Bay Street begins the season with CONVICTION (May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street’s new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada’s Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Previews sponsored by Peconic Landing.
CONVICTION tells the story of the family of Tom Hodges, a charismatic, confident and caring teacher that students adore and parents admire. The smart, wise-cracking colleague with all the answers. The neighbor who takes care of the neighborhood. The perfect husband and father. But when a student accuses Tom of crossing a line, everything changes. This delicately balanced, beautifully nuanced new family drama digs deep beneath the surface of a happy suburban existence to explore the damage done when seeds of mistrust are planted. It asks the question — How can we live with conviction when some questions cannot be answered?
The cast includes Garret Dillahunt as Tom; Sarah Paulson as his wife Leigh; Elizabeth Reaser as their friend Jayne; Brian Hutchison as her husband Bruce; and Daniel Burns as Tom and Leigh’s son Nicholas.
Garret Dillahunt is rare an actor who is both a leading man and character actor who can morph effortlessly from role to role. Dillahunt possesses a resume that displays an impressive diversity. Born in California and raised in Washington, Dillahunt studied journalism at the University of Washington and went on to earn his M.F.A. through New York University’s renowned graduate acting program.
Dillahunt has just finished his final season of FOX’s ½ hour comedy series “Raising Hope.” During the show’s five season run, he stayed busy working continuously during his hiatuses on feature films such as “12 Years a Slave,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the Courtney Cox directed “Just Before I Go,” and the soon to be released “Ghosts of the Pacific.”
Dillahunt boasts an outstanding theatrical resume and has performed extensively on and off Broadway and at such respected theater companies as Steppenwolf, ACT San Francisco, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Berkshire Theatre Festival.