Reading of Men's Lives

Francis Lester from original theatrical poster for Men's Lives. Photo: Lynn Johnson

Please note that Reading of Men's Lives is SOLD OUT. An in-person waiting list will begin at 5pm on Friday, June 17. 

In conjunction with the current exhibition, Radical Seafaring, the Parrish Art Museum is presenting a staged reading of Men’s Lives by Sag Harbor playwright Joe Pintauro, based on the book by Peter Matthiessen. The reading, produced by Stephen Hamilton and Emma Walton Hamilton, who will direct, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the play. Featured in the cast are J. Stephen Brantley (Popeye), Matthew Conlon (Courtney, Fisherman, Senator), Stephen Hamilton (Peter), Diana Marbury (Alice), Cashus Muse (Nate), Joe Pallister (Lee), Josh Salt (William), and Harris Yullin (Walt). Jenna Mate (stage directions) is the production stage manager and assistant director.

Men’s Lives, which had its world premiere in 1992 as the opening production of the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY, tells the story of the East End baymen’s struggle as their centuries-long tradition of making a living on the water becomes threatened by economic and legal challenges, pollution, and overfishing. The plot pits a way of life against the interests of affluent summer residents and New York State, which under pressures from the powerful sports- fisherman's lobby, outlaws haul-seining—a technique the Native Americans taught the baymen’s ancestors, and the only remaining method of catching saleable fish. 

Playwright Joe Pintauro is the author of Snow Orchid, (Circle Rep, London Gate), Beside Herself (Circle Rep), Men's Lives (Bay Street Theatre), By the Sea, a collaboration with Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson (Bay Street, Manhattan Theatre Club), Salvation (London's Gate), Cacciatore (Hudson Guild), Raft of the Medusa (Minetta Lane, Cherry Lane), The Dead Boy and Cathedral. Novels include State Of Grace and Cold Hands. Pintauro is the recipient of the John Steinbeck Literary Humanitarian Award and Guild Hall’s Life Time Achievement Award. 

Emma Walton Hamilton, with Stephen Hamilton and the late Sybil Christopher, was a co-founder and co-artistic director of Bay Street Theatre, and served as dramaturg for the original production of Men’s Lives. Walton Hamilton later became the theatre’s Director of Education, creating the Kidstreet program for Young Audiences and helming the Young Playwrights Program in area schools. She
 also began writing children’s books in partnership with her mother, Julie Andrews, co-authoring more than 30 books. Walton Hamilton currently serves as the Director of the Children’s Literature Fellows program for Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, and executive director of their Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP). She is co-writing and executive producing Julie’s Greenroom -- a new preschool program for Netflix. Emma and Steve live in Sag Harbor and have two children, Sam and Hope. 

Stephen Hamilton’s recent directing credits include The Night Alive, All My Sons (with Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf), Art, Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and RED at the John Drew Theatre in East Hampton. Other credits include the world premiere of Gross Points (with Alec Baldwin) at Bay Street Theatre, and The Furies by Neil LaBute at 59 E.59 Street in NYC. In his seventeen years as Bay Street’s Executive Director, he oversaw more than 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend, and new plays by Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, and Rick Dresser. Hamilton has performed as an actor Off-Broadway and in regional theaters including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company. He currently serves as Director of Southampton Theatre Conference, Stony Brook Southampton and coaches privately from his studio in Sag Harbor. 

Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group and Bridgehampton National Bank. Modern Luxury's BEACH Magazine is the Media Sponsor.

Reading of Men's Lives

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
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In-person wait list begins at 5pm
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