Jason Alexander Acts, Bob Balaban Directs in Bay Street MainStage Season

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts.
Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts. Photo credit: Brendan J. O'Reilly

Bay Street Theater has announced the second and third plays that will round out its MainStage Season schedule, and both stagings will have some big names attached.

Actor, author and director Bob Balaban will direct the world premiere of The New Sincerity, a comedy by Alenda Smith.

Bay Street gives the synopsis: “In today’s world, balancing politics, love and the quest for success (along with one’s social media presence) can get complicated. When her ambitious literary circle gets involved with a rowdy Occupy-style movement, young journalist Rose Spencer finds herself in a love triangle where it’s hard to tell the difference between sincere action and skillful self-promotion.”

The New Sincerity will be staged from May 26 to June 14, then on June 23 Other People’s Money starring Jason Alexander begins.

Other People’s Money, by Jerry Sterner, is set in 1987 “when all is fair in love and business.”

“Lawrence Garfinkle is an expert at buying up undervalued companies and liquidating them for a profit, and he’s the kind of guy you love to hate,” the synopsis states. “But will he win in his newest attempt at domination when he comes up against a surprising adversary, the brilliant and beautiful lawyer Kate Sullivan?”

Lonny Price directs.

As previously announced, the season will conclude with Grey Gardens, the Musical, the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale. Michael Wilson directs and the production runs August 4 through 30.

“These three works are portraits of America, explorations of our need for social and financial success,” Bay Street Theater artistic director Scott Schwartz says. “They are stories about how love factors into this need, and struggles with it. They are visions of different eras in our country, but all speak to today through the times in which they’re set. We are proud to offer our audience a world premiere as part of the season, continuing our commitment to making Bay Street a center for new works for the theater.”

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