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A World Within a World: The Bay Houses of Long Island

Directed by Barbara Weber, A World Within a World: The Bay Houses of Long Island (2020, 58 min.) explores the symbiotic relationship between nature and mankind.  Focusing on the South Shore bay homes of Hempstead, Long Island, Weber captures the perseverance and dedication of generational bay homeowners. Preserving century long traditions, battling eroding marshlands, and enduring hurricane strength storms are just some of the many tribulations these families face.

A resident of Long Beach, NY, Barbara would notice the bay houses as she periodically drove over the Loop Parkway from where several bay houses can be seen. For years she had been very curious about these other worldly structures that looked as if they were built during a much earlier time. It wasn’t until she came upon a sign within the Lido Beach Nature Preserve that she learned that these were called bay houses. 

“I was so excited and felt compelled to tell this story,” says Barbara Weber. “I couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a documentary on them. Having scored the soundtrack for over 33 films, basically you are a storyteller yourself. I knew I had what it took to put this film together. I then found Nancy Solomon, the director of Long Island Traditions who wrote a book about the bay houses; now in its second edition. Nancy was able to secure the bulk of funding for this project and bring me and my crew into the bay house world.”

The Film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Guild Hall Executive Director Andrea Grover with Director Barbara Weber, Nancy Solomon, the Director of Long Island Traditions, artist Daniel Pollera.

Click HERE to view the film’s trailer.


THIS PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required indoors for all guests over the age of two, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

New Light Theater Project’s Production of Hitler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Members click HERE for discounted tickets!

An Award-Winning Play by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Directed by Sarah Norris

Featuring Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp, Kaitlin Paige Longoria, and Hannah Mae Sturges

Inspired by true events.

Just because you align yourself with a dictator doesn’t mean you get a pass. It’s Germany in 1943 and three times a day, every day, a group of young German women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. They want to love, laugh, and above all they want to survive.

History has revealed that Margot Woelk was a German secretary who, among 15 young women in 1942, were selected to taste German leader Adolf Hitler’s food at the Wolf’s Lair in East Prussia for two-and-a-half years in order to confirm that it was safe to eat. She was the only one of the 15 to survive World War II, and her background as Hitler’s food taster was not revealed until a newspaper interview on her 95th birthday in December 2012. (Wikipedia)

One of the best evenings I’ve spent in the theater in a long time. It was interesting, entertaining, upsetting, and it made you think.”- Susan Stroman, Legendary Director and Choreographer

Hitler’s Tasters made its World Premiere on April 6, 2018 at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ, with Sarah Norris as the Director and Catherine Rust as the Producing Director. The play made its New York City premiere on October 5, 2018 with New Light Theater Project. It is the recipient of 2017 Women Playwrights Series, Susan Glaspell Award, named ‘Best of Fringe’ by The Stage UK and was a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hitler’s Tasters premiere at Centenary Stage Co. was done so with additional developmental support from Pacific Resident Theatre, The Boston Court Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and Wordsmyth Theatre. New Light Theater Project’s production of Hitler’s Tasters was originally presented at IRT Theater in the fall 2018, followed by limited runs at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Skokie, IL), The E2E Festival at 59E59 Theaters (NYC) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, all in the summer of 2019.

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.


THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required indoors for all guests over the age of two, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

New Light Theater Project’s Production of Hitler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Members click HERE for discounted tickets!

THIS PERFORMANCE ONLY.  A post-show talkback and audience Q&A moderated by Susan Stroman with the playwright, director, and cast.

An Award-Winning Play by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Directed by Sarah Norris

Featuring Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp, Kaitlin Paige Longoria, and Hannah Mae Sturges

Inspired by true events.

Just because you align yourself with a dictator doesn’t mean you get a pass. It’s Germany in 1943 and three times a day, every day, a group of young German women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. They want to love, laugh, and above all they want to survive.

History has revealed that Margot Woelk was a German secretary who, among 15 young women in 1942, were selected to taste German leader Adolf Hitler’s food at the Wolf’s Lair in East Prussia for two-and-a-half years in order to confirm that it was safe to eat. She was the only one of the 15 to survive World War II, and her background as Hitler’s food taster was not revealed until a newspaper interview on her 95th birthday in December 2012. (Wikipedia)

One of the best evenings I’ve spent in the theater in a long time. It was interesting, entertaining, upsetting, and it made you think.”- Susan Stroman, Legendary Director and Choreographer

Hitler’s Tasters made its World Premiere on April 6, 2018 at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ, with Sarah Norris as the Director and Catherine Rust as the Producing Director. The play made its New York City premiere on October 5, 2018 with New Light Theater Project. It is the recipient of 2017 Women Playwrights Series, Susan Glaspell Award, named ‘Best of Fringe’ by The Stage UK and was a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hitler’s Tasters premiere at Centenary Stage Co. was done so with additional developmental support from Pacific Resident Theatre, The Boston Court Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and Wordsmyth Theatre. New Light Theater Project’s production of Hitler’s Tasters was originally presented at IRT Theater in the fall 2018, followed by limited runs at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Skokie, IL), The E2E Festival at 59E59 Theaters (NYC) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, all in the summer of 2019.

