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TRAVESTIES: Take the Challenge! A Tony Award-winning puzzle of a play

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Richard Kind returns to Bay Street Theater in TRAVESTIES, a Tony award winning comedy, which runs June 24-July 20.

This Tom Stoppard classic will be directed by Gregory Boyd. Stoppard creates a smashing theatrical extravaganza with the wit of Oscar Wilde crashing headlong into song-and-dance, strip-tease, pie-fights, and brilliant wordplay. Set in 1917 and 1974 in Zurich, Switzerland, the play fantasizes how a British consul named Henry Carr (Richard Kind) encounters some of the most famous figures of the 20th, including James Joyce, Tristan Tzara and Lenin, through an amateur production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Stoppard takes on the role of the artist in society in this exuberant and freewheeling comedy about art and revolution that is as fresh and thought-provoking as it is uproarious.

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Bay Street Theater is having a "STUDENT SUNDAY" matinee for TRAVESTIES. Every Sunday until July 20, high school and college students can receive (1) FREE admission for the 2pm performance of TRAVESTIES. If you have a valid student I.D call the Bay Street Box Office at 631-725-9500 to reserve your free student ticket!

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MICHAEL BENZ (Tristan Tzara) has appeared in London's West End in The Tempest and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Other credits include the title role in Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe in London and US Tour (Helen Hayes Award nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor). Also at Shakepeare's Globe: The Winter's TaleAs You Like ItLove's Labour's Lost, and A New World. Additional stage credits: Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company), Hay Fever (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Oohrah! and The American Clock (Finborough Theatre, London). Television includes: American valet Ethan Slade in Downton Abbey, BBCPrefaces to Shakespeare: As You Like It, Hamlet, The Tempest, Mike and Angelo (ITV), Little Lord Fauntleroy (BBC). Michael is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and has a BA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

CARSON ELROD Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off. Off-Broadway: The Heir Apparent (Drama League, Lucille Lortel noms.); All In The TimingThe Explorer's Club (Lucille Lortel nom.), Comic Potential, House & Garden; The Tempest, Measure for Measure, All's Well That Ends Well; Cavedweller; Oliver Twist; Waiting for Godot. Regional: Yale Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of DC (Battis Award winner), Williamstown, La Jolla Playhouse, Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, CTG, Berkeley Rep., American Rep., Westport, Shakespeare & Company. TV: "Person of Interest," "Deadbeat" (Hulu), "30 Rock," "Law & Order: CI." Film: The Weekend, Kissing Jessica Stein, Wedding Crashers. Princess Grace Award recipient. NYTW Usual Suspect. M.F.A. from NYU Grad Acting.

ALOYSIUS GIGL (Bennett) Since receiving his MFA from the Yale School of Drama Aloysius has enjoyed a diverse career.  Highlights include: A Midsummer Night's Dream/Oberon-Theseus, Les Miserables/Javert, Sweeney Todd/Sweeney, The Royal Family/Tony Cavendish, Ragtime/Mother's Younger Brother, A Little Night Music/Carl-Magnus, Serious Money/Jake , Jane Eyre/St. John Rivers, The Phantom of the Opera/Raoul, , A Child's Garden/Robert Lewis Stevenson, As You Like It/Orlando, Romeo and Juliet/Romeo, A View from the Bridge/Rodolfo; as well as roles in Forrest Gump, Law and OrderOne Life to Live and the upcoming Erotic Fire of the Unattainable.  Aloysius thanks his partner, family, friends and CGF Talent for their love and support.

ISABEL KEATING (Nadia) On Broadway, Keating starred in The Boy from Oz (Tony Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, Drama Desk and Theatre World Award winner) opposite Hugh Jackman. Her other Broadway credits include Enchanted AprilHairspray and Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. Off Broadway, she has appeared at Primary Stages, The Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Rattlestick, among others. She won the Helen Hayes Award for Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink at Washington, DC's Studio Theatre, and has appeared regionally at The Old Globe, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Paper Mill Playhouse, the O'Neill Center, Williamstown among many others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and Life Before Her Eyes. On television, she starred opposite Stanley Tucci in CBS's 3 lbs. and opposite Vincent D'Onofrio in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  Keating provided her voice for the Emmy Award-winning PBS American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself. 

