QUOGUE COMMUNITY HALL
125 Jessup Avenue
Quogue, NY 11959
In 1984 the HAMPTON THEATRE COMPANY began life on a shoestring and a dream at the Westhampton Beach Middle School with its first production, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. The company has come a long way since its founding by James Ewing, James Irving and June Ewing, when the company had no theater, no audience, no board of directors and no capital and performed in such dramatic venues as a tent pitched behind the Masonic Temple on Montauk Highway in the midst of an August hurricane.
Thanks to the generosity of the Village of Quogue, in 1987 the company found a permanent home at the beautiful Community Hall. There and at other venues, the company has produced more than 100 plays by a wide variety of major playwrights. Information about the productions can be found in the PAST PRODUCTIONS tab below, or on our PAST PRODUCTIONS page.
The Hampton Theatre Company today fills a unique niche in the Long Island performing arts landscape. From its start as a small community group bound together by a love of live theater, it has grown into a successful professional company: one that is still dedicated to the original dream of the founders and still proud to draw its talented performers and technical expertise primarily from the surrounding area in order to present the very best in live theater in the fall, winter and spring on Long Island’s East End.
HEALTH and SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Hampton Theatre Company Policies
The health and safety of all our patrons, performers, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Hampton Theatre Company has implemented the following procedures and protocols to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Procedures are subject to change as we continue to monitor state and local guidelines.
Although face coverings are optional, some audience members may choose to wear them in the theater. A supply of face masks will be available in the lobby.
Hand Hygiene Station
A Hand Hygiene Station is available at the entrance to the theater.
Arrival at the Theater
The theater will open 30 minutes prior to showtime; patrons are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance so that all ticket holders may be seated in a safe and timely manner.
Latecomers arriving after the performance has started may be seated in the rear of the theater.
Not Feeling Well?
If you have a fever or are under the weather on the day of your performance, HTC strongly recommends that you stay home, calling the box office immediately so we’ll know you can’t attend. We’ll make every effort to reschedule! Tickets are non-refundable. Call our office at 631-653-8955.
FROM SUNRISE HIGHWAY (ROUTE-27):
Sunrise Highway (Route 27) to exit 64S (Rte. 104 to Quogue). Rte. 104 South (approx. 3 miles) to Montauk Highway (Rte. 80). Right onto Montauk Highway. Turn left on Lamb Avenue (a quarter mile before Otis Ford and Jessup Avenue traffic light); take a right turn on Midland Street; go past the Post Office and cross Jessup Lane into the Village parking lot behind the Quogue Firehouse.
FROM MONTAUK HIGHWAY (ROUTE-80):
Approaching Quogue on Montauk Highway from the west, turn right on Quogue Street; make left turn onto Willow Lane (one block before Jessup Avenue); proceed straight past Village Lane and turn right at the entrance to Village parking lot.
PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY
PARKING: There is limited street parking around the theater as well as a parking lot that can be entered just north of the Quogue Community Hall.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The theater is wheelchair accessible through the side entrance. If a member of your party needs wheelchair access, please come to front entrance and ask the person taking tickets to open the side door. If a member of your party requires a wheelchair in the theater, please reserve one seat at the end of a row. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES: The theater does not have assisted listening devices at this time.
Although face coverings are optional, some audience members may choose to wear them in the theater. A supply of face masks will be available in the lobby. Note: Protocols are subject to change.
The theater will open 30 minutes prior to showtime; patrons are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to the performance so that all ticket holders may be seated in a safe and timely manner. There is ample parking in the Village lot behind the theater and the firehouse and on the street. Latecomers arriving after the performance has started may be seated in the rear of the theater.
CELL PHONE & CAMERA USAGE
Hampton Theatre Company asks that you turn off or silence all noise-making electronics, text-messaging devices and cell phones during the performance. Taking pictures and video recording is prohibited inside the theatre.
No Children under the age of 5 are permitted in the theater. All persons entering the theater must have a ticket. Please carefully consider whether a performance is appropriate for your child before planning to attend. Also, please be aware that disruptive patrons, including children, will not be allowed to remain in the theatre.
Hampton Theatre Company has no formal dress code: although shirt and shoes are required at all times. In addition, please consider the effects of strong perfumes and colognes on those seated around you. Appropriate face coverings are required for everyone at all times. Face coverings must be secured and cover the entire mouth and nose. Non-compliance with our mask policy will result in removal from the premises, without refund.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Concessions will be available prior to the performance and, if the performance has an intermission, at intermission.
Latecomers arriving after the performance has started may be seated in the rear of the theater.
