Our Final Performance - The Petoskey Stones (June 3)
Wine and Words
- by Mary Johnson, Baltimore Sun, June 6, 2013
Bay Theatre Company gave one final performance of its Wine and Words series last week with a reading of Los Angeles playwright Elizabeth Sampson's "The Petoskey Stones," co-hosted by Dignity Players at the Annapolis Unitarian Universalist Church. Bay's artistic director and co-founder, Janet Luby, and Bay's Associate Actors created this series a few seasons ago to give the community free play readings, along with with the shared camaraderie of mingling over wine before and after each event.
"Stones," about the deep bruises that come to the surface when family members get together, tells of four sisters who arrive at their grandmother's Michigan cottage to come to terms with their mother's death, and with their own lives' past and future.
Drawn from Bay artists, the cast featured Janet Luby, Rena Cherry Brown, Valerie Leonard, Alicia Sweeney and Jennifer Mendenhall, and was directed by the playwright's husband, Scott Alan Smith.
For Annapolis' Bay Theatre, 'Wine and Words' event a possible curtain call
- by Wendi Winters, Capital Gazette, June 5, 2013
The line could have been from a play.
“We’re not homeless,” said Janet Luby, artistic director and co-founder of Bay Theatre. “We’re home free.”
Since Friday, the 12-year old, award-winning professional theater has been without a performance space.
While most other theater groups are already working on planning and marketing for next season, the curtain seems to have come down on Bay Theatre, which had a subscriber base of more than 550 and filled the seats at most shows. [Read more]
BAY THEATRE COMPANY TO SUSPEND OPERATIONS
ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 30, 2013) – The Board of Directors of the Bay Theatre Company, Inc. has voted to suspend operations of the theatre, which has been in existence since 2001. The board determined that the theatre could not in good conscience accept subscriptions for the 2013-2014 program year without having a long-term lease on their current space.
“The Bay Theatre has had a tremendous 12-year run, winning many awards for excellence in theatre and setting the bar very high for theatre in Annapolis,” said Barbara Brown, President of the Board of Directors. “We have spent a year looking for appropriate space, but were unable to find it. We very much appreciate the public’s support over the past 12 years.”
The theatre’s current production, “The Price,” will close on May 12, one week earlier than planned in order to allow dismantling of the theatre stage before May 31. Those holding tickets for shows the week after May 12 will be given an opportunity to obtain earlier tickets. Ticketholders, who are unable to change their tickets to earlier dates in May, will be given full refunds.
Ticketholders may contact the theatre by calling 877-503-9463 or e-mailing [email protected]
Read Curtain falls on Bay Theatre
Annapolis company searching for new home
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun, May 9, 2013