Guild Hall Celebrates the Season with Opera, Experimental Theater and More!

Guild Hall of East Hampton.
Guild Hall of East Hampton. Photo credit: Jarno Huttunen

If you love opera and classical theater, Guild Hall is your destination this fall, with special live broadcast screenings straight from the Metropolitan Opera and more.

Celebrate the beginning of Guild Hall’s The Met: Live in HD season with a reception and performance before the screening of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Meet composer Dr. Victoria Bond and librettist Barbara Zinn Krieger and see a preview of Bond’s original opera about Clara Schumann, performed by Meredith Mecum and Benjamin Bloomfield. Following Il Trovatore on October 3 is Verdi’s Otello on October 17; Wagner’s Tannhäuser on October 31; and Berg’s Lulu on November 21. For theater lovers, Guild Hall will screen National Theatre Live broadcast of Hamlet on Saturday, October 24. This exciting production of Shakespeare’s greatest work stars Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the tortured Danish prince.

Guild Hall’s exciting experimental John Drew Theater Lab series returns for another season of interesting new theatrical works and projects. On Tuesday, September 29, members of the CUNY School of Professional Studies’ Masters of Arts in Applied Theatre graduate program will present Theatre of the Oppressed: An Introduction to Forum Theatre. Conceived by Brazilian artist/activist Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed is often described as “a rehearsal for revolution.” On Tuesday, October 6, see a staged reading of Richard Brockman’s Air Rites, with music by Heather Christian and directed by Mirra Bank. Air Rites is the story of the dream, realization and death of Pennsylvania Station. On Friday, October 16, Topaz Adizes directs a staged reading of Martha Pichey’s Ashes & Ink, a family drama about a mother and son dealing with addiction, grief and tough love. Other upcoming JDTLab events include a staged reading of The Ape & The Whale: An Interplay Between Darwin & Melville in Their Own Words by Barbara Novak on Tuesday, November 17; a staged reading of The Grey Selchie, directed by Bill Burford, on Tuesday, February 2; and a staged reading of What Would Nora Say? by Miriam Hipsh, Ted Sod and Elle Tyler on Tuesday, April 5.

Art lovers should check out Guild Hall’s “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky” exhibit, on display through October 12. Featuring over 30 works on loan and from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, this exhibit is not to be missed. Attend a free panel discussion on Sunday, October 4, with moderator Clare Bell, exhibition support manager, as she talks with filmmaker Joel L. Freedman and curator Chrissie Iles about Lichtenstein’s life and work. Guild Hall’s Hal Buckner exhibit is also on display through October 12.

Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street, East Hampton. For tickets and more information, call
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