Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will present the cast of The Grift, the immersive, site-specific theater experience written and directed by Tom Salamon, set to perform at Bay Street Theater and throughout the Village of Sag Harbour.
Performances of The Grift begin Thursday, March 17 and continue through Sunday, April 3, with six shows per week. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry. Tickets start at $39 and are available through the box office by calling 631 725 9500 Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 24/7 at baystreet.org.
Part theater and part game, The Grift is an immersive, site-specific experience beginning and ending at Bay Street, and moving through multiple locations near Sag Harbor. Dropping its audience of 50 per show amidst an adventure in which they are trained in the art of swindling, participants meet characters, solve clues and get a masterclass in the ways of the crook, all for the purpose of pulling off a last ditch attempt to take down a sleazy criminal mastermind. Audiences will have their wits tested and trained in scams like The Pig In The Poke, The Round-The-Corner and The Money Swap, but will they be sharp enough to beat an evil genius at his own game?Joining The Grift are Ally Callaghan (Wendy), Elena Faverio (Jackie), Rachel Feldman (Eloise), Edward Kassar (Hammer), Joe Pallister (Danny), Gabriel Portuondo (Narrator), and Jonathan Silver (Grady). in 2015 for rave reviews and sold-out performances in San Diego, produced by the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse. Writer-director Tom Salamon returns after his other immersive UK hits, Accomplice (produced by the Tony Award-winning Menier Chocolate Factory) and Goosebumps Alive (The Vaults at Waterloo). “We’re thrilled to bring immersive theater to the Hamptons, says Tom Salamon. “We believe we’re going to offer audiences something truly new and unique that they’ve never seen before.” transforming theatergoers everyday masters vs. And when the show ends? They’re unleashed into the world with a whole new set of skills that can pay off for years to come. Ally Callaghan has appeared in 40s & Chestnuts, Marie Antoinette, DNA, and The Triangle Factory Fire Project; and virtual productions of You’re On Mute Improv Show, The High Captain, The Jewish Doll, and Lifestyle Content. Film credits include The Cathedral and Silence. She trained from Brooklyn College with an acting BFA and trained under Roger Manix at the Brooklyn Training Ground.Elena Faverio is an actress, community advocate with LI United and creator of artistic shenanigans on Youtube. Recent credits: Baskerville by Ken Ludwig (Theatre Three), Catching Fireflies (Don’t Tell Mama NYC), Romeo and Juliet (Eastline Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (Patchogue Theatre). They are currently writing a musical called After the Flood about dealing with grief and the notion of home, and producing a documentary called 118 about activism and advocacy on Long Island. You can find their creative work at www.elenafaverio.com. Rachel Feldman will be recognized by Bay Street audiences for her appearance on Literature Live! production of Death of a Salesman. She has appeared in productions of Frankie and Johnny in Moonlight, Uncle Vanya at John Drew Theatre, Museum, Our Beds Are Crowded, White Paper, Gravid Water with Upright Citizens Brigade and Try to Act Normal with 13th Street Repertory. Film and television credits include Ugly Betty, MTV’s Made, As The World Turns, The Montauk House: A Period Piece, Kooks, and God’s Gift. She trained at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts and Upright Citizens Brigade, and graduated from the University of Miami.Eddie Kassar appeared at the John Drew Theater at Guild Hall as Denny in A Steady Rain; Mark in Art; and Lenny in Of Mice and Men. He performed in Hampton Theater productions of Breaking Legs, My Three Angels, and others; Garfinkke in Other People’s Money at the Ivoryton Playhouse (nominated for Best Actor Connecticut Critics Circle Awards); Knitting at The Ensemble Studio; and La Ronde with the Willow Cabin Theater Company. Film credits include Mulligans Farm, 9 of 10, Scallop Pond, Down Clown, If I Did’t Care, Sushi Bar and others.Joe Pallister is an AEA and SAG AFTRA actor who has joined Bay Street Theater for several productions including including the 2010 Mainstage Production of David Mamet’s Romance and Literature Live! productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill A Mockingbird, and Macbeth, among others. Other theater credits include the Hampton Theater Company productions of Clybourne Park, God of Carnage and The Drawer Boy, and the Guild Hall productions of Art and A Steady Rain. TV credits include The Flight Attendant, FBI, Blacklist, Conan O’Brien and Saturday Night Live. Film credits include Confidence Game, Dark Was The Night, Refuge, and The Burningmoore Incident.Gabriel Portuondo is a Long Island-based actor and acting teacher, and member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, who will be recognized by Bay Street audiences for his appearance as Banquo on the 2021 Literature Live! realization of Macbeth. His work includes a number of productions with Shakespeare & Co. and the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, including performances of Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard III. He performed in the Urban Aura one-man shows at Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theater in Chicago; and The Rime, an adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, recently staged outdoors next to the Montauk Lighthouse. He appeared in the films Tenebrae Lux, American Bomber and Autumn in New York. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, a Fellow of the Shakespeare Society and a founding member of the Magis Theater Company. Jonathan Randell Silver is thrilled to be a part of The Grift at Bay Street Theatre. This is her third immersive show with creator Tom Salamon. The most recent was playing one of the wizards in the critically acclaimed Wizards of Oakwood Drive with La Jolla Playhouse. As an actor and magician, he has performed in theaters large and small in New York and across the country. He has also appeared numerous times on screens large and small across the world. Jonathan hopes everyone stays healthy and sane during these continually strange and difficult times. More information at JonathanRandellSilver.com.Tom Salamon has been in the world of immersive experience for 13 years, starting with his first show Complice: New York, widely considered a pioneering and influential work of early immersive theater. In the years that followed, he wrote and directed works in New York, London, Los Angeles and San Diego, and produced works with Tony Award-winning theaters such as La Jolla Playhouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, as well as co-produced shows. with Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris. In 2020, at the request of La Jolla Playhouse, Tom wrote and directed The Wizards Of Oakwood Drive, a Zoom-based live online experience for young audiences. It was called “absolutely enchanting…a lovely reminder of what theater can do, even from a distance” by The New York Times, and “airy and funny…an ambitious production that pushed the boundaries of what which is possible in the virtual format,” per the San Diego Union Tribune. It continues its sold-out tour, entertaining audiences in nearly all 50 states and as far away as Australia, Mexico, Denmark and Brazil. Additionally, he developed an online experiential campaign for Comic Con 2020 for a major streaming network with a leading experiential agency.Bay Street Theater is a fully vaccinated company. All attendance is available through a contactless ticket office. All guests must present proof of vaccination and will be required to wear a mask throughout the performance. For the full list of COVID-19 related procedures and safety guidelines for in-person events, please visit us online at baystreet.org.Bay Street Theater is a nonprofit professional theater and community cultural center open year-round, which strives to innovate, educate and entertain a diverse community through the practice of the performing arts. It serves as a social and cultural gathering place, an educational resource and home to a community of artists.