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The annual ‘ROCK THE DOCK’ SUMMER BENEFIT BASH on Saturday, July 20, will be hosted by the one and only Susan Lucci. Board member Joy Behar also plans on attending, with a host of other surprise celebrities. Just added to the lineup will be Karen Ziemba, Broadway star and singer. The Gala is being held in honor and memory of the Theatre’s founder and former Artistic Director, Sybil Christopher. Tickets are available online at or by calling Jessica Lemire at 631-725-0818 ext. 129.

The Summer Benefit Bash is Bay Street’s most important fundraising event of the year.  Funds raised from the Gala support Bay Street’s yearlong programming including the Summer Mainstage productions (which this year consist of the current production of LEND ME A TENOR, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, July 2-28, and A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Aug. 6-Sept.1), as well as Educational Outreach Initiatives including Literature Live, Summer College Internships and Theatre Camps and Classes for kids.

“We are so glad and excited that Karen will be joining us at our Summer Gala this summer,” says Executive Director Tracy Mitchell. “To have such an amazing talent perform alongside Susan Lucci is truly amazing. We couldn’t be happier.”

Karen Ziemba received the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of The Wife in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For her performance as Georgia Hendricks in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the TONY, Drama Desk and L.A.’s Ovation Award. Other appearances on and off-Broadway include, Never Gonna Dance (TONY nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award); Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier (TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); And The World Goes ‘Round (Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and leading roles at the New York City Opera in 110 In The Shade and The Most Happy Fella. For Encores! at City Center she starred in Bye Bye Birdie, The Pajama Game, Ziegfeld Follies Of 1936, and Allegro. Regionally she has appeared in The Three Penny Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Six Degrees of Separation, The First Wives Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound (San Diego’s Old Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. and Hartford Stage), Sylvia (New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre) and in Shooting Star (Penguin Rep.). Her film and TV appearances include “The Producers,” “Once More With Feeling,” “Scrubs,” all three “Law and Order” series, The Kennedy Center Honors, in tributes to Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris, and for PBS’ Great Performances, “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies”, “Gershwin at 100”, and “Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall”. Karen has sung on many recordings including several original cast albums and received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Niagara University.

Past attendees include: Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Chris Bauer, Joy Behar, Mel Brooks, Kim Cattrall, Chevy Chase, Blythe Danner, Kelsey Grammer, Marvin Hamlisch, Anne Jackson, Billy Joel, Star Jones, Richard Kind, Nathan Lane, Susan Lucci, Terrence McNally, Rosie O’Donnell, Mercedes Ruehl, Liev Schreiber, B. Smith, Eli Wallach, Naomi Watts and Robert Zimmerman.
This year’s sponsors include: BMW Southampton, The Bridge, Bridgehampton Florist, Channing Daughters Winery, Dan’s Papers, Fairweather Magazine, Four Seasons Costa Rica, Party Rentals Ltd, Peconic Landing, David Yurman at London Jewelers, Madison & Main Restaurant and Bar, Merrill DataSite, Searles Graphics, The Port of Egypt, Southampton Publick House, Sterling Affair Caterers, Suffolk County National Bank, The Ritz Carlton Orlando – Grande Lakes, LIVE with Kelly & Michael; and Donny and Marie Osmond/Live in Las Vegas (list in formation). Interested sponsors should contact the Development Office at 631-725-0818.
Tickets range from $550 per person and VIP tables are available. ALL NEW this year includes the option to join the party from 9 pm – 11 pm for dessert, drinks, dancing for $150; and the after party at B. Smiths. Tickets are available online at or by calling Jessica Lemire at 631-725-0818 ext. 129. Sponsorships are also available by contacting Tim Kofahl at Bay Street at 631-725-0818.  

Posted: July 12, 2013