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ON DEMAND: A Totally Disrespectful Evening of Short Plays by Joy Behar

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Sunday, October 25 - December 31, 2020
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A Totally Disrespectful Evening of Short Plays by Joy Behar
A Virtual Benefit Reading
Directed by John Gould Rubin 

Starring Bob Balaban, Brynne Amelia Ballan, Chris Bauer, Joy Behar, Lorraine Bracco, Rachel Dratch, Susie Essman, Paul Hecht, Danny Hoch, Robert Klein, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dylan McDermott, Albert Jack Peterson, Linda Smith, Brenda Vaccaro, and Steven Weber.

Five short, comic pieces performed by a dazzling array of funny performers (and maybe even the playwright!) 

The evening will benefit Guild Hall and two other non-profit organizations, Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, and JBJ Soul Kitchen.

  • Bob Balaban

    Bob Balaban’s directing credits include the long running off-Broadway play The Exonerated (Drama Desk award, Outer Critic’s Circle award), The Blue Deep at Williamstown, and the world premiere of Lawrence Wright’s play Cleo at Houston’s Alley Theater.

    He directed Susan Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes in HBO’s Bernard and Doris (Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations,) Lifetime’s Georgia O’Keefe with Joan Allen and Jermey Irons (Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations,) and created, produced, and co-starred in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park (Academy Award, Bafta Award, SAG Award, Golden Globe Award).

    Bob has appeared  in over a hundred movies including Midnight Cowboy, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Absence of Malice, Waiting for Guffman, Moonrise Kingdom, Monuments Men, and Wes Anderson’s soon to be released French Dispatch.

  • Brynne Ballan

    Brynne Ballan has been acting, singing, and dancing for as long as she can remember. Regional credits include: Sound of Music (Marta), Annie (Kate), Elf, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast. Brynne would like to thank Bethany Dellapolla, Joy Behar and John Gould  Rubin  for this special opportunity as well as Gateway Acting School, Barbara Mordente (dance), and Vivienne Grizzle-Jaber (voice) for their constant guidance and support.

  • Chris Bauer

    Chris Bauer recently played Bobby Dwyer on three seasons of HBO's The Deuce, where he also co-starred in The Wire, and the long running True Blood. On stage, he has originated roles in plays by John Patrick Stanley, Jez Butterworth, and David Mamet, appeared on Broadway in Streetcar Named Desire, and is an ensemble member of Atlantic Theater Company. He co-stars in the upcoming Warner Brothers film The Little Things with Denzel Washington and Rami Malek, and recently starred as Deke Slayton in the Apple TV series For All Mankind. Originally from Los Angeles, Chris has been a part time resident of Sag Harbor since 2006.

  • Joy Behar

    Joy Behar is an Emmy award winning co-host of The View. Acting TV credits include Baby Boom, and Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes. She has performed stand-up comedy for over thirty years and appeared in several films, including Nora Ephron’s This is Your Life, and Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery.  In theatre, she starred in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain, and The Vagina Monologues. She wrote and starred in her own one woman show, Me, My Mouth,  and I, which ran at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Most recently, she wrote a book, The Great Gasbag: An A to Z Guide to Surviving Trump World. She is currently writing plays during the pandemic to keep her sane. 

  • Lorraine Bracco

    Lorraine Bracco is an Academy Award and Emmy-nominated Actress, best known for her role as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who treated New Jersey mafia heavyweight Tony Soprano on HBO’s series The Sopranos and as Karen Hill in the Martin Scorsese film, Goodfellas.  She appeared for 6 seasons on TNT’s blockbuster hit series, Rizzoli & Isles, playing the Rizzoli family matriarch; she co-stars in the much-lauded BBC comedy, Jerk; and recently shot indie feature, The Birthday Cake, opposite Shiloh Fernandez, Ewan McGregor, and Val Kilmer. She also hosts the HLN true crime show, The Dead Wives Club and her new HGTV show My Big Italian Adventure premieres this Fall. Her nationally best-selling memoir, On the Couch, was published by Penguin Random House in 2006 and her diet & nutrition book, To the Fullest, was published by Rodale Books in Winter 2015. Lorraine has two daughters, Margaux and Stella, and has recently become a grandmother.  She splits her time between New York and Los Angeles. 

