The Mainstage season begins with the World Premiere of THE NEW SINCERITY/ A New Comedy by Alena Smith, directed by Bob Balaban. The production will run from May 26-June 14. 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.
The second Mainstage production is OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY/ A Drama by Jerry Sterner, directed by Lonny Price and starring Jason Alexander. The production runs from June 23-July 26. It’s the good ‘bad old days’ of 1987, the later Reagan years, when all was fair in love and business. Lawrence Garfinkle is an expert at buying up undervalued companies and liquidating them for a profit, and he’s the kind of guy you love to hate. But will he win in his newest attempt at domination when he comes up against a surprising adversary, the brilliant and beautiful lawyer Kate Sullivan? Suspenseful and funny, this greed-filled drama is as timely and titillating today as it was when it first premiered.
The Mainstage Season culminates with GREY GARDENS/ A Musical, with music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, and book by Doug Wright, directed by Michael Wilson. The production runs August 4 – 30. Based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, the musical tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Set in 1941 and 1973 at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memory and cats.