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World premiere of SAFE SPACE opens in Previews Tomorrow

World premiere of SAFE SPACE opens in Previews Tomorrow

The Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce that the world premiere of SAFE SPACE will begin tomorrow, June 25, and continue until July 21st. This is a new play by Alan Fox; The three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (All My Sons, Henry IV, Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia) was the director.

The main actors are Mercedes Ruehl (Fackellied, upcoming movie Hustlers, Bay Street's Viva la Vida!), Sasha Diamond (Blindspot, The Romanoffs, Murphy Brown) and Rodney Richardson (The day is coming, CBS's FBI, Someone's daughter) , Single tickets are now available as well as 2-play subscriptions for this show and the upcoming ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, which begins on July 30th. Call the box office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org. The box office is open daily from 11.00.

A special performance "Pay What You Can" sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty will take place on June 25th. A limited number of seats will be available from 11.00 at the box office.

SAFE SPACE is based at an elite university and investigates the political correctness and response to today's triggers on the American campus. When a senior African American professor (Rodney Richardson) is accused of racism by a student (Sasha Diamond), the head of the college (Mercedes Ruehl) has to intervene to trigger an explosive chain of events in which each one of them must play an everlasting role. to change the minefield of identity politics, ethics and basic beliefs.

"We are delighted to share this new installment of the world premiere with Bay Street audiences, the second world premiere this season," said Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater. "It is an extraordinary group of artists today staging this exciting piece on pressing issues in American science, and I know that under the direction of legendary director Jack O & # 39; Brien, they will produce a production that is thought-provoking and The East End stimulates lively debates throughout the summer! "

The creative team consists of Tony Award Winners David Rockwell (set designer), Tony Award Winner Jane Greenwood (costume designer), Tony Award Winner Bradley King (lighting designer), Tony Award Winner John Gromada (sound designer), Jeff Sugg (projection designer)), Andrew Diaz (Props Designer) and Chris De Camillis (Production Stage Manager). Casting by Will Cantler at Telsey & Company.

Alan Fox was born in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. He was an all-state basketball player and began his college career at UNC-Greensboro. After an injury forced him into an operation at the end of the season, he left college, moved to New York, and began modeling. He has starred for brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Adidas and Men's Health and has appeared in the Taylor Swift video Fifteen. He returned to school and graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College in the spring of 2016. SAFE SPACE is his first full-length piece. He is currently working on his first novel, A Mannequin Life, and is represented by CAA.

Jack O'Brien is a three-time Tony & Drama Desk Award winning director, a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and author of Jack Be Nimble, a memoir published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2013. Jack won the Tony for Best Director of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for the Outstanding Director of a Musical for his 2003 Broadway-produced hairspray. He received the Tony Award for Best Director of a Piece and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Piece for Henry IV and The Cost of Utopia I, II & III. Most recently, Jack was director of the Broadway revival of Rogers & Hammerstein's Carousel in the spring of 2018 and the production of Tom Stoppard's new play The Hard Problem in the fall of 2018 at the Lincoln Center. Additional Broadway credits include Porgy & Bess (Tony & Drama Desk nomination), Damn Yankees, Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, The Full Monty (Tony Nom. & Drama Desk winner), Tom Stoppard's Inventions of Love (Drama Desk winner ) and Dirty Lazy Rogues (Tony Nom.), catch me if you can, dead accounts, Macbeth, it's just a piece, the front page and Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Off-Broadway directed Jack two Shakespearean actors (Tony Nomination), Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award Winner) and Pride's Crossing – all at Lincoln Center – as well as More to Love at O ​​Neill, Labor Day in the Manhattan Theater Club, and City Center Encores! Production of St. Louis Woman. He has also performed various operas, including Il Trittico (Metropolitan Opera), Mozart's The Magic Flute (San Francisco Opera), Puccini's Tosca (Santa Fe Opera), Aida and Cosi Fan Tutti (Houston Grand Opera). Jack's work as artistic director of the Old Globe Theater in San Diego includes Love & Hours, Nora Ephron's Imaginary Friends, Twelfth Night, Tom Stoppard's The Seagull (The Original by Chekov), The Magic Fire, The Hostage, The Doctor is Out, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, The Cocktail Hour, and he is responsible for the annual musical How the Grinch Stole Christmas !, which offers a highly successful transfer to Broadway and beyond.

Jack directed "A Folk Enemy," "I Never Sing for My Father," "All My Sons," "Painting Churches," and "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder, live on the TV series "American Playhouse." Stage of "The Old Globe" were broadcast. His production of The Good Doctor and the Broadway revival of Most Happy Fella were also produced for PBS, and Jack's street scene was televised live at Lincoln Center. Jack staged Annette Bening and Tracy Letts in the current Broadway resumption of Arthur Miller's All My Sons in 2019.

