Bay Street Theatre, located right on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, recently introduced Scott Schwartz as their new artistic director. We got in touch to discuss Schwartz’s plans for this East End landmark and his connection to the Hamptons.
“I’ve known Bay Street for almost 20 years,” Schwartz explains, noting that his family travels to Montauk in the offseason for a timeshare and that the first show he saw at the storied theater was Blue Light, starring Dianne Wiest and Mercedes Ruehl. “I was just blown away by the talent onstage, the intimacy of the theater and the overall excellent quality of the work,” he marveled. As artistic director, Schwartz says that he “wants to build upon the wonderful legacy left to us by [founder] Sybil Christopher.”
Coming off their excellent summer mainstage season, the theater has some great events throughout the fall.
Peconic Picture Show Presents a “Gene Kelly Weekend” featuring For Me and My Gal on Friday, October 4, and An American in Paris on Saturday, October 5. The Peconic Picture Show concludes with the 100th birthday celebration of Burt Lancaster and Vivien Leigh, featuring Elmer Gantry on Friday, October 18 and Anna Karenina on Saturday, October 19. For anyone in the mood for some traditional musical theater, check out Betty Buckley and the Vixens of Broadway on Saturday, October 12. VIP tickets are available and include an after-party with Buckley. Literature Live! returns on Friday, November 8 with The Diary of Anne Frank. The show runs through November 26 and there are opportunities to see it throughout the month on afternoons and evenings, so don’t miss this powerful, true story come to life onstage.
For more information and tickets, go to baystreet.org.