Summer is almost here, and with it comes a trio of plays at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor in the coming months.
Bay Street kicks off its 2017 mainstage season on Tuesday, May 30 with the world premiere musical of “The Man in the Ceiling” with book by Jules Feiffer (a Shelter Island resident), music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and direction by Jeffrey Seller.
The play is based on Feiffer’s novel of the same name and it tells the story of Jimmy Jibbett, a boy cartoonist. Jimmy’s father feels cartooning is a hopeless aptitude — he wants his son to play ball like a real boy. His mother is also less than supportive as she’s too busy running here, there and everywhere to pay much attention to Jimmy.
Besides she’s got her brother Lester to worry about. He writes musicals, but he can’t come up with a love song. So Jimmy’s only true support becomes the imaginary characters he invents until, one day, he discovers way up on the ceiling, something new and surprising that will change both himself and his family.
It turns out, his imagination is just what they all need.
“The Man in the Ceiling” runs May 30 to June 25, 2017
The second summer offering at Bay Street will be “Intimate Apparel” by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Lynn Nottage, and directed by Bay Street’s Artistic Director Scott Schwartz.
It’s a delicate line between love and desire… Esther Mills is a skilled African American seamstress and has her own successful business in 1905 making lingerie for both society ladies and “ladies of the night.” But she is lonely. As she searches for something more in her life, she unearths truths long hidden in the deepest recesses of her heart.
All her relationships will be changed forever, from a poetic love with a Caribbean laborer working far away on the Panama Canal, to complicated friendships with different women in her life, to a growing bond with a Hasidic shopkeeper who shares his exquisite finds of fabrics and maybe something deeper.
Kelly McCreary, who plays Dr. Maggie Pierce on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” will star as Esther Mills.
“Intimate Apparel” runs July 4 to July 30, 2017
Finally, Bay Street turns to the Bard for its last production of the 2017 summer season with William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”
Everyone needs to escape to the country sometimes … Join Rosalind, one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroines, as she travels into the merry Forest of Arden leaving behind the politics of the city. Disguising herself as a man and accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the clown, she embarks on a hilarious and romantic journey where she finds love, laughter, and maybe even herself.
Set in a 1930s nightclub, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy will be brought to joyful new life in a production filled with Jazz inspired original music by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, which will be performed by a masterful cast. Tony Award winner John Doyle will direct this show, which is a co-production with Classic Stage Company (CSC) in New York City. In September, “As You Like It” will move to CSC for a fall run.
“As You Like It” runs August 8 to September 3, 2017
All Bay Street Theater summer mainstage productions run Tuesday through Sunday evenings with matinees on Wednesdays and Sundays. Talk Back Tuesdays with the cast, creative team and other professionals are offered after every Tuesday performance, except opening week.
All the shows this summer are great for the whole family, but Bay Street’s staff recommends “The Man in the Ceiling” for ages 10 and up, and, due to mature subject matter, “Intimate Apparel” for ages 12 and up. “As You Like It” is ideal for audiences of all ages.
For tickets, visit www.baystreet.org or call the box office at (631) 725-9500.