On Sunday May 24, 09 Mickey Straus, chair, Guild Hall Board of Trustees Ruth Appelhof, Executive Director, Mayor Paul Rickenbach, Jr., East Hampton Village, State Asemblyman Fred Thiele, and hundreds of enthusiastic guests gathered to witness Mr. Straus cut the ribbon to the newly renovated state of the art John Drew Theater at Guild Hall in East Hampton after a 2 year renovation.
The John Drew is ready to go and specially invited guests were treated to a behind the scenes look at the newly restored “state of the art” theater, a project in progress for two years. Stage & screen legend Liza Minnelli, just off the heels of her stupendous show at the Palace Theater this past December and freshly restored herself, will officially launch the East Hampton Theater Season on Memorial Day weekend with the incomparable Billy Stritch at the piano. The Box Office opens on May 7. Photograpahy: Barry Gordin
Alec Baldwin hosted The Hamptons Interational Film Festival screening of "The Cove", winner of the 2009 auidience award for Best Documentary at Sundance. Following the film at the newly renovated John Drew Theater there was a discussion led by Alec with director Louie Psihoyos, Richard O’Barry and Fisther Stevens.
The Naked Stage, in association with Guild Hall, presented an inspiring weekend marathon of staged readings and events, including musical and theatrical performances, comedy improvisation and children’s acting workshops.