LOST & FOUND
Hampton Theatre Company manages any items left behind. Items considered “lost & found” will be kept secured in our box office for up to 30 days. If you have lost an item at Hampton Theatre Company, please call 631-653-8955.
DISRUPTIONS DURING PERFORMANCES
Loud talking, texting and other disruptions are not tolerated. Anyone disturbing the audience or interfering with the performance will be required to leave with no refund forthcoming.
Men’s and women’s restrooms are available inside the theater and are available once the theater is open, usually 40 minutes prior to the performance.
Smoking, including electronic cigarettes and other devices is strictly prohibited anywhere inside the Quogue Community Hall.
Hampton Theatre Company is handicap accessible. A handicapped accessible entrance is located on the right (north) side of the building. Please use the driveway on the north side of the theater and ring the bell marked HTC Handicapped at the ramp entrance to the building and a volunteer will assist you; or have a member of your party notify us on arrival at the box office if you’d like to use this entrance.
Tickets are generally non-refundable/non-exchangeable. However, exceptions may be made for illness and state required quarantine. If you are feeling ill on the day of the performance, have been exposed to anyone infected with the corona virus or have been asked to quarantine by a health official, please do not attend! Call our office at 631-653-8955.
The Hampton Theatre Company would like to give something else back to the community to honor the company’s long-time set designer, Peter Marbury, who died tragically in 2009. The HTC offers scholarships to graduating seniors from our local high schools who have shown outstanding ability in the theatre arts, whether in high school or at the community level who plan to further their theatre education after graduation.
Scholarships have been awarded to:
Alicia Rignola – Westhampton Beach High School Carter Cline – Westhampton Beach High School
Gaylin Davey – Pierson High School William Green – Riverhead High School
Molly Brennan – Westhampton High School Dylan Kruel – Pierson High School Ian Hubbard – Hampton Bays High School
Ava Bianchi – Hampton Bays High School
William Borges – Riverhead High School
Isabella Galway – Westhampton Beach High School
Joseph Taibbi – Eastport South Manor High School
Jamie Baio – Sayville High School
Rose Kelly -Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School
Ella Baldwin – Riverhead High School
Maura Sitzmann – Westhampton Beach High School
Leland Qua – Westhampton Beach High School
Jacqueline Minogue – LIHSA
Stephanie Fitt – Westhampton Beach High School
Courtney King – Westhampton Beach High School
Rachel Reinecker – Westhampton Beach High School
Madison Mulvey – Westhampton Beach High School
Vincent Cinque – Westhampton Beach High School
Rachel Lucas – Westhampton Beach High School
Casey Sheren – Westhampton Beach High School
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF
Roger Moley, President
Rosemary Cline, Vice President
Lynne Jones, Treasurer
Andrew Botsford, Secretary
George A. Loizides
Betsy Webb Rowe
Terry Brennan, General Manager • [email protected]
Julie Stark, Administrative Associate & Assistant to the Treasurer
Julia Morgan Abrams, House Manager
Sonya Hubbard, Box Office
The mission of the not-for-profit Hampton Theatre Company is to create and support, using local resources whenever possible, a theatre community dedicated to presenting live theatre of the highest quality. Our goal is to enlighten, entertain, and inspire while reflecting the complete spectrum of the human experience, as we work to ensure that all voices are heard and represented in productions accessible to the broadest possible audience.
To our patrons, supporters and friends:
At this painful time for our country, we recognize the history of injustice that black Americans, indigenous people, and persons of color have suffered for centuries. We stand with those who believe that the time is now to strive to make our society a safer and more just place for those who have been denied their basic human rights for far too long.
We theatre artists are dedicated to the longstanding tradition of providing what we believe to be essential services: our job is to tell stories spanning the breadth of the human experience, and in turn to enlighten and uplift, as well as to entertain and to heal. We need to keep telling those stories—stories that shed light on our common humanity—and the HTC is committed to continuing to present plays that represent all voices in our community.
As Kenny Leon, director of this season’s “A Soldier’s Story” on Broadway, recently commented: “Theatre is a safe way to learn about one another—to sit in a dark theater and look at actors onstage tell a story. To uplift our world with what we do.”
As a nation, we need to reflect, examine, listen and learn. As a theatre company we pledge to do just that, and to respect the dignity and worth of every person (regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation or any other distinction.) As a first step, we are revisiting our mission statement to ensure it is in line with these goals.
The creative arts have the power to shine a light on the deeper unity we share with all people and to lift our minds and spirits as we work to find a more just and better way forward. The well-being of each person is a responsibility for every one of us.
For the Hampton Theatre Company board of directors: Andrew Botsford, Rosemary Cline, Terrance Fiore, Lynne Jones, Lucinda Morrisey and Betsy Webb Rowe