Guild Hall: 2018 Summer Season Schedule at John Drew Theater

GUILD HALL, East Hampton





This Year, It’s About Collaboration, Conversation And Creativity — From Legendary Guitarists And Top Notch Storytellers To In-Depth Discussions On The Most Pressing Issues Of Today


This summer, Guild Hall will be engaging audiences and keeping them connected all season long with an eclectic and thought-provoking line-up at the John Drew Theater. Filled with the talents of renowned musicians, actors, chefs, writers, journalists, dancers, filmmakers and even astronauts, the programming is designed to feed curiosity, spark discussion, and celebrate virtuosity on every level.

Summer 2018 is an Invitation to participate in the life of the East End community by sharing ideas face-to- face. It’s about taking a break from the digital age and getting back to “doing.” It’s also about delving into the hot-button issues with no easy answers. So step away from the Smart phone, forget the memes and come spend some quality time at Guild Hall with the movers, shakers and icons of our era.



The first annual 3-day Guitar Masters festival (Thursday, July 5 through Saturday, July 7) celebrates the artistry of the guitar with some of the music world’s finest talents through talks, film screenings and live concerts. Included in the lineup are Andy Summers of the Police, Israeli superstar David Broza who has been called the Bob Dylan of Israel and known for his commitment and dedication to humanitarian causes, predominantly, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, G.E. Smith and Richard Thompson, Brazilian female guitarist Badi Assad, and jazz musicians Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi.

Also new this year at the John Drew Theater is Summer of Stories, a series of 10 first-person accounts, comedic anecdotes, interviews and performances that quench our thirst for great storytelling. Running June through August, among those telling their tales will be Philippe Petit (June 22), who famously (and illegally) walked a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in 1975; Samite (July 13), a flutist from Uganda who uses the healing power of music and storytelling to share messages of hope and peace; humorist David Sedaris (August 4), author of “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002”); and Alec Baldwin

(August 18) who will do a live taping of his WNYC Studios podcast “Here’s The Thing” at the John Drew Theater. Joining him will be special guest Steve Higgins, announcer of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and writer/producer at Saturday Night Live.

Speaking of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, in July and August, Questlove, drummer for the show’s in-house Grammy-Award winning band “The Roots,” leads two Midsummer Night Conversations on Creativity. Besides being a musician, Questlove (aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson), is a journalist, DJ, record producer and actor, as well as one of the producers of the Broadway musical Hamilton. For each conversation this summer, he will bring in a special guest to share inspirational stories and lessons on how to live your best creative life.



Though creativity is the life blood of the artistic community, Guild Hall is not shying away from hot-button issues, and some of the toughest and most controversial topics facing this country will be on the docket this summer — among them gun control, segregation and mass incarceration.
On Friday, July 13 at 6 p.m., Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard, discusses Equality Matters in the Hamptons: Burying Our Heads in the Sand? an open conversation about race moderated by writer, financier and political activist Ken Miller. The free discussion is part of the Thinking Forward Lecture Series presented by Guild Hall and the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center (BHCCRC).

The Hamptons Institute features leading experts presenting a range of intellectual and professional perspectives on the most challenging issues confronting our country and the world. This year is no exception. Over the course of three Mondays in August, Alec Baldwin will introduce panel discussions that address the opioid crisis, the proliferation of plastics and explore what’s next for the “Me Too” Movement.

On August 9, three bands, Big Karma, The Sectionals, and Earthreal join forces in Young Musicians Unite … for Gun Sanity, a band initiative to raise awareness of gun safety in America. Proceeds from the concert benefit and its gun reform efforts. There will be voter registration on site.



Like to sing, but not eager to be a soloist? Choir!Choir!Choir! is a group sing-along founded by Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (aka “DaBu”) in February 2011. Equal parts singing, comedy, and community- building, audience members get a lyric sheet at the door, DaBu teaches the vocal arrangement and a video is recorded. Who knows? Once you’ve learned your part, you may find that a legendary musical artist shows up to take the lead vocals. Everyone has a ball and goes home feeling great. Previous C!C!C! “special guests” have included David Byrne, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, and Rufus Wainwright.

Other musical highlights this summer include banjo legend Béla Fleck who performs a solo concert on August 5; and G.E. Smith’s Portraits produced by Taylor Barton featuring Sophie B. Hawkins and Trevor Hall performing July 27.
Broadway legends are well represented with Let’s Misbehave: The Music and Life of Cole Porter on Sunday, July 1 starring Klea Blackhurst, Anna Bergman, Lee Roy Reams, and KT Sullivan; An Evening with Anthony Ramos, who originated the roles of “John Laurens” and “Philip Hamilton” in the Broadway musical Hamilton on Saturday, August 11; And All That Jazz: The Kander & Ebb Songbook featuring Broadway performers Sal Viviano, Ted Levy, Regina O’Malley and award-winning NYC cabaret artists Valerie diLorenzo and Carole Bufford on Saturday, September 15.



