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Stars for Stars
Sunday, Dec. 6th at 4pm
A Holiday Show featuring some of the SCC’s favorite performers, saluting dedicated community champions of all ages
HOSTED BY Bonnie Grice
HONORING COMMUNITY STARS
Charlotte and Jillian
Darren Ottati & Jennifer DeMeo
Hamptons Youth Quartet
LIVE on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm (EST), at https://www.facebook.com/SHCulturalCenter/live
A Salute to Community Heroes
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7 pm
Instead of its annual gala the Southampton Cultural Center (SCC) will host a free online “A SALUTE TO COMMUNITY HEROES”, a montage of SCC performances celebrating dedication and courage, on Saturday, September 26th at 7PM.
“Instead of hosting a gala and ask for support” said Stan Glinka, SCC Co-Chair, “We decided to host an event to give back to our community and its heroes who have worked so tirelessly”.
The virtual event is in recognition of the courage and commitment of the first responders, nurses, doctors and other essential workers who bravely helped our community during and through the worst of the COVID Crisis this year. In addition, we are honoring Gabriele & Marano and Sound Aircraft Services for their support of the SCC during these challenging times.
Popular local celebrity, Bonnie Grice, will be the emcee of the event which is being produced by and aired on METROPOLITANZOOM.COM.
The SCC is proud to be a dynamic venue for education, exhibition and live performances serving our diverse population. The event will feature a series of entertaining performances by artists who are part of the SCC’s most popular programs including:
• Highlights from Center Stage Concerts with numbers from Dear Evan Hanson, A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Phantom of the Opera with Ava Bianchi, Jennifer DeMeo, Darren Ottati, and Bobby Peterson
• A performance by award-winning pianist Nathan Lee showcasing the classical Rising Stars Piano Series
• A sample of our dance programs including lively Cuban Salsa
• A performance of the East End Youth Quartet, a group of talented teen musicians, who have participated in our Annual Southampton Strings Festival for many years
• A taste of boots on the ground theater’s historical theater performances including “The Miracle Worker”, “The Badge of Courage” and “Sherlock’s Secret Life”; and South Fork Performing Arts theater productions for children and teens including “Freaky Friday” and “Frozen”.
Our Message is simple: we remain mission ready to serve our members and all diverse community residents, and to thank our warrior health care providers and first responders. We pray that we all stay well.
Brief remarks will be made on behalf of the SCC by Board Members and Co-Chairs, Craig Ruhling and Stan Glinka and Executive Director, Kirsten Lonnie.
Summer Zoom Comedy Classes for Kids
Beginning July 11th
“Laughter is the best medicine and these classes give kids a safe space to share frustrations as they learn the art and science of comedy.” —Former NY State Mental Health Official
Keep your kids busy this summer with one of the best activities for summer fun — virtual comedy classes for kids on Zoom. Kids ages 10-16 have lots of time on their hands, so imagine letting your child’s creative energy be redirected to learning skills that help develop personal and intellectual development, like humor and comedy. Kids in our classes sharpen their wit, writing skills, build
character and confidence, and learn public speaking skills in a fun way. The program ends with a real-stage performance in conjunction with other performing artists outside the Southampton Cultural Center’s venue at the end of the summer program. Date and time will be announced.
This summer, let your child do something special and different, make new friends and feel good about themselves.
HAMPTONS ARTS NETWORK
WITH ARTIST PHILIPPE CHENG
OFFERS COMMISSIONED PORTRAITS
DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
May 6, 2020 (Sag Harbor, NY)—The Hamptons Arts Network is working with artist Philippe Cheng to take commissions for Pause At Home—family, individual, or essential worker portraits—as an important record of our community living through the COVID-19 pandemic. A portfolio of all commissioned portraits will become part of the collections of East Hampton Historical Society, Eastville Community Historical Society, and Southampton History Museum as a means to gather and preserve information for future researchers. The option to pay for a portrait of a health worker, essential worker, civil servant, or a gift for another person or family, is available. Proceeds, after production expenses, go directly to support the 19 member organizations of the Hamptons Arts Network, a consortium of not-for-profit organizations working together to create a unified arts community of the Hamptons.
Portraits may be commissioned at a price of $1,500 by visiting give.guildhall.org/pauseportraits or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Each purchaser will receive an 11 x 14-inch archival collector’s print.
Philippe Cheng is a fine art photographer with studios in New York City and Bridgehampton. Recognized for his work capturing diverse personalities, Cheng brings sensitivity to this project as a longtime community member and frequent volunteer. He studied at The School of Visual Arts and New York University, and his work is in the Library Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and in many private collections. Visit philippecheng.com for more information on the artist.
Hamptons Arts Network (HAN) is a consortium of not-for-profit organizations working together to create a unified arts community of the Hamptons. Our goal is to promote collaboration, partnerships, and shared programming among its members. As well, we advocate for the arts in the area of economic development, tourism, and education.
