With winter nearing the East End of Long Island, Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor is already preparing for its 2017 Mainstage summer season. Three new productions are planned including the musical “The Man in the Ceiling,” and the plays “Intimate Apparel” and “As You Like It.”
“It will be a season about love, imagination, and self-discovery,” said Bay Street executive director Scott Schwartz.
“The Man in the Ceiling” will open May 30 and run until June 25. Based off the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning East Hampton author Jules Feiffer, the musical comedy follows the story of a boy named Jimmy Jibbett who struggles to find his way in life. Award-winning composer Andrew Lippa joins former producer of “Hamilton” Jeffrey Seller in their rendition of the musical.
“Intimate Apparel,” running from July 4 to July 30 tells the story of an African-American seamstress who creates a successful business during the early 1900s. Through her journey she meets a number of people who influence her personally and professionally. “Intimate Apparel” is written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage and directed by Mr. Schwartz.
Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” comes to life in Tony Award-winner John Doyle’s new adaptation of the play. Running from August 8 to September 3, the play follows the story of Rosalind and her journey of love, laughter, and self-discovery. Director John Doyle brings to life one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters in Rosalind. Original music will be composed for this production.
“We are thrilled to welcome so many renowned, award-winning artists to our stage who will make theatrical magic for our East End audience,” Mr. Schwartz said. “With a world premiere musical, a great drama by a masterful contemporary playwright, and Bay Street’s first full production of a play by William Shakespeare, we know 2017 is going to be one of our most entertaining and adventurous yet.”
Tickets to individual shows will be available at a later date. To purchase a 2017 Mainstage Season subscription, visit baystreet.org or call the box office at 631-725-9500 from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.