Bits And Pieces 11.01.12

Local culture news

The Crucible’
    Beginning on Tuesday, the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will present “The Crucible” as part of its Literature Live! series of plays taken from the core curriculum of American schools. The play, by Arthur Miller, will be staged for school groups on weekdays and for the public on weekends. A special matinee at 2 p.m. will be performed on Nov. 24 in addition to that evening’s closing performance.
    The 1952 play is about the Salem witch trials between 1692 and 1693 and is an allegory of the Communist “witch hunts” of Joseph McCarthy.
    Murphy Davis will direct a cast that will include Ken Forman as Rev. Samual Parris, Joanna Howard as Abigail Williams, Kate Mueth as Mrs. Ann Putnam, Al Bundonis as Thomas Putnam, Mackenzie Engeldrum as Mercy Lewis, Kate O’Phalen as Mary Warren, Rob DiSario as John Proctor, Lisa Cory as Rebecca Nurse, Peter Connolly as Rev. John Hale, Chloe Dirksen as Elizabeth Proctor, and Joel Leffert as Deputy Governor Danforth.
    Tickets are $10 for students and teachers, $20 for others.

St. Luke’s Offers Music
    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will present Robert White, an American tenor, on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Hoie Hall.
    Mr. White was a child prodigy who sang with Kate Smith and Frank Sinatra on the radio. He was a soloist under Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic and has performed for six United States presidents, the British royal family, and Pope John Paul II.
    He has recorded solo albums as well as collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and Placido Domingo. More recently, he could be seen performing on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” He is also on the voice faculty of the Juilliard School.
    His selection of songs will include “My Wild Irish Rose,” two songs composed from poems of Yeats, and “Younger Than Springtime” and “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific.” Classical works will include pieces from Schubert, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff. He will be accompanied by Daria Rabotkina and William McNally on the piano.
    This presentation will be the first of five fall and winter musical programs.
    Tickets are $20; children under 18 are admitted for free.

Reading in Springs
    Ellen Gilman will read pieces from “The Home,” a series she wrote while a therapeutic recreation counselor at a nursing home in the Bronx, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Springs Presbyterian Church.
    Ms. Gilman trained as a playwright, director, and actor at the High School of Performing Arts and continued her studies at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is known for her transforming impersonations that turn her into people of all ages and ethnicities.
    She has performed the work previously on the radio and at Canio’s Books in Sag Harbor. Admission is by donation with the proceeds going to the food pantry, the Retreat, or East End Hospice. The evening will be produced by Eve Eliot.

Doing Wilde
    The Northeast Stage has adapted an Oscar Wilde classic in “The Importance of Being Earnest (in East Hampton),” which will be on the stage at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greenport this weekend and next.
    The characters and basic plot remain the same, but the action switches to a lot in SoHo and then a trip out to the character Jack’s estate in East Hampton as the cast pursues love, marriage, social mobility, and money. James A. Pritchard did the adaptation and will direct.
    Tickets are $10 for students and by reservation through, or at the door for $15. Showtimes will be Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.