  • Rachel Dratch

    Rachel Dratch started out at Chicago’s Second City theater and went on to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live for seven years. She has appeared in numerous tv shows, plays and films and she lives in NYC.

  • Susie Essman

    Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all ten seasons of the critically-acclaimed HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and is in pre-production for season eleven. Her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults have become her character’s trademark. The Los Angeles Times calls Susie, “The most lyrical purveyor of profanity on television.  She makes the entire cast of  “The Sopranos” look like rank amateurs.  It really is a gift.” The New York Times called Susie “one of the most vivid characters in the show, whose off-color tantrums have become an audience favorite the way Kramer's clumsy entrances once were”. The New York Observer (which calls her “fantastic”) says “she's taken female cursing to longshoreman levels, pummeling her bumbling, barrel-bodied husband with potty-mouthed invectives like 'You fat fuck!'”.  Susie’s streetwise vernacular is perfectly suited for her life in Manhattan where she has been a veteran of the world of stand up comedy for thirty-seven years.  Currently, while performing recurring roles on Comedy Central's Broad City; Tru TV's Those Who Can't and NBC's Law & Order: SVU, Susie divides her time between New York City and upstate New York where she lives with her husband, four step-children, and a dog.

  • Paul Hecht

    Paul Hecht has been an actor for quite a long time. He has received a Tony Nomination for Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1968) and an Obie for Pirandello’s Henry IV (1990). He has been in dozens of plays in NYC and around the country including the title role of Cyrano in the world premiere of Anthony Burgess' adaptation at the Old Guthrie. He has recorded many books, and curated a poetry series at the old Cornelia Street Café. He is very fond of children and reads to Pre-K classes in deepest Brooklyn. He also likes Dogs and volunteers at ARF. He lives in the Springs and Brooklyn with the lighting designer Peggy Eisenhauer.

  • Danny Hoch

    Danny Hoch is a writer and actor whose plays have toured the U.S. and the world garnering many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Drama, 2 OBIE Awards, Sundance Playwriting and Screenwriting Fellowships, the CalArts/Alpert Award In Theatre and he was named a USA Ford Fellow for his contributions to the American Theatre. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, New York Times, Harper's, The NationAmerican Theatre, and various books: Out Of Character, Extreme Exposure, Total Chaos and his own Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop by Villard/Random House. His writing and acting credits for TV and film include The Knick, Maniac, Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order, The Good Wife, Blackhawk Down, War Of The Worlds, Lucky You, We Own The Night, BamboozledBlackKklansman, She’s Gotta Have It, Prison Song, Some People, Subway StoriesThin Red Line, Ted, Home, Whiteboys, and Henry’s Crime. Mr. Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival which has presented scores of Hip-Hop Generation plays from around the globe for two decades.

  • Robert Klein

    For more than forty years, Robert Klein has entertained audiences, and has an acclaimed career in comedy, on Broadway, on television, and in film.

    In the spring of 2017, his documentary “Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg” aired on STARZ.  The special is a hilarious look at his life and career, featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, David Steinberg, Fred Willard, John Stewart, Jay Leno and others discussing Klein’s influence on their careers, comedy as a whole, and their reverence of his comedic genius.

    Born in the Bronx, he was a member of the famed “Second City” theatrical troupe in Chicago.

    He was nominated twice for Grammy Awards for “Best Comedy Album of the Year” for his albums “Child of the Fifties” and “Mind Over Matter.”

    He received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, “They’re Playing Our Song.” In 1993, Klein won an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in Wendy Wasserstein’s, “The Sisters Rosensweig.”

    In 1975, Klein was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on Home Box Office. He has gone on to do nine one-man shows for HBO and received his first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics in 2001 for Robert Klein: “Child in His 50’s.”  Klein released “Robert Klein: The HBO Specials 1975-2005,” a collector’s DVD box set to critical acclaim.

    His special for HBO, “Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced earned him a second Emmy nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. The special is available on DVD.

