A world premiere by playwright Arthur Laurents and revivals of Hedda Gabler and You Can't Take It With You are on the slate for the 2000 season at Sag Harbor, Long Island's Bay Street Theatre, a spokesman confirmed. Also scheduled for production is the English thriller The Woman in Black.
Laurents' new play, Two Lives, will run at Bay Street July 19- Aug. 6, with a director to be announced. Laurents has been busy of late. Both his The Time of the Cuckoo and Home of the Brave have received revivals in New York this season. The new work is described as being "about the true meaning of friendship."
The season commences May 24-June 11 with The Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Malatratt from Susan Hill's book. The popular work is still playing in London. Leonard Foglia (Master Class) will direct.
Filling the second slot, June 21-July 9, is the Jon Robin Baitz adaptation of Ibsen's classic Hedda Gabler. The Baitz version debuted in L.A. last year in a high-profile production starring Annette Bening. The drama will be a co-production with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Nicholas Martin (Betty's Summer Vacation) will direct.
Finally, closing the season will be Kaufman and Hart's comedy You Can't Take It With You. Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man) will helm the play, which runs Aug. 16-Sept. 3. The Ibsen and Kaufman and Hart revivals mark a new direction for the Bay Street, which has, until now, focuses primarily on new plays and American premieres. A Bay Street spokesman said the theatre had made a conscious choice to stage more classics, in part was responding to the desires of its audience.
Bay Street will also introduce a "Tuesday Talkback Series" in 2000. The program will allow subscribers to meet and chat with actors, directors, playwrights and designers involved in the theatre's productions.