Inspired by 'Salesman'
A staged reading of "Before Vinson," a play by Michael O'Day that is a companion piece to Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," will be held on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at LTV Studios in Wainscott.
Set in 1949, "Before Vinson" focuses on Bernard, who in Miller's play is the son of Willy Loman's friend Charley. In contrast to Willy's sons, Bernard was a studious young man who grew up to be a successful attorney. In the play, he is about to argue his first case before the Supreme Court.
Mr. O'Day remembers seeing the 1985 Dustin Hoffman telecast and relating to the "nerdy" character of Bernard, who was mocked by Willy throughout the play. "I've wondered about Bernard's corner of the world ever since," he said in a statement.
The production is produced by Josh Gladstone and stars Erik Ransom, Ariana Johns, Scott Brieden, and Mr. Gladstone. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
A directed reading of Edward Albee's play "Seascape," produced by Josh Gladstone and directed by Paul Hecht, will take place at the Montauk Library on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the play opens on a beach, where an older couple, Nancy and Charlie, are discussing their concerns about retiring, when another couple appears.Leslie and Sarah are two oversized lizards who no longer feel at home in the sea. "Seascape" focuses on the dynamic of interpersonal communications while including elements of comedy, fantasy, satire, and absurdism.
The cast features Gerard Doyle as Charlie, Susan Stout as Nancy, John Kroft as Leslie, and Quinn Jackson as Sarah.
"Winter Kills," a 1979 black comedy thriller directed and written by William Reichert, will be shown in a new 35-millimeter print, among the first struck in over 40 years, starting Friday at the Sag Harbor Cinema.
A thinly veiled take on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the film, based on a 1974 novel by Richard Condon, stars a young Jeff Bridges as the scion of a wealthy family who tries to unravel the conspiracy behind the murder of his older brother, a U.S. president.
The film was acclaimed by critics from The New Yorker and The New York Times, but it was dumped by its distributor and failed at the box office.
Wendy Keyes, a cinema board member and a friend of the director, will introduce Sunday's screening at 6 p.m.
Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor has announced a slate of fall classes that will begin on Saturday morning at 10 with "Annie Jr.," a class for ages 7 and up, including adults, based on the comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical. The seven-week workshop, priced at $300, will culminate with a performance on Oct. 30.
Other offerings include a stress-relief workshop for ages 14 and up, a clown class for those 18 and older, and extended workshops for adults in stand-up, touch dancing, voiceover, and auditioning for the camera.
Complete details and registration are through the theater's website.
The fourth annual Black Film Festival, an ongoing program of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, will return to the center on Saturday at 6 p.m. with "Footprints of an Angel," a film written and co-produced by Tramar Pettaway, a Southampton native with family ties to East Hampton.
The film centers on Claudette, a woman who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness but continues to be a rock of support for her son and other family members and friends. The idea came to Mr. Pettaway when he was alone with his mother in the I.C.U.
Admission is $15; a reception will follow the screening.
The Renaissance String Quartet will be at the Perlman Music Program's Clark Arts Center on Shelter Island on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. for a Stires-Stark Alumni Recital.
Based in New York City, the group was founded in 2021 by Randall Goosby and Jeremiah Blacklow, violinists, Jameel Martin, a violist, and Daniel Hass, a cellist. The musicians met in 2012 while studying together at the Perlman Music Program.
Tickets are $35.