Josef Sommer and Maria Tucci will star in the upcoming Bay Street Theatre revival of Edward Albee's Seascape. No, they're not the lizards. They will play husband and wife, Charlie and Nancy, who have an encounter on a deserted beach with a couple of talkative reptiles, Leslie and Sarah — here played by Ritchie Coster and Susan Floyd. The Albee will run June 20 through July 8. Leonard Foglia, of Master Class and Wait Until Dark fame, will direct.
Seascape won Albee his second Pulitzer Prize (after A Delicate Balance). Frank Langella and Maureen Anderman were Broadway's original tongue-flickers. The play was recently announced as part of Second Stage's upcoming Off-Broadway season.
Tucci is a veteran of Bay Street, where she starred in Jon Robin Baitz's Three Hotels in the company's first season ten years ago. Sommer has also worked the Sag Harbor stage, playing in last season's The Woman In Black. His other recent New York credits include Labor Day and Racing Demon.
The Bay Street Theatre Festival kicked off their 2001 summer season on May 26 with Jar the Floor by Cheryl L. West. The drama about four female generations of an African-American family began previews on May 22. It will now end its run on June 10. Jack Hofsiss directs. West's play was a hit at Off-Broadway's Second Stage in early 2000. Regina Taylor and Lynne Thigpen starred in that staging.
In other Bay Street news, Alec Baldwin will star in a late addition to the 2001 summer season at the Bay Street Theatre of Sag Harbor, Long Island. From Sept. 12 to Sept. 30, he will appear in Gross Points, a new comedy by Ira Lewis. Stephen Hamilton will direct.
The play spoofs America’s idea of royalty as personified by Baldwin's character, a star of the entertainment industry. Baldwin took part in a reading of Paddy Chayefsky’s The Latent Heterosexual at Bay Street last summer. In New York, he was seen this season in a City Center Voices! reading of Arsenic and Old Lace. Broadway appearances include A Streetcar Named Desire. Among his many films are “State and Main,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “Malice.”
The remaining 2001 schedule runs as follows:
• Accomplice by Rupert Holmes, the murder mystery which had a short life on Broadway but has endured on the summer stock circuit, beginning July 17. Daniel Gerroll directs and stars. Co-starring are Patricia Kalember, Joelle Carter and David Chandler.
• Hair, the 1960s counter-culture musical by Gerome Ragni, Jame Rado, and Galt MacDermot, which will receive a concert revival courtesy of City Centers Encores! later this spring; beginning Aug. 14.
• Gross Points by Ira Lewis, starring Alec Baldwin, Sept. 12-30
Often shows which play the Bay Street are later seen Off-Broadway, including Baitz's Three Hotels, Bob Kingdom's Elsa Edgar, and Terrence McNally, Joe Pintauro and Lanford Wilson trio of one-acts, By the Sea, by the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea.
The Broadway-bound version of Hedda Gabler, starring Kate Burton, played the Bay Street last year, as did the Janis Joplin musical, Love, Janis, now playing Off-Broadway.
—By Robert Simonson