Performance Archives - Guild Hall

Hamptons Observatory and Guild Hall present A Sky Full of Poems with Dava Sobel

Directed by Josh Gladstone

The skies above have moved us to explore, imagine and express ourselves regardless of who we are or where we live. Across time and nations, the planets, moons and stars we see in our dark skies, the great telescopes and observatories we have created to view and study those wonders, and the spacecraft we have built to explore the heavens, have inspired and added meaning to all our lives. It is not surprising that such experiences have been eloquently–and sometimes humorously–expressed by poets.

Please join Hamptons Observatory and Guild Hall for this free public presentation. Dava Sobel, bestselling author and Poetry Editor of the magazine, “Scientific American,” will discuss how the skies have served to inspire poets. A trio of gifted actors – Nehassaiu deGannes, Laura Hix and Isaac Klein – will recite a selection of celestially-inspired poems which will be accompanied by related visuals, including Apollo by Elizabeth Alexander, Annie Pearl Smith Discovers Moonlight by Patricia Smith, and Three Views of Mars by Jessica Goodfellow.

Registration Required – Free or additional donation
Link will be emailed 24 hours prior to those who register

A Virtual Reading of SQUEAKY by Jeff Cohen

Directed by Bob Balaban
Starring Jessica Hecht, Marc Kudisch, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Ben Shenkman, and Harris Yulin

Drama Desk Award winner Jeff Cohen (The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller) has penned an audacious autobiographical comedy about his eccentric dad, Stan “Squeaky” Cohen. SQUEAKY is about wrestling with end-of-life issues while maintaining your sense of humor.

Characters & Cast
SQUEAKY (Harris Yulin) is the man who was banned from every Old Country Buffet in the metro Baltimore area – for stealing cake. He can’t remember where he lost his car. He lives in Baltimore’s most crime-ridden neighborhood in a ramshackle house that is a city inspection away from being condemned – and refuses to move.

JEFF (Marc Kudish) is the writer living in New York who finds himself battling his brother Rob over what is best for their father. He is being forced to reckon with childhood events he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget.

ROB (Ben Shenkman) is Jeff’s libidinous older brother who just recently joined the “mile high club” with a stranger he met in first class. Rob is a charmer with a felonious past for drug trafficking.

CONNIE (Latanya Richardson Jackson) is Squeaky’s long time roommate and caretaker. She greets strangers at the front door with a baseball bat. In short, she is a kook.

SANDY (Jessica Hecht) is Jeff and Rob’s estranged mother, now dying in a hospice in Baltimore. She wore black to Jeff’s Bar Mitzvah, arrived late and stormed out early. She was a strong proponent of Werner Erhard’s EST – which explains all you need to know about her.

Art as Ecosystem: Building Community through Artist-led Transformative Spaces

A Zoom Conversation with Eric Fischl (The Church), Stephen Petronio (The Petronio Residency Center) and Emily Simoness (SPACE on Ryder Farm)

Moderated by Mary Jane Marcasiano

As multi-dimensional members of the art ecosystem, these three artists have elaborated on or transformed their original artistic careers to include community building. What motivated these art innovators to expand their work to include social issues and community? What were the most significant challenges in envisioning and building their actual physical spaces? How do they define community in the context of their projects? How do they consider equity issues within their programming?

 In 2019, Eric Fischl, Guild Hall, and The Church launched a new series of talks, ART AS ECOSYSTEM, drawing together artists and arts advocates for a conversation examining the art ecosystem’s health, looking beyond the current focus on the “Art Market.” 2019 Part one brought together FLAG Art Foundation’s Glenn Fuhrman, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation President Dorothy Lichtenstein, and MacArthur Genius artist Rick Lowe. The conversation continued with the series second talk between Christine and Andy Hall of the Hall Art Foundation, renowned President of New York Academy of Art, David Kratz, and business strategist and PaceX CEO, Christy MacLear. Guild Hall and The Church are continuing this series in 2021 with two new conversations, focusing on building community through artist-led transformative spaces.

Presented by the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts in association with the Church, produced by Mary Jane Marcasiano and co-produced by Elise Trucks.

Free or suggested donation to support Guild Hall.

A link to the private Zoom will be emailed to ticket holders 24 hours in advance. If you purchase a ticket after that, the link will be emailed automatically in your ticket receipt. Please note that you do need to be signed up for a free Zoom account ahead of time to attend.

Lonnie Holley: Concert and Conversation

Lonnie Holley, the sculptor/artist/musician/filmmaker/educator is an Artist-in-Residence at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton, NY. The residency will culminate with a conversation/performance that will run virtually in collaboration with Guild Hall on November 22.

Holley grew up in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama; the 7th of his mother’s 27 children. His life history reads like fiction, though it’s all true. Taken from his birth family at one and a half by a burlesque dancer who offered to help his mother; left at a “whiskey house” at the age of four; locked up in the notorious Alabama Industrial School for Negro Children at eleven for violating the city’s curfew imposed by Eugene “Bull” Connor.