RICHARD KIND  Broadway: The Big Knife (Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor and nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play), The ProducersDirty Rotten ScoundrelsSly FoxThe Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Sondheim's Bounce! (Goodman Theatre and Kennedy Center). Candide (New York City Opera at Lincoln Center); The Lady in Question and Rough Crossing (Bay Street Theatre);Once in a Lifetime (Guthrie Theatre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,  The Front Page (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Power Failure (Actor's Studio Free Theatre Co.); The Seagull (Matrix Theatre); The Second City in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles; Working, All in the Timing, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight, 12 Angry Men, and Synergy (LA Theatre Works).  Film Credits include Angriest Man In Brooklyn, Argo, Hereafter, A Serious Man, The Visitor, The Grand, The Wild, Cars, Spymate, The Station Agent, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, A Bug's Life, Johns, Stargate, Clifford, Mr. Saturday Night, All-American Murder, Hacks, and Tom and Jerry. On television, he has been seen as a series regular on Luck, Spin City, Mad About You, Head Cases, Carol Burnett & Co., Blue Skies, A Whole New Ballgame, The Commish, and Unsub, With many guest appearances including Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Harry's Law, Good Wife and Glee.

JULIA MOTYKA Off Broadway: We Got Issues (Exec. Prod. Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda), Obama 44, The Last Starfighter: the Musical; and Golden Ladder. NY Workshops: Roundabout, Primary Stages, EST, The Directors Company, Abingdon Theatre Company, Mabou Mines, Nöel and Company (associate artist), etc. Regional: The Folger, The Alley, Denver Theatre Center (Westword Award), The Pioneer, The Rubicon, PRT (LA Weekly nom.), TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), and San Francisco, Colorado, and Marin Shakespeare Festivals (BATCC and Dean Goodman awards). Film: Crosseye, The Kindergarten Shuffle, In The Family. She is also an Audiobook narrator on the rosters at Audible and Brickshop Audiobooks. Member: The Actors Center, NYC.

EMILY TRASK Twelfth Night, and The Gaming Table (The Folger Theatre), Tartuffe, Christmas Carol, Pirandello's Yes. No. Maybe So..., Chaps!, and the world premier of Armadale (The Milwaukee Rep), The Tempest ( Pioneer Theatre Company), The Yale Rep, Yale Cabaret, The Colonial Theatre, and five season company member with Utah Shakespeare FestivalIn NYC Emily has participated in productions/readings with Lincoln Center, The Lark, Three Day Hangover, Titan Theatre Co. etc.  She can also be heard as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Ophelia in Hamlet on The Folger Library's audiobooks/Shakespeare app, and seen in the new Alison Krauss/Sandra Boynton music-video, End of a Summer Storm.  BA, Grinnell College. MFA, The Yale School of Drama.

ANDREW WEEMS Broadway:  Born Yesterday, Inherit the Wind, The Green Bird, London Assurance.  Off-Broadway:  Blood and Gifts (LCT), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Bach at Leipzig (NYTW), The Broken Heart, Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, Pericles, Green Bird (TFANA), A Man's a Man (CSC), Manahatta (Public), Somewhere Someplace Else, Telethon (Clubbed Thumb), Midsummer Night's Dream (Acting Company), Mere Mortals, Marathon Dancing. Elsewhere:  Uncle Vanya (Guthrie), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Center Stage),A Behanding in Spokane(Alley), Don Juan (Old Globe), Rhinoceros, King John, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern..., Noises Off, The Time of Your Life, Accidental Death...(NJ Shakespeare), Three Sisters, Arms and the Man (Intiman), Rocket to the Moon, Much Ado...(Long Wharf), You Can't Take It With You, As You Like It, Clybourne Park (Chautauqua), Journey's End, School for Husbands (Westport) An Iliad (Aspen Fringe). Fox/TCG fellow.  Author/performer of Namaste Man (Intiman, Boise Contemporary Theater, Two River)and Damascus (Fourth St Theater, BCT, Chautauqua) 

The 2014 Mainstage Season is sponsored in part by:
New York State through the generosity of Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle
New York State Council on The Arts, a State Agency
Town of Southampton
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
The Shubert Foundation
Fully or partially funded by the Suffolk County Executive’s Office

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Posted: June 15, 2014