Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor has announced both its Mainstage and All-Star Comedy Club events for this summer, its 20th season.
The theater will produce three plays this year. First up is “Tru,” a biographical work by Jay Presson Allen based on Truman Capote’s writings about himself. Capote, who lived in Sagaponack, wrote such works as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood.” The play takes place in 1975 just after Capote published an article in Esquire magazine skewering his famous friends, who were thinly veiled characters in the piece.
At Bay Street, Judith Ivey will direct Darrell Hammond as Capote. Mr. Hammond is known for his “Saturday Night Live” impersonations of people such as former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Sean Connery. Previews begin on May 31; the play runs from June 4 through June 26.
Beginning with previews on July 5, Christopher Durang’s comedy “Betty’s Summer Vacation” will be next on the Bay Street stage. It looks at the pitfalls of a summer share house in a beach town and will be directed by Trip Cullman, who has numerous Broadway and off-Broadway credits.
The broad comedy is in the tradition of several recent productions at the theater that include “Romance,” “Dinner,” and “Beyond Therapy.” The play will run through July 31.
The season concludes with “Enter Laughing: The Musical” from Aug. 9 to Sept. 4. The book is by Joseph Stein, with music and lyrics by Stan Daniels. The story of a boy from the Bronx with dreams of making it on Broadway, it is based on the semiautobiographical novel by Carl Reiner.
The characters include the eccentrics of the world he eventually encounters. The musical will be produced on Broadway as well. Stuart Ross will direct.
On the comedy stage this year will be Richard Belzer, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, Patrice O’Neal, Elayne Boosler, Tom Papa, and a special presentation of “Andrea Martin: Final Days, Everything Must Go.” The shows are on Monday nights at 8 p.m.
Tickets for all shows are $65, $60 for members, and are on sale Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the box office or online at baystreet.org. Subscriptions are available for the Mainstage season.