November 14
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Bay Street Theater is proud to present Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play A Raisin in the Sun as its Literature Live! presentation this fall. Now heading into its second decade, this BOCES- approved program celebrates classic American literature and Bay Street is thrilled to produce this landmark piece of theater during its sixtieth anniversary year. Join the unforgettable members of the Younger family as they experience both tragedy and triumph in 1959 Chicago. Lit Live! is a free program for student audiences and creates compelling drama from the page to the stage bringing together professional theater artists.

"A Raisin in the Sun” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.



Literature Live! is Bay Street Theater’s flagship educational program which presents free, fully produced professional theatrical performances based on classic American literature used in school curricula.  Featuring professional Equity actors and designers, the program includes post-production talk-backs with the cast as well as a resource guide and lesson plans prepared by BST for teachers to use in the classroom before and after attending the performance, making the performance as enriching for students as possible. 

Literature Live! is designed specifically with middle and high school age students in mind. The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing, and telling their stories right before their eyes.

Now in its 11th year, Literature Live! has served over 30,000 students from nearly 60 public, private, and homes schools across Long Island stretching from Great Neck to Montauk.


Lead Sponsor:

The Bay Street Board of Trustees


Also sponsored in part by 

Colgate-Palmolive, the Dana Foundation, Fridolin Charitable Trust, Susan Dusenberry, The National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Lou & Sal Ranieri, Sunny & Abe Rosenberg Foundation, Theater Venture, Inc., Town of Southampton, Irvin Stern Foundation

Other Shows

Who Needs A Script
Category: Education September 14 through October 19

Students learn the basics of improvisation and deepen their theater skills while developing their prowess as improvisers through a variety of exercises, games and improv forms. A final presentation occurs on the last day of class on the Bay Street stage for friends and family!

Meet Willy Shakes!
Category: Education September 14 through October 19

In this class middle and high school students are introduced to the plays, characters and world of William Shakespeare. Students will work on scenes and develop characters from the Bard’s plays as well as get a healthy dose of Shakespeare’s life and times. The class will culminate in a final presentation for friends and family on the Bay Street stage!

Teen Scene
Category: Education September 14 through October 19

Teen actors will work on material from the contemporary and classical theater. In addition, participants will be exposed to a variety of different acting approaches: Stanislavski, Strasberg and Meisner, among them. Final scenes will be presented on the last day of class on the Bay Street stage for friends and family!

Everybody Can Act
Category: Education September 9 through October 28

This very popular offering returns to Bay Street in the fall of 2019! Join Bay Street’s Director of Education and Community Outreach Allen O’Reilly in this community-based offering where participants will learn the basics of theater and acting technique, trough games, short scenes and improvisation. All members of the class will work on a monologue as well as a scene that will be presented on the Bay Street stage on the final day of class!

World Story Wednesdays
Category: Education September 11 through October 16

Students explore classic fairy tales and world stories and become familiar with the basic theater training techniques of building focus, concentration and creating an ensemble and showcase their work and at a final performance for friends and family on the Bay Street stage!

Just For Laughs Improv!
Category: Education September 11 through October 30

Join improv master Scott Baker and learn both short form and character development improvisation techniques. Participants will gain confidence in life as well as on the stage and have the opportunity to impress their friends and family in a final showcase on the last day of class!

Film Screening of A RAISIN IN THE SUN
Category: Education October 20 at 2:00pm

A Raisin in the Sun follows a poor black family that receives $10,000 from a life insurance policy after the father’s death. Instead of providing salvation, the money causes intense disagreements over what should...

Category: Education October 25 through October 27

A Halloween-themed musical revue directed and choreographed by Helene Leonard, featuring all of your favorite monsters and ghouls with a cast of local young performers.