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March 26, 2024 (Sag Harbor, NY)—Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is thrilled to announce Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning comedy with music MASTER CLASS will run June 25th—July 20th (previews June 25-28th, opening June 29) and will be directed by Broadway director Lisa Peterson. Bay Street also announced the world premiere bonus show Julia Motyka‘s one-woman show WHAT I KNOW, NOW. running July 15th – 20th will round out its highly anticipated 2024 Mainstage Season. 


Scott Schwartz, Bay Street Theater Artistic Director, said, “Terrence McNally was a dear friend to Bay Street, and we are proud to have produced his work multiple times. We’re so excited to finally bring his trenchant comedy with music, MASTER CLASS, to Sag Harbor. The brilliant director Lisa Peterson joins us to create a thrilling new production of his tale of Maria Callas and a group of students who are in for the ride of their lives. We’re also delighted to welcome Julia Motyka back with her incisive new play about faith, family, and the things in life that we can’t know. Summer of 2024 will be an epic season of great theater at Bay Street!” 


MASTER CLASS is a virtuoso exploration of art, ego, and the pursuit of perfection. In the waning years of her life and with her career far behind her, opera diva Maria Callas retreats into memories of acclaim and adversity while contending with her students during a funny and brutal Master Class in singing.

Subscriptions for the 2024 Season, which includes THE SUBJECT WAS ROSESMASTER CLASS, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, The Mel Brooks MUSICAL, are now on sale and remain the only way to get the best seats for the best price. To purchase, visit BayStreet.org 24/7, call 631.725.9500, or visit our Box Office Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 5 PM. Season subscribers will enjoy special discount pricing to the bonus show WHAT I KNOW, NOW. 


MASTER CLASS Director Lisa Peterson 

 Lisa is a two-time OBIE Award-winning writer and director. She recently directed Doug Wright’s GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR at the Goodman Theater and on Broadway, garnering Tony nominations for Scenic and Costume designs, as well as the 2023 Best Actor Tony Award for actor Sean Hayes. Lisa returns to Bay Street, where she directed David Mamet’s ROMANCE, starring Richard Kind, Reg Rogers, and more in 2010. Lisa won her first OBIE for directing Caryl Churchill’s LIGHT SHINING IN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE at New York Theatre Workshop and her 2nd OBIE, as well as a Lortel Award, for writing and directing AN ILIAD with Denis O’Hare, also at NYTW. Since then, she and O’Hare have written THE GOOD BOOK, commissioned and produced by the Court Theatre in Chicago and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
She is nationally renowned for working on new plays and classics. Her directing work includes the world premiere productions of new plays by Tony Kushner (SLAVS, Humana Festival, and NYTW; his adaptation of GOOD PERSON OF SZECHUAN, La Jolla Playhouse), Beth Henley (RIDICULOUS FRAUD, McCarter Theater), Donald Margulies (COLLECTED STORIES, Manhattan Theater Club; THE MODEL APARTMENT and SHIPWRECKED at Primary Stages), Naomi Wallace (TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK at NYTW and BIRDY at WP Theater), Marlane Meyer (PATRON SAINT OF SEA MONSTERSTHE CHEMISTRY OF CHANGE at Playwrights Horizons), Jose Rivera (SUENO at Hartford Stage and MCC), and many more. She has directed classics at theaters across the continent, including the Guthrie, Shaw Festival, Arena Stage, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theater, Seattle Rep, American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Alley Theater, and South Coast Rep.

Other recent New York credits include F*CK 7th GRADE by Jill Sobule and Liza Birkenmeier (The Wild Project, Drama Desk nomination 2023 Best New Musical); ERNEST SHACKLTON LOVES ME, Book by Joe DiPietro, Music & Lyrics by Brendan Milburn & Val Vigoda (2ST Tony Kiser Theater); HAMLET IN BED by Michael Laurence (Rattlestick); KING LIZ by Fernanda Coppel (Second Stage Uptown); TO THE BONE by Lisa Ramirez (Cherry Lane) among many, many others.
Lisa has directed regularly at Berkeley Rep (where she was Associate Director from 2016-2019), the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for ten years before that), and La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director from 1992-1995). She has developed many new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where she served as the Guest Artistic Director in 2019, as well as the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and the Ojai Playwrights Conference. In 2022, she was given the Gordon Davidson Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Theater.



The world premiere of WHAT I KNOW, NOW. was also announced as a fourth bonus show. 

WHAT I KNOW, NOW. is a one-woman play by and starring Julia Motyka.