Holley emerged from the industrial school, which was more of a “slave camp” than a school, a “Little Lost Child.” After a series of odd jobs for the next decade, Holley discovered his true talents as an artist after carving tombstones for his niece and nephew who had been killed in a house fire. He’d never look back. Perhaps best known for his immersive sculptures, his work was recently included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2020 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. His installation Lost Child was featured at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from January-August 2020.

Though he’s been making and self-recording music since the early 1980s, his first album was released in 2012. In late 2018, he released the critically acclaimed third album, Mith, which was named one of the dozen best records of the decade by the New Yorker. In July 2020, he released the album National Freedom. His visual art is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, LA County Museum of Art, and many others. His acclaimed short film, I Snuck Off the Slave Ship, his first as a director, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

OLA of Eastern Long Island presenta OLA’s 17th Annual Latino Film Festival of the Hamptons at Guild Hall “Inside Out”

“Inside Out”
USA, Disney Studios

In Spanish with English subtitles / En Español con subtítulos en Inglés 

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Crecer puede ser un camino lleno de baches, y no es una excepción para Riley, que se ve desarraigada de su vida en el Medio Oeste cuando su padre empieza un nuevo trabajo en San Francisco. Como todos nosotros, Riley se guía por sus emociones: alegría, miedo, ira, disgusto y tristeza. Aunque Alegría, la principal y más importante emoción de Riley, intenta mantener las cosas positivas, las emociones entran en conflicto en cuanto a la mejor manera de navegar una nueva ciudad, casa y escuela.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Huntington Arts Council, Inc.


Virtual Stirring the Pot: Thanksgiving, with Carissa Waechter and Roman Roth

Join Florence Fabricant and special guests Carissa Waechter of Carissa’s The  Bakery in East Hampton and Roman Roth of Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack for a special Thanksgiving Stirring the Pot. They will discuss all things Thanksgiving, what to serve, what and how to bake and what to drink. They’ll answer your cooking questions and provide plenty of useful tips to make the holiday a pleasure for cook and guests.

Zoom link will be emailed to patrons 24 hours prior to show time; please make sure you have signed up for a Zoom account ahead of time.

Annual Fund 2020

The year 2020 has been a doozy. Yet, Guild Hall has continuously worked to be a home and provider for the community: artistically, financially, and spiritually. Since our closure, we are so proud to have supported the regional creative economy by paying local artists and performers over $100,000 and in turn, have provided inventive and exceptional programs that fed the mind and soul. In this time, it’s never been more apparent that artists are our greatest improvisers, and that spirit thrives at Guild Hall.  

Fundamental to Guild Hall’s founding remains the belief that the arts nourish the roots of our society, connect us, and provide meaning. As we close out this year and enter our 90th Anniversary, we are working hard to ensure we carry on for the next ninety. If you have the capacity to donate to the Annual Fund at any level, we need you now more than ever.

Liz Joyce & A Couple of Puppets: Minkie’s Halloween Adventure

Join award-winning puppeteer Liz Joyce and her friends, Minkie the Monkey, Douglas the Blue Dinosaur, and a few scary creatures for a Halloween adventure. Designed for our youngest audiences, ages 3 – 7, this 25 minute puppet show explores themes of sharing and friendship with a slightly spooky twist. 

After the performance, each audience member will receive a take-home puppet making kit, including a pre-recorded lesson with Liz Joyce, and a special Halloween treat from Citarella.

Costumes are welcomed! 

**Your purchase of one ticket covers one full lawn circle, which can sit no more than two people. All circles are distanced 6ft away from others. Masks are required for all patrons over the age of 2. For more detailed information, please visit the JDBT FAQ page. 

STAGE FRIGHT: Four spine-chilling tales woven in the moonlight on All Hallows’ Eve

A small company of costumed actors read short tales of the macabre by Septimus Dale, B.C. Bridges, Richard Matheson and Neil Gaiman from the stage of the John Drew Backyard Theater, complimented by eerie sound, mystifying lights, haunting projections plus some truly startling surprises. The performance is approximately one hour of sheer, socially-distanced dread. Directed by the John Drew Theater’s Artistic Director Josh Gladstone, who previously created Guild Hall’s popular Ghouled Hall immersive events as well as having co-produced with Kate Mueth The Haunt at Mulford Farm, which ran on Main Street for several Halloweens in recent years. 

Vanessa Walters
Trevor Vaughn
Kate Mueth
Josh Gladstone

Lighting Design by Sebastian Paczynski
Projection Design by Liz Joyce & Christine Sciulli
Stage design by Patrick Dawson
Stage projection design by Patrick Dawson & Joe Brondo
Sound Design by David M. Brandenburg

Director: Josh Gladstone
Assistant Director: Tristan Griffin

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

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.