Amanda Griemsmann and Edward W. Kassar in rehearsal for Sylvia, currently scheduled to open Sept. 24 at the HTC.

The performing arts are going to be among the last parts of society to return from the Covid-19 shutdown, especially live theater, which depends on large crowds.

NFCT Stumbles Along

The North Fork Community Theatre, which just reopened last year after an extensive renovation, had been itching since it reopened to put up Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” and was slated to do so this spring. Now, that production has been cancelled, along with this summer’s Youth on Stage production of “The Pajama Game.”

While the theater is planning to reschedule “The Producers” for next season, it has not yet made plans for the Youth on Stage Production.

The theater also usually holds a gala to raise funds for the renovation project in June, which  has now been moved to a Zoom event titled “As We Stumble Along,” on June 12 at 7 p.m.

“There is so much uncertainty in the world today, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect to celebrate what is important to us,” said the theater’s announcement of the virtual gala. “We’ll  find our way through this together.”

The gala will include live performances by NFCT members and alumni including Tom Ashton (The Blacklist), Christina Stankewicz and Broadway Stars Rob Bartlett (Little Shop of Horrors) and Jim Borstelmann (Chicago, The Producers).

Adele Wallach’s photo, “Umbrellas on the Peconic, is among the works for sale at the NFCT’s auction.

The evening will also feature a virtual auction that will offer paintings, original photography and handmade quilts from award-winning artists including Florence Gajeski, Adele Wallach, Anthony Graziano, James Slezak, Mike McLaughlin, Janet Fink, Ann Carlile, Stephen Ness, Mary O’Connor, Lisa Claisse and Lorraine Rimmelin. The items can be viewed at and will be on display in the windows at 245 Love Lane in Mattituck — the former Capital One Bank. Auction bids must be made in advance; email

While there is no charge for the event, donations are appreciated, and a $50 donation  will make you a Sparkling Supporter, who receives recognition at the gala. RSVP at or by calling 631.298.4500.

The Zoom link for the Gala will be available at in advance of June 12. 

This year would have been the 50th Youth on Stage production at the theater, which is putting together a plan for alumni of the program to participate in a program celebrating the last 50 years of performance.   

The details are still being finalized, but the theater’s first priority is to figure out who is interested. To get involved, visit

Quogue Hall Falls Silent

Hampton Theatre Company has cancelled the production of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” that had been tentatively scheduled to open in Quogue on May 21.

With Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” originally the last production of the season, already cancelled to make room for a possible delayed run of “Sylvia,” now that “Sylvia” has been canceled the company has effectively lost the second half of its 2019-2020 season.

Undaunted and holding fast to the imperative that “the show must go on,” the HTC has already obtained the rights to produce both of these cancelled plays as bookends for the 2020-2021 season, with “Sylvia” slated to open in September and “A Doll’s House, Part 2” capping the season in May 2021.

The 2020-2021 season will also feature four performances of a special holiday show on the weekend of December 11-13, 2020, and a three-week run of the David Lindsay-Abaire comedy, “Rip Cord,” in March of 2021.

“At this time, all plans are tentative based on progress in containing the novel coronavirus and the potential requirement of extending social distancing protocols and safety considerations,” according to the theater.

Complete details on the 2020-2021 season are in development, and tickets and season subscriptions are expected to go on sale on August 15, 2020.

For more information, contact HTC General Manager Terry Brennan at 631.653.8955, or email

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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