It will run July 15th – 20th.


Life isn’t lived by the numbers. As she awaits the answer to one of life’s big questions, a woman explores the nature of faith and her own complicated family. The hit of the 2023 New Works Festival, this premiere from Bay Street favorite Julia Motyka wrestles with the seen and unseen forces that shape our lives. 


Julia Motyka

Over her twenty-year varied career, Julia has become an internationally recognized writer, performer, producer, and teacher. As a writer, she has a recent piece in DPA and The Manifest Station and was one of the winners of the Fish Anthology Prize for Short Memoir 2020. She’s received writing residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm (where she is also now an advisory board member) and ARTErra, Portugal. As an actress, she’s appeared Off-Broadway in the World Premieres of We Got Issues (Exec. Prod. Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda), Obama 44The Last Starfighter: the Musical; and The Golden Ladder. Some other notable NY Reading and Workshop Credits include Second Stage, Roundabout, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, ART, etc. Regional: The Folger Theatre, The Alley, The Denver Theatre Center, The Pioneer Theatre, The Rubicon, TheatreWorks (Palo Alto), San Francisco, Colorado, Marin Shakespeare Festivals, etc. She has won performance awards in San Francisco and Denver and has been nominated in Los Angeles. Film: CrosseyeThe Kindergarten ShuffleIn the Family.

Julia is an accomplished audiobook narrator who has voiced scores of audiobooks. As an educator, she’s built programming for educational institutions nationwide, with courses ranging from kindergarten through undergraduate level, and was the acting Director of Education for Bay Street Theater during their 2014-15 season. She served as co-executive producer on ROOMS: A Rock Romance, which was nominated in 2009 for three Outer Critics Circle Awards. She’s a member of The Actor’s Center and an associate member of The Pacific Resident Theatre Company. When she’s not in the theatre, you can find her teaching yoga around town. Whether on the page, on the stage, or in the studio she is always seeking and telling stories of transformation that guide us home to ourselves. 


The Bay Street Theater 2024 Mainstage Line-up also includes:   

Book by Frank D. Gilroy 
Starring John Slattery, Talia Balsam and Harry Slattery 
Directed by Scott Wittman  
(May 28 – June 16, previews May 28 – 31, opening June 1) 
Like roses, family relationships are beautiful but thorny. This Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning play is a poignant drama set in The Bronx in 1946 about the emotional struggles and hidden tensions within a family as their son returns from service in WWII. As they confront their past and present, this timeless play explores enduring themes of reconciliation and the fragility of love.  

John Slattery (photo by Greg Gorman)

Talia Balsam

Harry Slattery


YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, The Mel Brooks Musical 
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks 
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan 
Directed by Stuart Ross
Choreography by Gerry Mcintyre 
(August 1st – 25th, previews August 1st & 2nd, opening August 3) 
The comedic genius of Mel Brooks combines with classic B-movie horror in this hilarious musical based on his beloved film. The young American doctor Frederick Frankenstein (“that’s pronounced Fronkensteen!”) is summoned to Transylvania to claim his Grandfather Victor’s estate. Little does he know that this journey will change not only his life, but those of everyone around him, including his sidekick Igor, the beautiful assistant Inga, and a brand-new Monster made for Musical Comedy Heaven. Brace yourself for a wild and inventive production of this side-splitting musical comedy from the director and choreographer of Bay Street’s hit “Enter Laughing”.

Stuart Ross

Gerry Mcintyre

The 2024 Mainstage Season at Bay Street Theater is made possible, in part, by the Bay Street Theater Board of Trustees, The Shubert Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning: Office of Cultural Affairs, AARP Long Island, Aboff’s Paints, Adam Miller Group, Advantage Title, Baron’s Cove, Bartlett Tree, Ben Krupinski Builders, Channing Daughters, Corcoran, Dayton, Ritz + Osborne Insurance, DiSunno Architecture, Fisher’s Home Furnishings, Grenning Gallery, Harbor Pets, Hollander Design Landscape Architects, Jewish Center of the Hamptons, LaGuardia Design Group, Maggio Environmental Services, Mala Sander + Team, Northwell Health, Peconic Landing, PSEG Long Island, The Awning Company, Unlimited Earth Care, Weber & Grahn, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Provisions.

Bay Street Theater is a year-round, not-for-profit professional theater and community cultural center that endeavors to innovate, educate, motivate, and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a beacon, social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource, a center for innovation and new work development, and a home for a community of artists.



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