Events to Entice Winter Audiences Out of Their Lairs

Live and streamed performing arts on January's schedule
A scene from "Rachel," a musical about the life of Rachel Carson, which will be presented by JDT Lab on Monday Guild Hall

There will be no post-holiday letdown at Guild Hall thanks to a slate of January programs ranging from the risk-taking theater of the JDT Lab to The Met: Live in HD to film screenings hosted by Carl Bernstein and Isabella Rossellini.

JDT Lab will return after a six-week hiatus on Monday at 7:30 p.m. with “Rachel,” a new musical about Rachel Carson, the scientist and author whose 1962 book “Silent Spring” documented the adverse environmental effects of DDT and other pesticides. With music by Jared Field and book and lyrics by Jessie Field, the musical tells the story of a woman who took a stand for what matters in the face of professional adversity and personal tragedy. 

“Andrew and Andrew Make a Deal With the Devil: Southern Gothic Songs and Stories,” a live musical performance by the songwriter Andrew Butler and the playwright Andrew Farmer, will be presented Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Floridians both, Mr. Butler and Mr. Farmer put their oddball spins on the Southern Gothic tradition with songs and stories. Both JDT Lab programs are free, but reservations have been strongly encouraged.

Now Showing, a partnership between the Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall, will present “Kedi,” a feature documentary by Ceyda Torun about the hundreds of thousands of cats that roam the streets of Istanbul, on Saturday at 6 p.m. Glenn Kenny of The New York Times called it a “frequently enchanting documentary” and gave it “four claws up.” Tickets are $15, $12 for members of Guild Hall and HIFF.

Now Showing will also include “The Final Year,” a look at President Obama’s foreign policy team during his final year in office, on Jan. 20, and “The Divine Order,” about a suffragist movement in a small Swiss village in 1971, on Jan. 27.

Guild Hall has also teamed up with the Sag Harbor Partnership, whose American Values series features free programs of films that explore ideas and values that have shaped our country. “All the President’s Men,” Alan J. Pakula’s drama about The Washington Post’s exposé of the Watergate scandal, will be shown on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. Carl Bernstein, who broke the story with Bob Woodward, will host the screening.

Isabella Rossellini, the actress and model, will be present for the screening of “Casablanca” on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Ms. Rossellini’s mother, Ingrid Bergman, starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in the classic World War II drama.

While The Met: Live in HD will return Jan. 27 with a simulcast of David McVicar’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” a fitting prelude will take place on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. with a screening of “The Opera House,” a documentary by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke about the history of the Metropolitan Opera with a particular focus on the background and consequences of its 1966 relocation to Lincoln Center. 

National Theatre Live will return to Guild Hall on Jan. 13 with an encore screening of “Young Marx,” a comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman filmed at London’s Bridge Theatre and directed by Nicholas Hytner. The 32-year-old revolutionary, played by Rory Kinnear, is beset by writer’s block, a failing marriage, and the despair of his friend Engels at his wasted genius. The Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings noted the “droll contrast between [Marx’s] grubbily chaotic existence and the loftiness of his ideas” and characterized it as “populist entertainment with a gently subversive undercurrent.”