In today’s world, balancing politics, love and the quest for success (along with one’s social media presence) can get complicated. When her ambitious literary circle gets involved with a rowdy Occupy-style movement, young journalist Rose Spencer finds herself in a love triangle where it’s hard to tell the difference between sincere action and skillful self-promotion. Alena Smith offers a smart and savvy portrait of a rising generation in her new comedy.
"A splendid new play...This is a comedy with a poignant edge."
- New York Times
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"Clever and edgy!"
- Huffington Post
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"A wry, thought-provoking portrait of the new millennial generation."
- Walker Vreeland, 102.5 WBAZ-FM
"A biting brutaly honest comedy! The New Sincerity continues Bay Street Theater's recent commitment to presenting challenging, exciting new work to East End audiences. This timely and fun play is a great start to what's sure to be another successful season."
- Dan's Papers
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"Smart and funny!"
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"A thrilling night of theater!"
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"You will leave Bay Street with something to talk about afterward! With its timely take on public protests versus generational apathy, on literary climbing and apartment scarcity in Manhattan, "The New Sincerity" is likely to have legs well beyond Bay Street."
- Southampton Press
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"Smart, quirky, funny and multi-layered comedy! It might not be fair that the rest of the world has to wait, but Bay Street Theater patrons will count themselves fortunate to witness the superlative charm of The New Sincerity before the masses get their chance"
- Sag Harbor Express
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"Sharp-witted and funny!"
- East End Beacon
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Alena Smith was one of Variety's 10 TV Writers To Watch in 2014. She lives in Los Angeles, where she writes for Showtime's The Affair, and previously wrote for HBO's The Newsroom. Alena created the Twitter character Tween Hobo (featured in Paste, The Believer, A.V. Club, and elsewhere); Tween Hobo: Off The Rails, a novel, was published by Gallery Books in 2014. Alena’s plays have been produced internationally, including The Bad Guys, which was made into an independent film. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and studied Philosophy at Haverford College and Oxford. Her essays about writing for theater, TV, and the internet have been published in Grantland and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Bob Balaban’s credits for film include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show; television including Girls, The Good Wife, and Seinfeld; and Broadway (8). He directed Bernard and Doris and Georgia O’Keeffe, among others, and he is the author of a series of children’s novels.
Teddy Bergman (Benjamin) his theater credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Original Broadway Cast), Sex Lives of Our Parents (2nd Stage), Philip Goes Forth (The Mint), The Cloud (Slant Theater), Peter and the Starcatcher (NYTW), Seven Minutes in Heaven (HERE), Hell House (St. Ann’s), I.E. (The Flea), I Was Tom Cruise (Fringe NYC, Best Play Award), and regionally at Williamstown, Huntington, La Jolla. TV credits include: Law and Order: SVU, As The World Turns. Film work includes: Fading Gigolo, Listen Up Philip, Hairbrained, Ex-Girlfriends, Julie and Julia, Little Big League, and Honeymoon in Vegas. As Artistic Director of Woodshed Collective, he has directed and/or conceived productions including: The Confidence Man and The Tenant. His work as a director has been seen at Portland Center Stage, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Columbia University, Space on Ryder Farm, Vineyard Arts Project, and Primary Stages. Currently under commission from Ars Nova Theater, and developing an immersive theater event for acclaimed producer Randy Weiner (Sleep No More, Queen of the Night, Donkey Show).
Peter Mark Kendall (Django) This will be his Bay Street debut. His TV credits include: recurring roles on Girls, The Americans, & Eye Candy; Law and Order: SVU, The Leftovers. Film credits include: Time Out of Mind, Louder Than Bombs, The Ticket, Seven Lovers. Broadway: The Rose Tattoo (concert reading with Patti Lupone and Bobby Cannavale). Theatre: NYTW, Red Bull, Ensemble Studio, Baltimore Center Stage, Trinity Rep, Chautauqua, Gloucester Stage, Baltimore Shakespeare, Studio Theatre (DC), Rep Stage, Kennedy Center. Peter is also a musician, and has created original music for many regional theaters. Training: Proud graduate of Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Acting Program.
Justine Lupe (Rose) can currently be seen as a series regular on the ABC’s hit show Cristela. A Julliard grad, she recently appeared in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha opposite Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver. In 2013, she starred in the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed family drama A Family for all Occasions at the Bank Street Theater. Last year Justine starred in the FOX’s pilot Dead Boss, with David Cross and Jane Krakowski. Additionally, Justine has guest starred in shows such as Shameless, Southland, and Hulu’s Deadbeat.
Elvy Yost (Natasha) her credits include New York: Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons), Black Tie (Primary Stages), The Belle of Belfast (Cherry Lane), Balm in Gilead in a warehouse, music for Ivanov and The Seagull at Lake Lucille. Regional: Romeo and Juliet at Actors Theatre of Louisville and with SF Shakes at Festival del Sole, Curse of the Starving Class (Long Wharf), Richard III and The Merchant of Venice (California Shakespeare Theater), Arcadia (Pear Avenue Theatre). Film: Oldboy, Bandslam, Brightest Star, HowardCantour.com (short). TV: Mildred Pierce, Southland, The Office.
The 2015 Mainstage Season is sponsored in part by New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle; the New York State Council on The Arts, a State Agency; Town of Southampton; The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; The Shubert Foundation; and fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office. Additional support for the musical comes from Adrianne and Jerry Cohen. Support for new work comes from The Scott Schwartz New Development Fund and the Joseph Stein New Musical Fund.
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