The world premiere of Jonathan Tolins’s new play, “The Forgotten Woman,” will kick off Bay Street Theater’s Mainstage summer season on May 31 in Sag Harbor.
Directed by Noah Himmelstein, the play centers on Margaret Meier, a gifted soprano on the verge of a major operatic career—and she’s terrified. When a handsome reporter shows up at her Chicago hotel room, this anything-but-diva-like diva is forced to grapple with every aspect of her life: her less-than-passionate marriage, her child, her ambition, her weight and the price she must pay in a most demanding and irrational art form.
Up next is the musical “My Fair Lady,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, and adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s film “Pygmalion.” Considered by many as one of the greatest musicals of all time, “My Fair Lady” tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower seller who takes speech lessons from Henry Higgins, a professor of phonetics, in order to pass as a lady. Their relationship, which starts on a bet as student and pupil, becomes much more than they expected. The timeless romance explores themes of transformation, a battle of the sexes, and class.
A third play, or musical, is yet to be announced and will round out the summer season, which runs through August 28.
“I am thrilled to announce two of the three shows for the 25th anniversary summer Mainstage season at Bay Street,” Artistic Director Scott Schwartz said. “These two productions continue to affirm Bay Street’s commitment to new works and visionary new productions of great classics. They also both focus on strong and complex women, and in Margaret Meier and Eliza Doolittle we will get to spend the summer with two great female characters. Our 25th season will be full of an exciting array of diverse work, and will be one of our best yet.”
Season subscriptions are available by calling the box office at (631) 725-9500, or visiting baystreet.org.