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Artistic Director Murphy Davis and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit
Actor Chris Bauer and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit
Actress Aida Turturro and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit
Actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson pose for a photo-op with their daughter at the Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit
Sag Harbor Rocked their Dock for their Annual Bay Street Theatre's Summer Gala Benefit on July 21st. Guests came to enjoy cocktails, dinner and dancing. The event also had many auction items including accommodations for a party of six in a Wimco Luxury Villas in St Barts or a luxury stay at Four Seasons in Costa Rica! In addition the nights gala guests also participated in an after party at B. Smith's Restaurant overlooking the spectacular Sag Harbor port.
The events proceeds was contributed to the Bay Street's yearlong programming including: the Summer Mainstage productions, Educational Outreach Initiatives such as Literature Live, Summer College Internships and Theatre Camps and Classes for children.
“Not only is it our biggest fundraiser of the year, but it is also the best party of the summer in my humble opinion,” says Murphy Davis, Artistic Director.
“What better way to help support the arts in our community and have a great time doing so!” says Tracy Mitchell, Executive Director.
A-listers that have given their supported and have attended in the past included: Terrence McNally, Rosie O’Donnell, Mercedes Ruehl, Liev Schreiber, B. Smith, Eli Wallach, Naomi Watts and Robert Zimmerman, Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Chris Bauer, Joy Behar, Mel Brooks, Kim Cattrall, Chevy Chase, Blythe Danner, Kelsey Grammer, Anne Jackson, Billy Joel, Star Jones, Richard Kind, Nathan Lane and Susan Lucci.
The event sponsor included: Bai Brands, BMW Southampton, The Bridge, Bridgehampton Florist; Channing Daughters Winery; Dan’s Papers; Diplomatico Rum, Four Seasons Resort, Fresco by Scotto, L’Oreal, Party Rentals, Ltd; Searles Graphics; Southampton Publick House; Sterling Affair Caterers; Suffolk County National Bank; The Today Show and Wimco Villas.
I had a chance at the event to chat with Artistic Director Murphy Davis and Actors Chris Bauer and Aida Turturro for their continued support of the Bay Street Theatre.
Afterwards I was invited to see the current production Twenty Year Revival of "Men's Lives" by Joe Pintauro; based on the book by Peter Matthiessen.
Sag Harbor playwright Joe Pintauro states, “War was declared on the beaches of the East End when local Bay Men were forced to launch a courageous fight against the crushing effect of history and economics on their lives in the Hamptons. Today the crisis is even worse.”
“We thought this year was a perfect time to revive this wonderful play,” revealed Murphy Davis, Artistic Director. “Not only does it have a timeless message about the human condition, it is more pertinent today than ever. "Men's Lives" tells the tale of a family’s struggle to maintain their way of life and fight for survival in these ever changing economic times. It is our way of honoring the Bay Men and their heritage, as well as the place where we all live. If you were here and saw our original production, come back…If you have never seen it, don’t miss it!”
The play is beautifully portrayed in the latest adaption. A must see at the Bay Street Theatre!
For more information please visit http://www.baystreet.org
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