Caldwell, Alda and Mee Team for 2004 Bay Street Season

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Legendary actress-director Zoe Caldwell will direct Alan Alda in Charles L. Mee's Limonade Tous les Jours at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Long Island, this summer. The May 25-June 6 engagement will open the 2004 summer season.
From Top: Zoe Caldwell, Alan Alda, and Charles Mee
From Top: Zoe Caldwell, Alan Alda, and Charles Mee

The show marks a return to work for Caldwell, who has not been seen in the New York area as actor or director in recent years, aside from a March 14, 2003, guest appearance in the Broadway comedy The Play What I Wrote. She had been announced to direct Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Kennedy Center this summer, but withdrew for "personal reasons." Her past directing credits include Vita and Virginia and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard. Still, it is an actress that she is best known. She has won four Tony Awards, most recently for playing Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's Master Class.

Alda has appeared on Broadway in The Apple Tree, Jake's Women, Art, and QED. Mee's Wintertime is currently playing Off Broadway. His other plays include Big Love and True Love. After Limonade, Bay Street favorite—and another actor-director—Daniel Gerroll (Accomplice, Blithe Spirit) will stage Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard. Tony Roberts (Victor/Victoria, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) will star. Dates are June 15 through July 4.

Charles Busch's turn in the title role of Auntie Mame will fill the number three spot, July 13-August 1. Richard Sabellico directs Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's play.

The fateful match of play and actor will first take place this summer at Maine's storied summer stock landmark, the Ogunquit Playhouse, as previously reported by Playbill On-Line. Dates are June 28-July 10. The set and costume design will be handled by Busch's longtime designers Michael Bottari and Ronald Case.

Busch will play the larger than life madcap Mame, who famously lives her life as a banquet and charges his impressionable orphaned nephew to "Live!" The show was a hit in 1956 for playwrights Lawrence and Lee, who adapted the work from the novel by Patrick Dennis, and has since become a camp classic with a passionately worshipful following. It inspired both a movie, with Rosalind Russell, and the Jerry Herman musical Mame. Rounding out the season is Marcia Milgrom Dodge's treatment of Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty early success, Once on this Island, Aug. 10-Sept. 5.

Single tickets will go on sale March 2, and are available by calling the Bay Street box office at (631) 725-9500 or www.baystreet.org.

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