Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf was happening Saturday night, as Bay Street Theatre hosted its annual “Rock the Dock” gala. The party is the theater’s most important fundraising event of the year, and guests were treated to an evening of cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing under a tent that extended down Long Wharf.
Aida Turturro, of The Sopranos fame, was one of the first special guests to arrive, commenting that she was thrilled for this opportunity to support Bay Street. She brought flat shoes to best accommodate the dancing portion of the evening.
“I’m very excited,” said Peter Scolari of his first-ever Rock the Dock. The actor, whose current credits include HBO’s Emmy-nominated hit Girls, will be at Bay Street to perform A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum from August 6 to September 1. A sneak preview of the performance was held at the gala on Saturday. “The reputation of the joint precedes me being here. I’m very excited to join in the history,” Scolari said. “The play is a wild romp.”
“We’re having far too much fun,” said fellow “Forum” actor Tom Deckman. “It’s amazing how the story is all woven together together,” adding that the intimate setting of Bay Street will allow the audience to take in the entirety of the show.
Of course, host Susan Lucci arrived on scene to great fanfare, posing for pictures with the media as the red sun set over Sag Harbor.
Rock the Dock was held in memory of the Bay Street Theatre’s founder and former Artistic Director, Sybil Christopher, who died in March at age 83.