Check out the Hamptons art scene this summer
Two world premieres -- a drama and a musical comedy -- featuring Broadway veterans of both genres, newly commissioned concertos performed by virtuosos at one of the nation's leading chamber music festivals, and two major retrospectives of big-name artists, living and dead. Summer is high season for the arts in the Hamptons.
Here's a sampling of what's happening on stages and in galleries from Westhampton Beach to East Hampton from now till Labor Day.
The Hamptons summer theater season is already well under way as two Tony winners for best play -- "RED" by John Logan (2010) at the John Drew Theater and "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza (2009) at Hampton Theatre Company's Quogue Community Hall -- go into their final weekends. Meanwhile, the world premiere of Carey Crim's taut family drama "Conviction," directed by Bay Street Theatre's new artistic director, Scott Schwartz, continues its run through June 15.
BAY STREET The brilliant Tom Stoppard comedy "Travesties," starring Richard Kind and directed by Gregory Boyd ("Wonderland," the new Alice musical), runs June 24-July 20. A second world premiere, "My Life Is a Musical," a musical (of course) comedy by Adam Overett, concludes the summer season on the Sag Harbor stage, July 29-Aug. 31. Marlo Hunter (Broadway revival of "Picnic") directs and choreographs.
GUILD HALL Marlo Thomas stars in "Clever Little Lies," a family comedy with a dark side. It's by Joe DePietro -- best known for his musicals ("Memphis" and "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"). The director, David Saint, and the entire cast from the critically acclaimed run last winter at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse are reunited. Thomas plays a mother who may not know her son as well as she thinks she does. Greg Mullavey plays her husband; Jim Stanek, her son; and Kate Wetherhead, her daughter-in- law. The play runs July 16-Aug. 2.
Other theatrical highlights at the Drew include Sandra Bernhard's sharp-elbowed musings on June 20, John Leguizamo's one-man show, "Ghetto Klown," on July 3, followed on July 5 by Tony- and Emmy-winning actor and comic Martin Short. David Sedaris stops by for an evening of witty observations, Aug. 3. "Celebrity Autobiography" returns Aug. 22 for a new one-nighter of readings from actual autobiographies.
ALSO The Parrish Art Museum presents its first-ever theatrical event -- an adaptation by Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider of Kurt Vonnegut's "Galápagos," July 21-25.
MUSIC & DANCE
BRIDGEHAMPTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL It's become a summertime classical music tradition, thanks to founder/director/flutist Marya Martin. The festival opens July 20 with a free, family-friendly "Russian Memories" concert -- Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and more -- outdoors at Bridgehampton Historical Society. (You can also catch Brooklyn Rider Aug. 9 at the Parrish Art Museum as part of its summer music series.) Most chamber festival concerts, through Aug. 24, are on weekends at the air-conditioned Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, mixing classical favorites with new works commissioned by the festival.
PIANOFEST Another classical mainstay in the Hamptons, it features accomplished student performers. The concerts begin June 16 at Southampton Cultural Center and continue most Monday evenings, through Aug. 4, at Stony Brook Southampton's Avram Theater.
WESTHAMPTON BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Bela Fleck and the Brooklyn Rider collaborate in a concert June 29 dubbed "Classical Music Reinvented and Revived," an amalgam of world beat, banjo bluegrass, Debussy and Persian folk. A mini-British Invasion reprise takes over the concert stage with '60s bands Procol Harum ("Whiter Shade of Pale," "Conquistador") July 13, and The Zombies ("She's Not There," "Time of the Season") Aug. 16. Other highlights: Rufus Wainwright, June 20; Natalie Merchant, July 20; Michael Feinstein, Aug. 9, and Savion Glover's "SoLo iN TiME" dance show, Aug. 29.
GUILD HALL You'll find more dance at John Drew Theater with Ballet Hispanico, June 14, and New York City Ballet's "On and Off Stage," excerpts from the company's repertoire, Aug. 15. Enjoy a bit of highbrow music from the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Aug. 10, and the inventive sounds of one America's hippest composers, Meredith Monk, and her vocal ensemble, The Soul's Messenger, Aug. 23. Among the solo pop artists are Christine Ebersol, Aug. 17; Ben Folds, Aug. 30, and Linda Eder, Aug. 31.
PARRISH The summer season opened early this year with a major retrospective, "Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe -- Works 1970-2011." Bartlett's large-scale pieces -- land- and seascapes plus house-themed paintings and constructions -- remain on display through July 13. Opening July 4, "Pin River -- Sandy," a geographic installation by Maya Lin, depicts superstorm Sandy's floodplain by means of thousands of straight pins. Finally, a William Glackens retrospective composed of 75 paintings -- including some Bellport Harbor vistas -- opens July 20.
GUILD HALL The museum hosts two high-profile summer exhibits, beginning with "Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies," June 21-July 27. The show features FAPE art that has been displayed in U.S. embassies around the globe. "Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years, 1944-1952" brings 16 paintings together -- all painted at the artist's former studio nearby. It opens Aug. 9. In "Criss~Crossing the Divine," June 21-July 27, Nina Yankowitz installs interactive games that "search for meaning in all the LEFT and RIGHT and IN BETWEEN places." In Guild Hall's sculpture garden and in one of its smaller galleries, check out Arlene Slavin's brightly colored translucent sculptures and paintings from her "Intersections" series. You can meet her at a reception June 28.
ALSO The Hamptons gallery scene tees up this summer as the Vered hosts "Down to Earth," an exhibit of new work by photographer Lili Almog, featuring golf courses of the Hamptons -- landscapes that use satellite imagery embellished with the artist's drawings. It runs through June 30. Looking to invest in big-name art? You have three chances: ArtHamptons and Art Market Hamptons are the same weekend in Bridgehampton, July 10-13. Two weeks later, July 24-28, Art Southampton opens its temporary pavilion stuffed with contemporary art.