The cast of Bay Street Theatre's "Five Presidents  |  Copyright Lenny Stucker
The cast of Bay Street Theatre’s “Five Presidents |  Lenny Stucker photo

Bay Street Theater’s second production of the 2015 season, “Five Presidents,” opens tonight, and has been extended for an additional week, to July 19, by popular demand.

The play, written Emmy Award-winning writer Rick Cleveland (Six Feet Under, The West Wing, and House of Cards), is a funny and incisive drama is about the meeting of America’s most exclusive club – the ex-presidents, who are obliged to gather together on the day of Richard Nixon’s funeral.

In the play four “exes” and one “current” president vent their frustrations, revisit old grievances, and reveal the toll being president takes on any person foolish enough to seek the highest office in the land.

Mark Clements will direct this production, which stars John Bolger (Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific, Macbeth), Mark Jacoby (Ragtime, Show Boat, Sweeny Todd), Martin  L’Herault (Godspell, Of Mice and Men, The Merchant of Venice), Reese Madigan (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman), Steve Sheridan (Curb Your Enthusiasm,The Drew Carey Show) and Britt Whittle (30 Rock, Glass Menagerie).

This production was originally produced at the Arizona Theatre Company and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and was commissioned by Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Tonight’s preview “Pay What You Can” performance will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and are available at the box office beginning at 11 a.m.

The theater is also sponsoring Student Sunday Matinees, in which high school and college students can receive free admission to the 2 p.m. Sunday matinees if they show their photo ID.

Theatergoers under the age of 30 will also receive tickets for $30 if they show photo ID proving their age.

The theater will also host “Talkback Tuesday” sessions, discussions with Bay Street’s Artistic Director, Scott Schwartz and members of the cast, following each Tuesday performance except for preview week.

To purchase a tickets for “Five Presidents,” log on to or call the Box Office at 631-725-9500. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to



Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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