Curious about what’s happening a bit further afield? As in outer space? On Wednesday, June 27, The Montauk Observatory brings an out of this world program to the John Drew Theater — Space Exploration with Randolph James “Komrade” Bresnik, an officer in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut, who spent 139 days in space as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and Rebecca M. Bresnik Esq., Associate Chief Counsel for NASA. On Friday, June 29, Col. Bresnik will offer My Life as an Astronaut a family-friendly afternoon talk that includes a photo op and autographs for the kids.

Also returning this summer is Guild’s Hall’s popular Sunday morning Stirring the Pot: Conversations with Culinary Celebrities hosted by Florence Fabricant, food and wine writer for The New York Times. Guests for 2018 include Sam Sifton (July 29), Masaharu Morimoto (August 5), David Bouley (August 12) and Carla Hall (August 19). Champagne and continental breakfast precedes the 11 a.m. talks, which are followed by book signings.



FILM — The Hamptons International Film Festival’s (HIFF) popular Summer Docs program is back in 2018 with a trio of thought-provoking documentaries. Hosted by HIFF co-chair Alec Baldwin, screenings will be offered on June 29, July 21 and August 25 with titles and special guests to be announced.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound will be screened on September 14 as part of the New York Historical Society’s Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series. Opening remarks will be offered by Ron Simon, Curator of Television and Radio at the Paley Center for Media, and Dale Gregory, New York Historical Society’s Vice President for Public Programs.

THEATER — The Summit, written and directed by Isla Hansen, Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider, runs August 31 to September 9 on the John Drew stage. The experimental performance tells the story of the global elite preparing to abandon their bodies and upload themselves into the virtual beyond. When a malfunctioning Empathy A.I. is mistakenly assigned to assist with the procedure, it unwittingly inspires a bodily-bacchanal for the ages. This will get interesting!

DANCE — An intimate look at the world of dance comes to Guild Hall on August 24 with New York City Ballet On and Off Stage. NYCB Principal Dancer Jared Angle hosts an informal evening centered around the work of Jerome Robbins, a founding choreographer of the company. Excerpts from Robbins’ repertoire will be performed by New York City Ballet dancers, who will offer insights into his body of work from their perspective.

STAGED READINGS — For those who love witnessing the play production process in action, four staged readings will be offered at the John Drew Theater this summer.

Betrayal, by Harold Pinter, is about love, lust and time that poetically explores the rift between memory and reality. The reading stars Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin, who also directs (July 30); Dana Leslie Goldstein’s play Daughters of the Sexual Revolution follows three women who face ethical dilemmas against the backdrop of post-Nixon America. The reading stars Tim Busfield and Melissa Gilbert (August 2); Locura by Michael Marrero follows two friends as they make their way through cockfights, running from the law, navigating the open ocean, and getting out of Monkey Island alive (August 14); Thursday, Three, a comedy by Drama Desk award-winner and Emmy nominee Eugene Pack, is about a family visit that unravels

when a college grad crashes with his uncle in Los Angeles. The reading will be directed by Pippin Parker (August 21).

COMEDY — This summer, Guild Hall presents four nights of comedy featuring a diverse and hilarious line- up of comedians. First up is Hasan Minhaj, actor, writer, and Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (June 23); Sandra Bernhard follows on June 30 with her show Sandemonium; On August 3, Black Thought, a rapper and the MC of the hip-hop group The Roots, presents Delirious featuring the hottest new comedians on the East Coast; Finally on August 18, Tig Notaro, actor, comedian, and writer from Mississippi brings her unique brand of humor to the stage.



Don’t forget about the little ones! Every summer, Guild Hall offers KidFest featuring a variety of shows and accompanying workshops just for kids. Acts this summer include Snow White & the Seven Dwarves by Dufflebag Theatre (July 11); Gustafer Yellowgold (July 18); Galumpha (July 25); The Amazing Max (August 1); Hudson Vagabond Puppets: Mammoth Follies (August 8); Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza (August 15); and Olate Dogs a high-energy doggie friendly act (August 22).

For kids who are more interested in being on the stage than watching from the seats, Guild Hall offers summer acting and film workshops for ages 7 to 16, including a Theater Games Summer Camp, Myth Making for the Stage, an acting camp led by members of the theatrical company Neo-Political Cowgirls, and a Summer Scene Study Class for teens and adults.

What’s summer without some awesome game sessions? On the last Monday of each month from June through August, game master Noah Salaway will bring some of the best modern games on the market to Guild Hall for Game Night. Forget about suffering through hours of Monopoly or Risk. Today’s games cultivate creativity, problem solving, social skills, and dexterity through clever game design. Salaway, who has a degree from NYU in game design, grew up playing video games. But these days he’s obsessed with modern tabletop games and whenever possible, he is either playing, teaching, or researching new board games.

So put down those phones and get back to the basics of old school game playing — face to face, the way it used to be.

Game Night is for Ages 16 and up.

All this and more is happening at Guild Hall in the coming months. Don’t let the summer of 2018 pass you by — getting involved, stay engaged. To learn more about upcoming program and other events up at Guild Hall and the John Drew Theater, visit the new website,

Tickets for all programs are available via:, Box Office, 631-324-4050, and, 1-866-811-4111.




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