Hamptons 2014 Fall Preview: Guild Hall of East Hampton

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Guild Hall. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

East Hampton’s Guild Hall includes an expansive museum and the historic 360-seat John Drew Theater, named for renowned thespian John Drew, actress Drew Barrymore’s great-great-grandfather. The theater has been in operation for more than 80 years, though it’s been renovated to keep up with the times.

Guild Hall has hosted such famed personalities as Mercedes Ruehl, Wendy Wasserstein, Earl Klugh, Robert Wilson, Joy Behar, Regina Carter, Laurie Anderson, Andrea Marcovicci and Michael Feinstein.

Friday, September 26, will herald the screening of Medea by Euripides (presented by National Theatre Live). This ancient Greek tragedy has been remade by Ben Power, stars Helen McCrory and is directed by Carrie Cracknell. The broadcast begins at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. Harris Yulin will introduce a screening and discussion of The Red Orchestra with a Q&A to follow with filmmaker Stefan Roloff. Student rush tickets are available for this program.

Speaking of students, at 10 a.m. on Saturdays October 4, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22; and Sunday November 23, Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls present Cowgirls Theater Company for girls ages 8–15. Participants begin with journaling, leading into improvisational movement exercises and games. Out of this process, personalized theater pieces are created, designed and directed by each participant. Individuals share to whatever extent they desire while telling their stories through dance, gesture, movement and text put to music. Each participant directs others for their performance piece. Final performance Monday, November 24, at 7 p.m.

“Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years,” curated by Phyllis Tuchman and is devoted to the paintings Motherwell created while living on the East End, is on view through October 13. Also on view through October 13 are New York–based artist Arlene Slavin’s sculptures and her “Intersections” series of paintings. The Museum at Guild Hall hours are Friday/Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sundays noon–5 p.m. and Mondays 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friday, October 24, at 8 p.m., the theater will screen National Theatre Live’s Skylight, a long-running production written by David Hare, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard.

The Met: Live in HD presents Verdi’s Macbeth on Saturday, October 25, at 1 p.m. And there’s more from Shakespeare: from Friday, November 7 to Sunday, November 23, Round Table Theatre Company will present Hamlet, directed by Morgan Vaughan. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

An opening reception for “Mary Ellen Bartley, Guild Hall Museum Permanent Collection New Works: 2010–2014” will take place on Saturday, October 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Mary Ellen Bartley, was selected by Lilly Wei, independent curator, essayist and critic for Art in America, as the Winner of the 74th Annual Guild Hall Artist Members Exhibition (2012) This show will be on view through January 4, 2015.

On Saturday, November 29, at 8 p.m., Celtic ensemble Cherish the Ladies will perform their traditional Celtic Christmas program, featuring instrumentation, vocals and step dancing.

During select performances of Guild Hall events, students 21 and under are eligible for free student rush tickets. Head to the box office, and unsold tickets will be distributed at curtain time.

Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. 631-324-0806, guildhall.org.

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