    Among dozens of starring and guest-starring roles on television, he co-starred in the hit NBC series, “Sisters,” has a recurring guest-starring role on “Law and Order” and has guest starred on “The Good Wife” and “Royal Pains.”  He regularly appeared on talk shows, making more than 100 appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” 

    Currently, he can be seen on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he is a show favorite, and on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

    He’s appeared on “Madame Secretary” starring Tea Leoni on CBS, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” and ”Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” starring Ian Ziering, on Syfy. He guest starred as Laura Diamond’s grouchy but loveable father, Leo, on NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura.”  Most recently, he appears as Grace’s father, Martin Adler on “Will and Grace,” starring Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. 

    Klein has also appeared in many notable films including, “Hooper,” “The Owl and the Pussycat,” “Primary Colors,” “People I Know,” “Two Weeks Notice,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” and “The Back-Up Plan” with Jennifer Lopez.

    “The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue,” his first book for Simon & Schuster, is an affectionate coming-of-age memoir about growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s before embarking on a show business career. In it he recounts his journey from an apartment in the Bronx, developing his talent in Chicago and the beginning of his show business stardom. The book is pure Robert Klein: witty, honest, self-questioning and always contagiously funny. Publishers Weekly wrote: "...he unfurls an array of captivating anecdotes, writing with wry wit and honesty." 

    Robert, a lifelong New Yorker, makes his homes in Westchester and in New York City.

  • Irene Sofia Lucio

    Irene Sofia Lucio is an actress, writer and producer. She originated and developed her role in Slave Play which closed its Broadway run in January. Her NY credits include: Wit (Broadway), Slave Play (NYTW), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb), Orange Julius (Rattlestick), Love and Information (NYTW), King Liz (Second Stage). Regional credits include El Huracan, Romeo and Juliet (Yale Rep), Bad Jews (Studio Theater DC), Pygmalion (CalShakes). Film and TV: The Americans, The Bartlett, Elementary, Gossip Girl, Casi Casi. She is known for co-creating the viral webseries: Bilingual Underrepresented Titless Sallies (BUTS)- which was nominated twice for an Imagen award and won the Best Comedic short award at the NBCUniversal Short Film Festival. She is in pre-production of an animated series and developing several TV shows. A member of the Actor's Center, she graduated from Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama. She is originally from San Juan, PR. 

  • Dylan McDermott

    Dylan McDermott is an American actor, director, and screenwriter, best known for his role of the law firm head Bobby Donnell in The Practice TV series from 1997 to 2004, for which he received a Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama”. He also had the role of FBI Agent Max Canary in The Grid (2004) TV series and Duncan Collinsworth in the series Big Shots from 2007 to 2008. One of the Dylan’s most notable roles were in the first 2 seasons of the TV series American Horror Story, titled American Horror Story: Murder House (2011) where he played the role of Dr. Ben Harmon, and American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013) where he starred as a character named Johnny Morgan. Dylan came back for 1 more episode of the show in 2018, titled Return to Murder House, as Ben Harmon.

    Apart from starring in other TV series such as Dark Blue (2009-2010), Hostages (2013-2014), Stalker (2014-2015), LA to Vegas (2018), and The Politician (2019), he has had many recognized roles as a film actor. In 1990, he starred in the sci-fi Hardware, then had a lead role in Where Sleeping Dogs Lie (1991) with Sharon Stone, In the Line of Fire (1993) with Clint Eastwood and Rene Russo, and Three to Tango (1999) alongside Matthew Perry. Dylan also starred in Texas Rangers (2001) with Ashton Kutcher, Rachael Leigh Cook, and James Van Der Beek, and Wonderland (2003) with Kate Bosworth and Lisa Kudrow. In 2013, Dylan McDermott had a lead role of Forbes in Olympus Has Fallen alongside Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman, and another prominent role of Don in The Clovehitch Killer (2018).

  • Albert Jack Peterson

    Albert Jack Peterson is 13 years old and began acting 5 years ago at The Gateway Playhouse. His first role was Michael in Peter Pan. Regional Theater: The Sound of Music (Friedrich vonTrapp), Beauty and the Beast (ensemble), A Christmas Story The Musical (Flick u/s performed, ensemble), Gypsy (newsboy). Film: Clifford The Big Red Dog (2020), Running Scared (2019).  