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.


THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required indoors for all guests over the age of two, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

New Light Theater Project’s Production of Hitler’s Tasters by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Members click HERE for discounted tickets!

An Award-Winning Play by Michelle Kholos Brooks

Directed by Sarah Norris

Featuring Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp, Kaitlin Paige Longoria, and Hannah Mae Sturges

Inspired by true events.

Just because you align yourself with a dictator doesn’t mean you get a pass. It’s Germany in 1943 and three times a day, every day, a group of young German women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolf Hitler’s food tasters. And what do girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal? Like all girls, throughout time, they gossip and dream, they question and dance. They want to love, laugh, and above all they want to survive.

History has revealed that Margot Woelk was a German secretary who, among 15 young women in 1942, were selected to taste German leader Adolf Hitler’s food at the Wolf’s Lair in East Prussia for two-and-a-half years in order to confirm that it was safe to eat. She was the only one of the 15 to survive World War II, and her background as Hitler’s food taster was not revealed until a newspaper interview on her 95th birthday in December 2012. (Wikipedia)

One of the best evenings I’ve spent in the theater in a long time. It was interesting, entertaining, upsetting, and it made you think.”- Susan Stroman, Legendary Director and Choreographer

Hitler’s Tasters made its World Premiere on April 6, 2018 at Centenary Stage, Hackettstown, NJ, with Sarah Norris as the Director and Catherine Rust as the Producing Director. The play made its New York City premiere on October 5, 2018 with New Light Theater Project. It is the recipient of 2017 Women Playwrights Series, Susan Glaspell Award, named ‘Best of Fringe’ by The Stage UK and was a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Hitler’s Tasters premiere at Centenary Stage Co. was done so with additional developmental support from Pacific Resident Theatre, The Boston Court Theatre, Geffen Playhouse and Wordsmyth Theatre. New Light Theater Project’s production of Hitler’s Tasters was originally presented at IRT Theater in the fall 2018, followed by limited runs at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (Skokie, IL), The E2E Festival at 59E59 Theaters (NYC) and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, all in the summer of 2019.

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.


THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required indoors for all guests over the age of two, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

End of Summer Outdoor Silent Dance Party!

Join us for the finale of an incredible 90th season by dancing to the beat of your own playlist! Quiet Events Silent Disco DJ’s will be spinning songs from the 70’s to today that will play on wireless headsets with three channels. The dance party will take place in the festive John Drew Backyard Theater, so grab your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers and head to Guild Hall on Sunday, September 5 from 8-11pm for the most fun you will ever have!

Additionally, the façade of the building will be lit up with a special video installation, TimeSpace, by artist Christine Sciulli.

Skip the lines and reserve your headphones in advance – which also guarantees you will get them on arrival! Headsets can be rented on site, but advance reservations are recommended.

Wine, beer, cocktails and snacks will be available at our new eAT Coffee Bar, located in the front lobby.


Face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated guests and children under the age of 2 for all outdoor programs. Face coverings are required for guests who are not fully vaccinated at all programs at Guild Hall including outdoors in the John Drew Backyard Theater and elsewhere on the property.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to attending.

2020: An Evening of Short Plays Directed by Bob Balaban

How was your year?

Back by popular demand! Join us LIVE in the theater, as some of America’s best performers read short monologues from some of America’s best playwrights musing on how we spent everyone’s least favorite year, “2020.”  Featuring Sandra Bernhard, Blythe Danner, Edie Falco, Paul Hecht, Isaac Mizrahi, and Ben Shenkman reading pieces by Jon Robin Baitz, Lynn Grossman, R.G. Masons, Anya Richkind, Paul Rudnick, and Sarah Ruhl. Directed by Academy Award nominee and Bafta Award winner Bob Balaban.

Run time: Approx. 1 hour
Tickets $50/$40 for Guild Hall Members

Not a Member? Click HERE to join today!

The Program

Day of Days by Lynn Grossman, performed by Edie Falco

The Character Actor by Sarah Ruhl  performed by Paul Hecht

All the Old Familiar Places by Jon Robin Baitz performed by Blythe Danner

Play Bills by Paul Rudnick performed by Isaac Mizrahi

Lenny T. by R. G. Masons performed by Ben Shenkman

Ms. Davy’s 2nd Period Advanced Theater Now On Zoom by Anya Richkind performed by Sandra Bernhard

“MR. DAVY’S 2ND PERIOD ADVANCED THEATER NOW ON ZOOM” by Anya Richkind  was originally produced by The 24 Hour Plays on April 21, 2020.

