Free Bay Street New Works Festival This Weekend Hosted by John Weidman

The Bay Street New Works Festival will take place on April 25-27 at the Bay Street Theatre on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. The Festival is produced in Association with SPACE on Ryder Farm. The media sponsor for the festival is Dan’s Papers Literary Prize Contest.

The plays in the festival will be Fight Call by Jess Brickman, The May Queen by Molly Smith Metzler, and The Orchard Play by P. Seth Bauer. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the audience

There will also be an Artist Interact – a panel discussion with the authors, led by award winning writer John Weidman, which will explore what it means to be a playwright working today, and the way in which new work is created and developed in the theater.  The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception at Bay Street where the audience can meet the writers and other artists involved with the readings.
John Weidman has written the books for a wide variety of musicals, among them Pacific Overtures (Tony nomination, Best Book), Assassins (Tony Award, Best Musical Revival), and Road Show, all with scores by Stephen Sondheim; Contact (Tony nomination, Best Book; Tony Award, Best Musical), co-created with director/choreographer Susan Stroman; Happiness, score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman; Take Flight and Big (Tony nomination, Best Book), scores by Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire; and the new book, co-authored with Timothy Crouse, for the Lincoln Center Theater/Roundabout Theatre revivals of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes (Tony Awards, Best Musical Revival; Olivier Award, Best Musical Production).  Since his children were pre-schoolers, Weidman has written for Sesame Street, receiving more than a dozen Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Children’s Program.  From 1999 to 2009 he served as President of the Dramatists Guild of America. 

The Bay Street New Works Festival is co-curated by Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director at Bay Street Theater, and Emily Simoness, Executive Director at SPACE on Ryder Farm. The three readings will be complimentary for the Bay Street audience. Call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 to reserve a spot. The panel discussion and cocktail reception will be a $20 ticket. For advance tickets for the panel & party, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 Tues. – Sat. 11 am – 5 pm.


APRIL 25        8 pm                Reading 1 -- FIGHT CALL by Jess Brickman

APRIL 26        4 pm                Panel Discussion followed by cocktail reception

                     8 pm                Reading 2 – THE ORCHARD PLAY by P. Seth Bauer

APRIL 27        2 pm                Reading 3 – THE MAY QUEEN by Molly Smith Metzler


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