  • Linda Smith

    Linda Smith was born and raised in Cresskill, New Jersey, about 9 miles from the George Washington Bridge.  After graduating from High School she moved to Boston Massachusetts to begin a career in stand-up comedy while always working towards returning to the New York area.  Four years later she was back and working all the major clubs in New York City. Linda went on to become a headliner at clubs and colleges across the country.  She also appeared as a featured comedienne on numerous television programs including “The Conan O’Brien Show”, “HBO’s Women of the Night”, and countless programs on Comedy Central.  Her more recent television appearances were “Good Morning America Now”, “The Today Show” and “CW11 Morning News”. Eventually she made the transition into comedy writing for television.  For 3 ½ years she was a staff writer on the Emmy Award winning “Rosie O’Donnell Show”.  After that she became a staff writer for the “Caroline Rhea Show” and then a freelance writer for HBO.  All the while she was maintaining and honing her live stand-up act. Currently in addition to working the clubs, Linda is teaching comedy writing and performance at the Manhattan Comedy School and she has a private coaching business.

  • Brenda Vaccaro

    Brenda Vaccaro is truly an icon of stage and screen. During her illustrious career, she has been nominated for an Academy Award, won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, a Theater World Award, People’s Choice Award and been nominated three times for a Tony Award. Born in Brooklyn, Brenda was raised in Dallas, Texas. She returned to New York City to enroll in the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse and later debuted on Broadway in John Patrick’s play Everybody Loves Opal, with Eileen Heckart, for which she received a Theatre World Award. She later starred on Broadway in shows including The Affair, The Natural Look, Children from Their Games, Father’s Day, and Neil Simon’s Jake’s Women, and The Odd Couple. In California, she starred in the one-woman show Full Gallop, as fashion mogul Diana Vreeland. She was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Abe Burrows comedy Cactus Flower; Herb Gardner’s The Goodbye People; and George Abbott’s musical How Now, Dow Jones. While she was performing in the latter show, director John Schlesinger chose her to star with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in the groundbreaking film Midnight Cowboy, which won the Oscar for Best Picture and earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Ms. Vaccaro went on to star in numerous films, including Going Home with Robert Mitchum, Capricorn One with Hal Holbook, Airport ’77 with Jack Lemon, I Love My Wife with Elliott Gould, Summertree with Michael Douglas, Supergirl with Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty’s Love Affair, Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, Cookie with Peter Falk, Susan Seidelman’s Boynton Beach Club, Where It’s At, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination and won the Golden Globe, and was Academy Award-nominated for her performance in Once Is Not Enough, based on Jacqueline Susann’s best-selling novel directed by Guy Green. Aside from making guest appearances on such shows as Friends and Nip/Tuck, Ms. Vaccaro has starred on television in three series of her own: Sara, for which she was an Emmy Award nominee, Dear Detective, and Paper Dolls. She won an Emmy Award for her performance on the comedy special The Shape of Things; and was Emmy- nominated for guesting on The Golden Girls and for Barry Levinson’s HBO telefilm You Don’t Know Jack, with Al Pacino. She can also be seen on Netflix in GYPSY with Naomi Watts and most recently in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Among her other many notable telefilms and miniseries are Stanley Kramer’s: The Trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg; Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, with Emmy winner Powers Boothe; Sunshine; Honor Thy Father; A Long Way Home; and The Pride of Jesse Hallam, with Johnny Cash. She has lent her distinctive voice to memorable commercials, and to creating characters on animated television series; fans will remember hearing Ms. Vaccaro as Mama Bravo on Johnny Bravo and Scruple on The Smurfs. Her other voice work includes roles on such series as American Dad, Spawn, and Darkwing Duck, to name a few and can also be heard in the Oscar-nominated Laika animated film Kubo and the Two Strings. Brenda currently resides in NYC and Los Angeles with her pug named “Christina Maria”.