THIS PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required for all guests over the age of two.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

Staged Reading of Crisis in Queens by Joy Behar

FLASH SALE! 50% off Full-Priced Tickets with Code FLASH50 until 4PM on 9/1. Simply click HERE or use the code at checkout!


Staged Reading of Crisis in Queens by Joy Behar

Featuring Catherine Curtin, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dave Quay, Annabella Sciorra, Matt Servitto, Brenda Vaccaro, and Steven Weber
Directed by John Gould Rubin
Casting: Jack Doulin
Stage Manager: Monica Moore

Stage Directions: Cameron King

You know Joy from co-hosting The View. Maybe you know her from her stellar stand-up career. But who knew, this versatile humorist, commentator, comedienne and writer is branching out into playwrighting?

Relationships are hard and marriage is work. Guild Hall is delighted to present a debut staged reading of Joy Behar’s new, full-length comedy, Crisis in Queens. Annabella Sciorra plays an unhappy 40-something Queens funeral parlor employee with dreams of being a professional singer. She blames her husband, portrayed by Steven Weber, for her life’s failures – and proceeds in setting off a chain of events in which she gets so much more than she ever bargained for. But sometimes relationships need a little shaking up!

The comical cast of characters also  incudes Catherine Curtin, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dave Quay, Matt Servitto, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Run time: Approx. 75 minutes

Also performing on September 3.

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

Staged Reading of Crisis in Queens by Joy Behar

FLASH SALE! 50% off Full-Priced Tickets with Code FLASH50 ends at 4PM on 9/1. Simply click HERE or use the code at checkout!


Staged Reading of Crisis in Queens by Joy Behar

Featuring Catherine Curtin, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dave Quay, Annabella Sciorra, Matt Servitto, Brenda Vaccaro, and Steven Weber
Directed by John Gould Rubin
Casting: Jack Doulin
Stage Manager: Monica Moore

Stage Directions: Cameron King

You know Joy from co-hosting The View. Maybe you know her from her stellar stand-up career. But who knew, this versatile humorist, commentator, comedienne and writer is branching out into playwrighting?

Relationships are hard and marriage is work. Guild Hall is delighted to present a debut staged reading of Joy Behar’s new, full-length comedy, Crisis in Queens. Annabella Sciorra plays an unhappy 40-something Queens funeral parlor employee with dreams of being a professional singer. She blames her husband, portrayed by Steven Weber, for her life’s failures – and proceeds in setting off a chain of events in which she gets so much more than she ever bargained for. But sometimes relationships need a little shaking up!

The comical cast of characters also  incudes Catherine Curtin, Irene Sofia Lucio, Dave Quay, Matt Servitto, and Brenda Vaccaro.

Run time: Approx. 75 minutes

Also performing on September 3.

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.

Teddy & Jenni do Nashville: A Tribute to The Great Country Duets

THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater. Face coverings are required indoors for all guests, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.


Teddy Thompson and Jenni Muldaur, along with producer David Mansfield, have spent the spring and summer recording the classic duets of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Join them as they perform those tunes and more, live in the John Drew Theater.

Teddy Thompson is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, the only son of British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson. NPR proclaims that he’s “the musical equivalent of an arrow to the heart,” while The New York Times calls his work “beautifully finessed.”

Singer-songwriter, arranger, and producer Jenni Muldaur grew up in a music-intensive environment as the daughter of folk icons Geoff and Maria Muldaur, who both played a crucial part in the ‘60’s folk revival. As well as recording solo albums, she has performed and recorded with Lou Reed, David Byrne, Marianne Faithful, Steely Dan, Ronnie Spector, Eric Clapton and many others. She is a resident of Springs and loves being a part of this incredible artist community on the East End. 

Concessions are available at our new eAT Coffee Bar.

Present History by The Artist Profile Archive – Robert Longo Documentary Film

The Artist Profile Archive presents a new documentary, Present History, on acclaimed contemporary artist Robert Longo, directed by Sophie Chahinian. The film, told in the artist’s own words, captures insights into Longo’s current exhibition A History of the Present and shares the artist’s vision for his future while discussing his upcoming inaugural exhibition at Pace Gallery. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Robert Longo and Sophie Chahinian, founder of The Artist Profile Archive, moderated by Christina Strassfield, Museum Director/ Chief Curator. Excerpts from the film make up a shorter documentary that is now on view in Longo’s exhibition. 

Film run time: 35 minutes followed by 30 minute Q&A


THIS PROGRAM WILL NOW TAKE PLACE INDOORS IN THE JOHN DREW THEATER. Guests attending any INDOOR John Drew Theater programs must show proof of FULL vaccination. At this time, only fully vaccinated guests are permitted to attend programs in the indoor theater.  Face coverings are required indoors for all guests, regardless of vaccinated status.

Click HERE for full COVID-19 information to review prior to your visit.