Literature Live! is a BOCES-approved Arts-in-Education program. Plays chosen are from standards-based literature and are supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. All performances are 90 minutes and weekday shows are followed by a question and answer session. This year's program is Death of a Salesman.
by Arthur Miller
Death of a Salesman, considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play written in 1949 by the renowned American playwright Arthur Miller.
Set in the late 1940’s, Death of a Salesman follows Willy Loman, a failing salesman, and his family as they face the harsh reality of their lives that they have been denying. As Willy spirals into mental disarray and fails to achieve his own dreams, he criticizes his son Biff for not being successful. As Biff faces his own disappointments, he confronts the family on his father’s unrealistic expectations for him and his inability to face the truth about their lives. Ultimately, Miller explores themes surrounding the uncertainty of the American Dream and the struggles that families face in the wake of a changing economy, both of which are as contemporary today as when the play was written.
LITERATURE LIVE! brings the power of the word from the page to the stage. Using curriculum-based literature, Bay Street Theater creates a unique learning experience by bringing professional theater artists together to present first class productions. The possibilities for insight and understanding of the subject matter are only increased when students can witness the characters from a great play or novel living and breathing and telling their stories right before their eyes.
Bay Street Theater will select standards-based literature, and this program will be supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. In addition, we will provide a "Q&A" session with the cast.
LITERATURE LIVE! is designed specifically with middle and high school age students, their teachers and administrators in mind. In addition, Bay Street Theater will present the play on weekends for family audiences, and other types of groups (such as seniors, churches, and temples) who may wish to attend.
You can bring a group of any size from 1 - 299! Call the Education Department at 631-725-0818 today!
Join the drive to keep it alive!
With the help of the Century Arts Foundation, Bay Street is proud to offer the Free Student Ticket Initiative for the fourth year in a row. Student groups can attend a fully-staged professional production of a classic work of literature at no cost. The Free Student Ticket Initiative guarantees that student groups, regardless of economic and social circumstances, are able to participate in this crucial programming. With cuts to arts funding in schools, this program is more important than ever.
Your gift of $150 will be matched dollar to dollar and will double your impact.
Literature Live! has also been sponsored by The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Dana Foundation, Irvin Stern Foundation, The Moxie Foundation, Sunny & Abe Rosenberg Foundation, Theatre Venture, Inc. and the Town of Southampton.
The Literature Live! program consistently showcases superb productions of often-taught classic works; it dovetails beautifully with high school English Language Arts curricula, allowing students to experience a work read in class in a different medium, to analyze and compare directorial and authorial choices, and to think critically about genre, point of view, character motivation, and how a work changes from page to stage. The talk-backs with cast and director following student performances are an extra, enlightening treat. Literature Live! is a highlight of the year for students and faculty alike; we’re so lucky to have Bay Street Theatre close by and generously committed to supporting the education of local students.
Tom House, English Teacher, Bridgehampton School
I cannot say enough great things about this performance. The play was offered at an affordable price to students. It was wonderful to be able to utilize Bay Street for this student-friendly type performance...Having a play that connected to literature was valuable as a teaching tool…My students were so enthralled with the entire performance.
Jenn Fonocchiaro, Tuckahoe School
I would recommend this program because plays bring the book to life so the audience can experience what the character went through. It’s like you’re right in the middle of everything that’s going on and you can understand the character’s feelings better.
Student, Wyandanch Middle School
I loved the way we could tie it in to current issues and middle school life – bullying, victims, when good people do nothing, etc.
Teacher, Westhampton Beach Middle School
The response from the students who witnessed the production was unanimous in their praise for the quality of the theatrical experience and amazement that this story could come to life so powerfully in such an intimate setting. They truly felt a part of the experience and gained a greater understanding of the characters and the impact of literature on their lives. I hope this is a program that will continue for years to come and you can certainly count on our support and belief in its value to the students of the East End.
Debbie Mansir, East Hampton High School
It was an amazing theatrical experience for our students and they didn’t stop talking about the performance for days afterward. The work you do is inspiring and Pierson looks forward to future field trips to Bay Street.
Barbara Bekeimus, Pierson Middle & High School, Sag Harbor
The play was wonderful, actually I think it was probably one of the best performances I have seen.
Teacher, Pierson Middle School, Sag Harbor
Dear Bay Street, I thought the play was truly amazing. I thought the actors were spectacular.
Student, Bridgehampton Middle School
Teacher, Upper Room Christian School, Dix Hills
I really enjoyed watching the program you put together of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. The actors were great, I really got the message and the feeling of the Holocaust because the play was very realistic and astonishing. What I liked the most in the play is that it was very realistic; it made me feel very connected to the actors and the play itself.