  • Steven Weber

    Steven Weber made his NY stage debut opposite Geraldine Page in Odets' Paradise

    Lost and soon made it to Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing. After a stint on

    As the World Turns he went on to appear in The Flamingo Kid, Hamburger Hill, Single White Female, The Temp, Jeffrey and Dracula: Dead and Loving It! On TV Weber played the young JFK in the miniseries The Kennedy's of Massachusetts and Jack Torrence in ABC’s remake of The Shining. But it was the NBC sitcom Wings, where Weber gained national attention, and again 10 years later in Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip where he received wide critical praise. Returning to the stage, Weber played Leo Bloom in the hit Broadway production The Producers, starred in National Anthems at London’s Old Vic and again on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick in The Philanthropist as well as appearing at The Hollywood Bowl in acclaimed productions of Mamma Mia and Annie. Other tv projects include Murder In the First, Chasing Life, IZombie and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Most recently he was seen on HBO’s Ballers, 13 Reasons Why, Get Shorty and opposite Fran Drescher in NBC’s Indebted. He is also a notable audiobook narrator, winning awards for his reading of Stephen King’s It, among many others.

  • John Gould Rubin

    John Gould Rubin, Artistic Director of The Private Theater, for which he directed a site-specific Hedda Gabler, a radical deconstruction of Strindberg’s Playing With Fire at The Box and Rocco, Chelsea, Adriana, Sean, Claudia, Gianna, Alex at HERE; and former co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth, for which he directed 7 plays including premieres by John Patrick Shanley and Erin Cressida Wilson. He’s directed throughout NYC at Rattlestick, Ma-Yi, and The Public among others, notably: Turn Me Loose (w/Joe Morton) at The Westside (nominated Best Director Jos. Callaway Award/SDC), The Wallis-Annenberg in LA and Arena Stage in DC; Peer Gynt at The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway, Queen For A Day (w/David Proval & Vinnie Pastore off-Broadway,) The Cherry Orchard (w/Ellen Burstyn at The Actor’s Studio,) American Buffalo (w/Treat Williams and Stephen Adly Guirgis.) Current projects: A Doll House radically re-imagined w/The Private Theatre, Godless by Michael Ricigliano, Jr. off-Broadway, a radically re-imagined, King Lear w/Joe Morton at The Wallis Annenberg in LA and the premier of Emmett: Down in my Heart at the H.A.U. Theater to be co-produced with Label-Noir, an Afro-German theater company, in Berlin, Germany.

  • Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center

    The mission of the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center is to offer quality educational and enrichment programs for our children and youth. The Center has an after-school program and a Summer program, rich in the humanities and individual learning support. We have teen programs, college prep, SAT classes, and we are developing a vocational training program for young adults. We want to level the playing field for our underserved, community of color. We are a lifeline for working families. We are a family, teaching the youth that we serve to become good citizens. Our food pantry that served 70 individuals month Pre-COVID, is now serving over 700 per week. Our THINKING FORWARD LECTURE SERIES, “Equality Matters in the Hamptons” is for the entire community. It educates and opens hearts and minds to important conversations. Get to Know Us. www.bhccrc.org 


  • JBJ Soul Kitchen

    Hope is delicious at the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a non-profit community restaurant with a social mission to enrich and empower lives through food, advocacy, and community. Unlike pay what you want community restaurant models, the JBJ Soul Kitchen is a Pay It Forward community restaurant where dignity and respect are always on the menu. Paying guests donate a minimum of $20 for a three-course meal, which goes toward meals for guests in need. Guests unable to pay are invited to enjoy a meal and learn how volunteering at the restaurant can help support their individual and family needs—from access to available resources in the community through our partner network to tasty meals in a warm and friendly atmosphere. JBJ Soul Kitchen is a program of the JBJ Soul Foundation. For locations and hours, please visit www.jbjsoulkitchen.org

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Theater Programming supported in part by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Barbara Slifka, The Schaffner Family Foundation, Brown Harris Stevens, Michael Balmuth, Lang Insurance, Marders, and funding from The Ellen and James S. Marcus Endowment for Musical Programming and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.
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