Log In   ·   Become A Member

"Extinction" And "Angry Young Man" Coming To East Hampton's Guild Hall

Sydney A. Braat

Raye Levine stars in Extinction. (Courtesy Photo)

Guild Hall in East Hampton is proud to present two upcoming plays this spring and early summer.

Extinction by Gabe McKinley, directed by Josh Gladstone, will feature four talented young actors: Brian Kraynak, Raye Levin, Sawyer Spielberg, and Eric Svendson. This play is a darkly funny drama that started rehearsal at Guild Hall on Tuesday, February 28.

"McKinley's snappy play Extinction had me laughing out loud and then cringing uncomfortably," said Director, Josh Gladstone. "It turns on a dime, is rich with emotional depth and well-drawn characters - a sharp exploration of the humor, affection and fragile ego that is at the heart of so many friendships between men."

Sawyer Spielberg. (Courtesy Photo)

The play explores the evolution of friendships and the desire to preserve them regardless of the cost. Spielberg first brought Extinction to Guild Hall as a 2016 JDTLab work-in-progress. Gladstone graciously offered his assistance after seeing tremendous potential in the show.

"It's a play that spoke loudly to me when we presented a reading of it at our developmental workshop - the JDT Lab - and Sawyer and his eager young team bring a great energy and spirit to the project that is absolutely infectious," added Gladstone. "I'm delighted to be working with them."

Sawyer Spielberg studied at the Atlantic Theater Company and has played Peter Van Daan in Bay Street Theater's 2013 production of Ann Frank and Bay Street's 2015 production of Of Mice and Men playing Whit. Raye Levine is a William Esper Studio graduate and Ensemble Member of the Barefoot Theater Company. She has performed in staged readings and productions of The Vote in Orange by Israel Horovitaz, Parkslope by Michael Reyes at the Cherry Lane Theater, On the 5:31 by Mando Alvarado, and many more. Gabe McKinley's plays have been produced and developed by companies nationally and internationally, including Atlantic Theater Company, Naked Angels, Premiere Stages, The Old Vic, Williamstown Theater Festival, and Red Dog Squadron. Director Josh Gladstone has served as the Artistic Director of the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall since 2000 - where he has produced hundreds of developmental readings and plays, including All My Sons starring Laurie Metcalf and Alec Baldwin, Clever Little Lies, Thought at 8:30, and Equus, among several others. Eric Svendsen studied theater at Northwestern University and has been involved with productions at Rogue Machine Theater Company in Los Angeles and Naked Angels in New York. Brynne Kraynak is an actor and teaching artist based in New York City who has worked with Tongue in Cheek Theatre, Rattlestick Theater Co,. Horse Trade Theater Co., and in the Samuel French and NYC Fringe Festivals.

Extinction will be on preview Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31, and will officially open on Saturday, April 1, running Wednesdays through Sundays at 7 p.m. until Sunday, April 16. There will also be two matinees on Saturday, April 8 and Saturday, April 15. General Admission is $25; $23 for members; and $15 for students under 18.

The second play, Angry Young Man, is by award-winning playwright Ben Woolf and directed by Christopher Daftsios, Rami Margron, Max Samuels, and Nazli Sarpkaya. This fast-paced ensemble comedy will make its American premiere on the Guild Hall stage. The story follows a Middle Eastern doctor who migrates to England to start a new life. Angry Young Man is currently in rehearsal in New York City and will come to Guild Hall on Saturday, June 3.

Angry Young Man follows Yuri as he learns to adjust to British lifestyle. He meets Patrick, a young man that offers help, friendship, and a trip to the heart of the English countryside. They find unexpected truths about England and Yuri must choose between a life in Britain and his honor.

The design and production team for Angry Young Man includes Sebastian Paczynski (Lighting Design), Frank Oliva (Set Design), Yuka Silvera (Costume Design), David M. Lawson (Sound Design), Doug Mills (Technical Director), Taylor Alyessa Marun (Production Stage Manager), Brian Clemente (Assistant Stage Manager), Stephanie Klapper (Casting), Joe Trentacosta (Public Relations/Publicity),Peter Napolitano (Associate Producer), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director) and Olga Devyatisilnaya (Company Manager/Financial Administrator).

The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall is located at158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-324-0806 or visit www.guildhall.org.

Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Please type the word 'water'
(For spam prevention, thanks)
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

BNB Bank
For over 100 years Bridgehampton Bank has been the East End's hometown bank. Many success stories...one bank, BNB!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant. Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.

Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873
Brown Harris Stevens is the quintessential luxury real estate firm, with a history of leadership and a culture of professionalism and discretion dating back to 1873. At every level of Brown Harris Stevens, you will find highly experienced, knowledgeable experts, single-mindedly devoted to your interests and your satisfaction. With offices in the Hamptons, New York City, Palm Beach, and Miami our brokers are exceptional - leading the field with the quality of their work ethic, their outstanding success rate and the sheer quantity of their transactions.