The World Premiere of SAFE SPACE

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June 25
through July 21

NOW - July 21!

"A special new and important play. Mercedes Ruehl, Rodney Richardson and Sasha Diamond are outstanding!"-

"Smart, thought-provoking, and timely, Bay Street's "Safe Space," is a winner!" -

"A must see this Summer!" -

"Provocative & timely" -

"Provocative...keep(s) the audience involved & entertained" - Newsday

"A stimulating enigma that challenges our ethics and core beliefs." -


A new play by Alan Fox

Directed by Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (HairsprayThe Coast of Utopia, All My Sons)


Tony & Academy Award Winner MERCEDES RUEHL

Torch Song, Hustlers, Viva La Vida!



The Day Shall Come, CBS's FBI, Somebody's Daughter



Blindspot, The Romanoffs, Murphy Brown


Where is yours?

Passion and politics collide in this searing new drama. Safe Space is set at an elite university and explores political correctness and the reaction to triggers on campus in America today. When a star African-American professor faces accusations of racism from a student, the head of the college must intervene, setting off an explosive chain of events where each of them must navigate an ever-changing minefield of identity politics, ethics, and core beliefs.



Playwright Alan Fox burst onto the scene with his play SAFE SPACE, which is set to premiere this summer at Bay Street Theater.  SAFE SPACE caught the attention of Amy Pascal, who is now producing Alan’s feature adaptation of the play, as well as his untitled movie about Charlie Chaplin.  On the TV side, Alan is adapting his novel A Mannequin Life as a TV series with ABC Signature and Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street producing.  

Director Jack O’Brien is a three-time Tony & Drama Desk Award-winning director, member of the Theatre Hall of Fame, and author of Jack Be Nimble, a memoir published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2013. Jack won the Tony for Best Direction of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for his 2003 Broadway production of Hairspray. He received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play for Henry IV and The Coast of Utopia I, II, & III. Additional Broadway credits include Porgy & Bess (Tony & Drama Desk Nom.), Damn Yankees, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, The Full Monty (Tony Nom. & Drama Desk Winner), Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love (Drama Desk Winner), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Nom.), Catch Me If You Can, Dead Accounts, Macbeth, It’s Only a Play, The Front Page, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His production of The Good Doctor and Broadway revival of Most Happy Fella were produced for PBS, and Jack’s Street Scene was televised on “Live from Lincoln Center.” Most recently, Jack directed the Spring 2018 Broadway revival of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Carousel and the Fall 2018 production of Tom Stoppard’s new play The Hard Problem at Lincoln Center.



The first performance on Tuesday, June 25 is a Pay What You Can performance, sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty. On the day of the performance ONLY, a limited number of Pay What You Can tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Pay What You Can tickets are only available in person at the Box Office, and are not available online or over the phone.


Peconic Landing residents are welcomed to a special reception in Bay Street's lobby prior to the 8pm performance.



Immediately following every Tuesday evening performance (except previews), stay after the show for a talkback with members of the cast and creative team!


Students can get tickets to any Sunday Matinee performance for FREE. Valid student ID is required. Based on availability.

$20 UNDER 20

Anyone under the age of 20 can purchase their tickets to any Mainstage performance for only $20! Excludes Premium and any already discounted seats. Based on availability.

$30 UNDER 30

Anyone under the age of 30 can purchase their tickets to any Mainstage performance for only $30! Excludes Premium and any already discounted seats. Based on availability. 


Bay Street is happy to offer a 10% discount to Senior Citizens over the age of 65 and Veterans with valid military ID. Please ask for this discount specifically at the time of purchase.


2019 Mainstage Season Sponsors:





Media Sponsors: WSHU, 102.5 BAZ, 92.9 & 96.9 EHM, 92.1 WLNG, 88.3 WPPB