott Schwartz. It will be produced in association with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Rubicon Theatre Company and Dead Posh Productions.

The cast includes Garret Dillahunt  (Raising Hope, 12 Years a Slave); Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, 12 Years a Slave); Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight films, Second Stage’s revival of How I Learned to Drive); Brian Hutchison (Man and Boy, Looped); and Daniel Burns (Twelfth Night, Shipwrecked!)

Conviction tells the story of Tom Hodges, a charismatic, confident and caring teacher that students adore and parents admire. The smart, wise-cracking colleague with all the answers. The neighbor who takes care of the neighborhood. The perfect husband and father. But when a student accuses Tom of crossing a line, everything changes. This new family drama digs beneath the surface of a happy suburban existence to explore the damage done when seeds of mistrust are planted. It asks the question -- How can we live with conviction when some questions cannot be answered? 

For the second production, Richard Kind returns to Bay Street Theatre in Travesties, a Tony award winning comedy, which runs June 24-July 20. The LGBT reception will be held on Saturday, July 19. This Tom Stoppard classic will be directed by Gregory Boyd.

Set in 1917 and 1974 in Zurich, Switzerland, the play fantasizes how a British consul named Henry Carr (Richard Kind) encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th century, including James Joyce, Tristan Tzara, and Lenin, through an amateur production of The Importance of Being Earnest

The cast also includes Carson Elrod (Person of Interest and Peter and the Starcatcher), Michael Benz (The Tempest and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead), Aloysius Gigl, Julia Motyka (Off Broadway: We Got Issues,The Last Starfighter: the Musical; and Golden Ladder), and Emily Trask (Twelfth Night, and The Gaming Table).

The season culminates with the world premiere of My Life is a Musical, which runs July 29-August 31. The LGBT reception will be held on Saturday, August 9. The musical has book, music and lyrics by Adam Overett, music direction by Vadim Feichtner, and will be directed and choreographed by Marlo Hunter. Presented in association with Martin Platt, David Elliott, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, and Patrick Blake.

My Life is a Musical is about Parker, who isn't like anyone else. When Parker wakes up in the morning and leaves his apartment, he hears people singing, he sees people dancing - and no other person on earth knows this is happening. Because Parker's life is a musical. And Parker hates musicals.

Tickets cost $53.75 to $75.00. To purchase tickets log on to www.baystreet.org or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 everyday 11 am – showtime. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to www.baystreet.org

The 2014 Mainstage Season is sponsored in part by New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; the New York State Council on The Arts, a State Agency; Town of Southampton; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Shubert Foundation; and fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office. Preview weeks for all three productions are sponsored by Peconic Landing.


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