The performances will star Tony Award winner John Glover as Prospero.
The Aug. 16 performance will begin at 7 PM at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. This reading is offered to the community at no charge. There will be seating in bleachers, but guests are invited to bring their own chairs, picnics and blankets.
The Aug. 17 VIP benefit will be held at a private waterfront estate on Shelter Island. The event includes a reception with the cast, and the evening begins at 6:30 PM with cocktails followed by the reading at 7 PM.
The Tempest, which is set on a remote island, tells the story of Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, as he employs magic and wit to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place.
The Bay Street Theater Shakespeare Initiative, according to press notes, is offering supporters "the opportunity to be a patron of the world of Shakespeare by sponsoring a character in The Tempest, as part of the Join the Company campaign and sponsors will be able to consult with the actors, and will receive complimentary passes to the VIP Benefit on August 16, as well as an opportunity to be photographed with the cast members playing their sponsored characters." Contact Bay Street’s Development office at (631) 725-0818 for details.