World premiere of Fellow Travels, a provocative new drama by Jack Canfora, opens the 2018 Mainstage Season at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.
By: Patrick Christiano
June 3, 2018: Jack Canfora’s compelling tale set during Hollywood’s infamous Blacklist period, when the United States government was targeting artists suspected of being Communist, focuses on the little-known details of the complicated friendship and working relationship of two theater icons, the esteemed playwright Arthur Miller and the renowned film and stage director Elia Kazan. Film legend Marilyn Monroe, who was intimately involved with Kazan and ultimately became Miller’s second wife, figures prominently in Canfora’s shrewd new play that unfolds in Hollywood, New York, Washington D.C. and Connecticut over a period from 1951, when Miller was first introduced to Monroe, to its final fade out in 1963, two years after the legend’s tragic death.
Director Michael Wilson is returning to Bay Street Theater, where he directed a marvelous production of the acclaimed musical Grey Gardens with Betty Buckley in 2015. For Fellow Travelers, he has assembled a top-notch cast that deliver passionate performances in his fluid staging that culminates in explosive fireworks between the play’s two protagonists. The cast includes Wayne Alan Wilcox as Arthur Miller, Vince Nappo as Elia Kazan and Rachel Spencer Hewitt as Marilyn Monroe with Mark Blum as Harry Cohn and Jeffrey Bean in multiple roles.
Canfora is a smart and perceptive playwright and his new play, Fellow Travelers, in a stylish staging at Bay Street Theater, distills the celebrated characters to their essence, while offering an insightful glimpse into the psyche of three remarkable artists during a soul-searching period of the last century.
Fellow Travelers runs May 29-June 19 at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. To purchase tickets and subscriptions, call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org.
Photography: Lenny Stucker