Member organizations include:
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival
Dia: Dan Flavin Art Institute
East Hampton Historical Society
Eastville Community Historical Society
Hamptons International Film Festival
Hamptons Doc Fest
The Madoo Conservancy
Parrish Art Museum
Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center
Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum
Sag Harbor Cinema Arts Center
Southampton African American Museum
Southampton Arts Center
Southampton Cultural Center
Southampton History Museum
The Watermill Center.
United We Laugh
Nov. 21, 7pm
Race relations have been the most explosive issue in America for quite some time. One of the biggest topics for debate in this country today, the issue has created an angry divide. A major part of this dilemma is our inability to see the alternate perspective. We need to hear another’s point of view in a way that’s more relatable and less volatile. The only way to accomplish this, one that’s been overlooked, is through humor. Off-the-cuff honesty in humor has been compromised by a spike in sensitivity on all sides to the fear of offending. Humor is the most important tool in American society, and yet, the one component that seems to be lacking when it comes to race relations.
A cutting-edge new comedy show seeks to tackle bigotry by bringing together comics who will stand up to break through and bridge the racial divide with laughter and conversation. “United We Laugh” is a show designed to heal through hope and lead through laughter. Created by comedian Richie Byrne, the show’s goal is to help to ease the racial tensions in America through humor and shared dialogue.
Presented by Southampton Village, the Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force, and the Southampton Cultural Center — and moderated by James “Dr. Love” Banks — the event unfolds on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Southampton Cultural Center, located at 25 Pond Lane in Southampton, NY. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $20. $10 for students under 21.
The tour features creator and host Richie Byrne and a diverse mix of comedians — including Gina Brillon , James Goff and Mark DeMayo— representing all sides of the heated racial debate. The first act follows the format of any other comedy show. The comedians will perform their acts, infusing the evening with hilarity and intelligence as they spotlight thought-provoking racial issues. Act II unfolds with all four comics onstage discussing “hot button topics” about racism in America. In a groundbreaking new format, the audience will become a critical component in the show’s diverse canvas.
Comedy should still be the focal point of the discussion in the hopes of finding a common ground. America has become too rigid, too serious. This attitude has made our country dangerous. We need to open up and explore our feelings. Comedy is a unique way to do this. “United We Laugh” seeks to offer understanding and insight into another person’s racial point of view. By shifting the focus toward “funny” these issues may not seem as dangerously divisive.
For tickets and additional information, call the Southampton Cultural Center at (631) 287-4377.
Richie Byrne, (Creator) who’s been wowing audiences doing warmup at “The Dr. Oz Show” for a decade, is a veteran of stand-up, stage and screen,who sports a string of A-list credits including Dangerfield’s, Caroline’s on Broadway, the Gotham Comedy Club, Carnegie Hall, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City; Hilarities in Cleveland, the Ice House in Pasadena, the Borgata in Atlantic City and the Tropicana in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Comedy TV credits include Comedy Central, VH1, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, “Good Day New York” and “Gotham Live” on AXS-TV. He’s had crowds hilarious during warm up for “The Rachael Ray Show”, “The Chew”, “The Jane Pauley Show,” “Murphy Brown” and the “Miss America Pageant. Byrne has also pursued his passion for acting on the stage and screen, with high-profile star turns including “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Conviction,” as well as the feature film “Good-bye Baby”. His variety show, “The Richie Byrne Show,” is a tour de force of theater, Broadway, comedy sketches and big band grandeur. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
Mark DeMayo is a regular at the top comedy clubs in NYC and has headlined casino resorts and toured college campuses — all while continuing to fight crime as a NYC police detective. He has been featured on Showtime’s “White Boyz in da Hood” Comedy Centrals “Laffopolooza” Si‐Tv’s Latino Laughter and the film “Stand‐Up 360”. He can also be scene giving celebrity commentary on MTV & Spike TV. Mark has also appeared on roles CBS’s “DellaVentura” “Central Park West” and Fox “The Jury. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram
Gina Brillon Actress, comedian, and writer Gina Brillon was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She’s been a standup comic since she was 17 years old. Her first one hour special, ‘Pacifically Speaking,‘ was produced by Gabriel Iglesias. She had a featured role in Gabriel Iglesias’ theatrical film, The Fluffy Movie. She ppearancesdon Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, AXS’ Gotham Comedy Live, The View, and is the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC’s 2012 Stand up for Diversity Showcase.. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
James Goff: . Actor, comedian, and writer James Goff was born and raised in the South Bronx of New York City. In just a short time in the business, James has demonstrated the unique ability to bridge the gap between any audience, and connect with them on a level that makes them feel they’ve known him for years. Not only has he worked with some of the best in the business, James Goff’s appearances also include The Today Show, Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight, Sirius Radio, and a performance for Superbowl XLII Champions The New York Giants. Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
James Banks: (Moderator) James “Dr. Love” Banks is chair of the Southampton Town Anti-Bias Task Force and works tirelessly for change at the Suffolk County Community College Center For Social Justice and Human Understanding.