Mercedes Ruehl is an award-winning stage, film and television actress. She won an Oscar and a Golden Globe and a Chicago Film Critics Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for her role as Anne Napolitano in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers was awarded Ruehl Tony, Helen Hayes and Drama Desk Awards. She received Tony nominations for her roles in The Shadowbox and Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize for The Goat or Who is Sylvia. She won Obie Awards for Woman Before A Glass, a solo exhibition about the life of actress Peggy Guggenheim, as well as Christopher Durang's The Wedding of Bette and Boo.

She received the Clarence Derwent Award for the role of Kate in Other People's Money and a nomination as Drama Desk for the role of Serafina alongside Anthony LaPaglia in Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo. Mercedes played a major role in the second off-Broadway stage of the re-launch of Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song this year and was recently seen in production on Broadway on November 1, 2018, which ended on January 6, 2019 Hustlers with J Lo and Constance Wu.

She starred in Richard Greenberg's The American Plan at the Manhattan Theater Club and in the premiere of Edward Albee's The Occupant as Louise Nevelson at the Signature Theater. At the Old Vic in London she starred with Jeff Goldblum in Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue. She revived Full Gallop, a solo exhibition about Diana Vreeland at the Old Globe in San Diego.

Ruehl drew much attention with her portrayal of a mafia-don's willing wife in 1988, "Married to the Mob," which earned her the National Society of Film Critics Award. Her other films include Big and Tom Hanks; the romantic drama For Roseanna opposite Jean Reno; Gurinder Chadhas What's cooking? More dogs than bones, another you, heartburn; 84 Charing Cross Road; Leader of the band; The secret of my success; Slaves of New York, Crazy People and Chu and Blossom.

Her television credits include guest and returning roles in Bull, Life in Pieces, NCIS, Mysteries of Laura, Two Broken Girls, Power, Happiness (Regular Series), Law and Order: CSR, Underground Stories: Underground Stories, Charge: The McMartin Trial, North Shore Fish, Psych, Monday morning, A Girl Like Me, Frasier & starred in HBO's Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Telefilm Gia.

The Bay Street Theater audience will remember how Ruehl played Vida la Vida Frida Kahlo! and her role in dinner.

Sasha Diamond made her Broadway debut in Significant Other. Off Broadway includes Teenage Dick (The Public Theater), Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theater), Kentucky and Double Suicide at Ueno Park! (Ensemble Studio Theater), The Wong Kids (Ma-Yi Theater Company). Regional Credits include: A Dollhouse, Part 2 (Long Wharf Theater), The Birds, Unparalleled (Barrington Stage Company), The Winners (HotCity Theater). Television programs include Murphy Brown (CBS), Blind Spot (NBC), The Romanoffs (Amazon), High Maintenance (HBO) and Half Life (Outta Brooklyn). Movie contains trick (Director: Patrick Lussier). Diamond is a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theater.

Rodney Richardson has recent work, including a supporting role in Chris Morris' feature film The Day Shall Come, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in 2019, alongside Anna Kendrick. Other current works include a recurrent report on the FBI CBS drama for Dick Wolf, a guest feature in CBS Pilot Evil, as well as guest articles on Instinct, Elementary, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and a recurring report on the FX comedy series, Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll. Richardson is in the production of Somebody's Daughter, the New York Times Critic Pick Squash by A.R. Gurney at the Flea Theater, and starring in The Tempest alongside Sam Waterston in Central Park for The Public Theater. Rodney received his MFA from the NYU.

The 2019 main season is partly sponsored by the state of New York through the generosity of MP Fred Thiele and Senator Kenneth P. LaValle. the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; City of Southampton; The Charitable Foundation Harold and Mimi Steinberg; The Shubert Foundation; and fully or partially funded with support from Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and Diana Cherryholmes of Suffolk County Film and Cultural Affairs and with the support of Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning. Support for new work comes from the New Directions Fund, the New Musical Fund by Joseph Stein, Age Focus Medical Management, Twin Forks Pest Control and Yave Tequila. Previews are sponsored by Peconic Landing. ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, partially sponsored by Baron & # 39; s Cove and The Shed. "30 Under 30" tickets sponsored by Corcoran.

The Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is a year-round, non-profit, professional theater and arts center that seeks to renew, educate, and entertain a diverse community through the performance of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural meeting place, as an educational resource and as a home for a community of artists.


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