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Guild Hall Celebrates Its 90th

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 14:07
A silent dance party will be held outside Guild Hall next Thursday evening.

Guild Hall will celebrate its 90th birthday next Thursday with a full day of activities, ranging from a village soundwalk to a drip-painting workshop to the New York City Ballet to an outdoor silent dance party. In addition, its current exhibition, “Robert Longo: A History of the Present,” will be open from noon to 8.

Viv Corringham, a British vocalist and sound artist, has composed and narrated “Full of Noises: A Village Soundwalk,” a self-guided walking tour of East Hampton Village that includes the duck pond, Clinton Academy, and other landmarks. A smartphone, the free app, and headphones are required. Registration through the Guild Hall website will provide instructions to access the app.

A community drip-painting workshop with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will take place in front of Guild Hall from 3 to 5 p.m., and the Hampton Ballet School will present pop-up performances in the backyard theater at 3:30 and 4:30.

“New York City Ballet: On and Off Stage” will be held in the John Drew Theater at 7:30. Adrian Danchig-Waring, a principal dancer, will host an evening of excerpts from the company’s repertory, including  works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, performed by company dancers and musicians. Tickets are $135.

Two D.J.s from Quiet Events Silent Disco will spin songs from the 1970s to the present for the dance party, which will take place from 8 to 11 in front of the building and in the backyard theater. A projected installation by the artist Christine Sciulli will light up the building. Headsets are $10, $5 for members, and can be reserved in advance online.

Ruehl and Yulin in ‘Love Letters’
Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin will star in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Love Letters” on Friday, Aug. 20, and Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. in Guild Hall’s backyard theater.

The story follows two childhood friends, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, who, over a period of 50 years, write letters to each other about boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce, and missed opportunities.

Because the actors sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters, and cards, with neither memorization nor long-term commitment necessary, the play has been performed by countless notable but busy actors, including Mr. Yulin, who will also direct the production, and Ms. Ruehl. Tickets are $50.

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