Exit Strategy 2: An Evening with Sandra K.
Saturday, November 23rd at 7pm
Tickets: $ 20 general admission, $ 10 for students under 21.
Join Sandra K for an inspiring and entertaining evening as she reflects on her childhood growing up in Queens, New York… And ultimately transitions to a New life as she returns to the Stage in the Hampton’s. Special mentions of her love for animals, yoga, the greater outdoors and freedom.
The following monologues presented by Special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc; New York.
THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG by Wendy Wasserstein
A MOTHER’S LOVE by Craig Pospisil
The VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler
Monologue from The “HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES ” by John Guare is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc; a Concord Theatrical Company.
The General Prologue to the CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English.
And Hot Yoga ? with Sandra K.
Directed by Allen O’Reilly
Shakespeare in the Park
Aug. 23rd & 24th
Friday, August 23rd
7:00 p.m. “Kids & the Classics”
7:30 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday, August 24th
7:00 p.m. “Kids & the Classics”
7:30 p.m. The Tragedy of Richard III
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Four young lovers escape the tyranny of the court to find love in a magical forest. On the same night and in the same forest, the king and queen of the fairies declare war on each other, and a company of amateur actors meet to rehearse a play. See what happens when a mischievous sprite called Puck weaves their three stories into one.
The Tragedy of Richard III
After a long civil war, England enjoys a period of peace under King Edward. But Edward’s younger brother Richard, who helped him to the throne, grows restless in the shadows. Shakespeare’s searing drama chronicles the bloody rise and fall of the last English king to die on the battlefield.
Kids & the Classics
“Kids & the Classics” is the companion piece to Hip to Hip’s program of “Free Shakespeare in the Parks.” This free interactive workshop is offered 30 minutes before every performance, and is designed for children ages 4 to 12. It gives children a chance to interact with the text by previewing the characters and situations, and creating links between the text and their own lives through theatre games and close reading of text.
Voices of Poetry & Muse of Blues
Saturday, Sept. 14th 6pm
Voices of Poetry and Muse of Blues are delighted to present an evening of great poetry and music. This event will feature a stellar array of poets – Jessica Greenbaum, Michael Klein, Eva Salzman & Neil Silberblatt – plus music by acclaimed vocalist/composer Christine Tobin.
General Admission: $ 25
BLACK BOX PERFORMANCE PROJECT – SUMMER INTENSIVE
Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
in association with Southampton Cultural Center
AUDITIONS June 29 from 9:00AM-12:00PM at the Southampton Cultural Center
Director Tamara Salkin and Musical Director Amanda Jones act as guides and mentors to help actors and singers learn theatre and vocal skills for on and off the stage. Using Black Box Theatre style and techniques, participants will perform a full length musical in an educationally based setting. Taking the focus off the set, costumes, lights and spectacle we will bring the focus back to the actors and the work they are doing. Actors will do thorough script, song, and character analysis. Actors will make stagecraft decisions regarding the minimal costumes, sets, props, sound design, and lighting design. Actors will learn production duties such as constructing the playbill and more.
AUDITIONS June 29 from 9:00AM-12:00PM at the Southampton Cultural Center
PERFORMANCES July 19 @7:00PM, July 20 @3:00PM and 7:00PM
July 1-3, 9:00AM-12:30PM
July 8-12, 9:00AM-12:30PM
July 15-18, 9:00-12:30PM
Snacks including granolas bars, fresh fruits, pretzels, cheese sticks etc. and bottled water will be provided at all rehearsals
Performance Call Schedule:
July 19, 3:00PM (Dinner will be Provided to Students)
July 20, 12:00PM (Dinner will be Provided to Students)
All Rehearsals and Performances at the Southampton Cultural Center in the Levitas Theatre
Ages: 3rd grade through 9th grade
Tuition: $700, includes expert instruction, 3 complimentary tickets for the student’s family, cast T-Shirt, video of the performance, access to the professional photo album, and more! Email for more info!
SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER
Gallery Hours: Mon–Sat
11 am – 2:30 pm
or by appointment
Address: 25 Pond Lane
Southampton, NY 11968
To provide performance, exhibition, and compelling arts and cultural education opportunities accessible to all in the greater Southampton community.
As a major contributor to the vision of Southampton Village, the Southampton Cultural Center engages our diverse community and nourishes excellence in all creative art forms as a dynamic venue for programs centered on education, exhibition, and performance. We are committed to taking a leadership role in the expansion of the Southampton Village Arts District.