Director Jack Hofsiss has gathered together a cast headed by Sophie Hayden (The Most Happy Fella), Frank Wood (Side Man), Pat Hingle (1776) and B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly) for his production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY. The run begins Aug. 13 and goes through Sept. 8.
Hofsiss has decided to stage a multi-cultural Our Town, which tells of life in a small New England hamlet at the turn of the 20th century—and, by symbol and inference, life everywhere at any time in modern history. The theatre is dedicating the production to those members of the local community, and their loved ones, who were lost on Sept. 11.
Also in the cast are Mark Baker, Noah Bean, Michael B. Downing, John Fiedler, Catherine Gaffigan, Bryan Hicks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adriane Lenox, Rafael O'Dell Shapiro and Haley Willis.
Seasoned film veteran Hingle ("The Grifters," "Splendor in the Grass") will play the narrator-like Stage Manager. Wood, who stars on Broadway this fall in Hollywood Arms, is Dr. Gibbs, the father of the play's young hero, George Gibbs, who is played by Bean. Wong and Hayden are Mr. and Mrs. Webb, the mother of George's love Emily Webb, portrayed by Howard.
Baker was nominated for a Tony Award for 1974 Candide. Fiedler acted in a previous Broadway version of Our Town, as well as The Crucible. Adriane Lenox performed in Ain't Misbehavin' on Broadway and Off-Broadway. Tickets are currently on sale. Call (631) 725-9500.
A major staging of Our Town was seen at the Westport Country Playhouse earlier this summer, with Paul Newman (the staging is reportedly angling for Broadway). Another mounting was scheduled at Broadway's Roundabout Theatre Company later this season, but was recently called off.
— By Robert Simonson