A young actor rescues legendary actress, who can’t remember her lines, in World Premier of affecting comedy, The Prompter at Bay Street Theater.
June 2, 2019: By popular demand, The Prompter, a new comedy by Wade Dooley that was the audience favorite at Bay Street Theater’s New Works Festival last season, opened the Bay Street Theater’s Mainstage Summer Season in Sag Harbor. The world premiere of Dooley’s heartwarming tale about the relationship between a legendary actress and the prompter, she desperately needs after a 40-year absence from the stage, is deftly helmed by Scott Schwartz, Artistic Director of Bay Street Theater.
Dooley’s sweet comedy, based on real events, is an intimate behind-the-scenes look at Broadway through the eyes of a young dreamer named Wade. The story takes a delightful peek at the making of a Broadway play and the unique bond formed between the starring legend and her prompter. Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh plays the aging legend, Irene, as only she could. Ms. Feldshuh, who has too many awards to mention in her storied career including a Tony nominated starring performance on Broadway in Golda’s Balcony directed by Scott Schwartz, turns in an expert star-turn in the 95-minute comedy pulling out all the stops. Dooley, who wrote the play for himself, takes on the role of the naive prompter Wade with charming style.
Recorded voices are by Julia Motyka and Adam Petherbridge. The production design team includes set design by Kevin Depinet, lighting design by Mike Billings, costume design by Tracy Christensen, sound design by Jon Weston, wig, hair, and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, and props designed by Andrew Diaz. The stage manager is Denise Yaney.
The Prompter is now playing at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through June 16th. For tickets call: 631 725-9500
Photography: Barry Gordin