PLAY IN THE GARDEN: Tree Confessions by Jenny Lyn Bader starring Kathleen Chalfant - Guild Hall
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Tree Confessions by Jenny Lyn Bader starring Kathleen Chalfant

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Sunday, August 22
8PM - 9:15PM
$50 per person
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States
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Directed by Jenny Lyn Bader

Starring Kathleen Chalfant

In a landmark study, a scientist learned everything about how trees communicate. — Or did she? One tree tells the story of what really happened. Its words remind us that human beings and plants live in one interconnected ecosystem: We are not alone on this earth. Kathleen Chalfant stars in a reading of Tree Confessions, the world’s first solo play from the point of view of a tree. The reading will be followed by Q&A with actress and playwright.

Tree Confessions was originally commissioned by This Is Not a Theatre Co. as a site-specific recorded audio play conceived & directed by E.B. Mee. It premiered in 2021 at the Beuys for Future International Exhibit at the Gallery for Sustainable Art in Berlin. 

The playwright has created a new version for live reading expressly for this Guild Hall event. 

Produced by Patricia Watt

OUTDOOR PROGRAM. It is recommended to bring your own chairs/blankets. A limited number of chairs will be available, first come first served.
Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.



Following current New York State guidelines, Guild Hall will no longer require six feet of social distancing in the John Drew Backyard Theater (with the exception of our KidFEST shows). Guests ages 5 and up attending any show besides a KidFEST performance must show proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test results. Face coverings are now optional for fully vaccinated guests and children under the age of 2 for all shows with the exception of KidFEST performances, when masks are required for all patrons over the age of 2 regardless of vaccination status. 

In order to attend non-KidFEST programs in the John Drew Backyard Theater, guests will be responsible for displaying proof of one of the following on arrival:

  • Full vaccination, meaning both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine received at least 14 days prior to the day of the program
  • A negative test result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the program
  • A negative test result from a COVID-19 Antigen test taken within six (6) hours of the program’s scheduled start time
  • Current New York State Excelsior Pass with proof of vaccine or negative testing/Antigen results. Click HERE to download the free app for seamless entry.

Note: Social distancing will continue to be required indoors, for outdoor KidFEST performances, and on the rest of the grounds. Guests will not need to show proof of vaccination or negative test results in these spaces, and will be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status. Please stay home if you don’t feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

As of 5/18/2021

  • Kathleen Chalfant

    BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: A Woman of the World, Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nom.), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington &  Dr. Dubois, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). OTHER NY CREDITS: The Vagina Monologues, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. FILM: Isn’t it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. SELECT TELEVISION Recurring on “The Affair,” “The Strain,” “The Americans,” “House of Cards,” “Rescue Me,” “The Book of Daniel,” “The Guardian,” “Law and Order” “One Life to Live”; “Madam Secretary,” “High Maintenance,” “Elementary,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO), “Georgia O’Keeffe” (Lifetime), “Voices from the White House” (PBS). AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. 2018 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and hold an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.

  • Jenny Lyn Bader

    (Playwright) is a playwright and author. Her plays include Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Luna Stage),  Equally Divine(Theatre at the 14th St. Y), In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions), and None of the Above (New Georges). One-acts include Beta Testing(Symphony Space), Worldness(Humana Festival of New American Plays), and Miss America (NY International Fringe Festival, “Best of Fringe” selection). She has received the “Best Documentary One-Woman Show” Award (United Solo); Athena Playwriting Fellowship; Randall Wreghitt Award, and the O’Neill Center’s Edith Oliver Award for a playwright who has, in the spirit of the late New Yorkercritic, “a caustic wit that deflates the ego but does not unduly damage the human spirit." Jenny Lyn co-founded Theatre 167 —recipient of the Caffè Cino Award (NY Innovative Theatre Foundation) — where she co-authored The Jackson Heights Trilogy, featuring 37 actors playing 93 multicultural roles. Her audio play The International Local is featured on the "Subway Plays" app. Recent work includes Guru of Touch (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), A Wonderful Stroke of Luck(Heroes & Villains monologues, Urban Stages), My First Time(Voting Writes Project), and Strange Happenings at the School Library (co-author, with Martine Sainvil) (Luna Stage). AHarvard graduate, she has been a Lark Playwriting Fellow (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein) and a frequent contributor to the New York Times "Week in Review." Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Vintage, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and Plays International + Europe magazine. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Authors Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, Playwrights Gallery, and Honor Roll. For more, visit

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