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Mercedes Ruehl joins Bay Street's board

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Mercedes Ruehl in "Dinner" with Daniel Gerroll at Bay Street Theatre Photo Credit: GARY MAMAY

Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl has joined Bay Street Theatre's board of trustees, the Sag Harbor company announced Tuesday.

Ruehl, who won a best supporting actress Academy Award for “The Fisher King” in 1992, has appeared at Bay Street in “Viva La Vida,” “Blue Light” and most recently “Dinner” in 2009. Among her Broadway credits are “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” “The Rose Tattoo” and “Lost in Yonkers.”

“I've had many extraordinary experiences on the Bay Street stage,” says Ruehl, who has a home in Springs. “I'm excited to become part of the family that shapes and directs the course of this unique and valuable theater.”

Bay Street artistic directors Murphy Davis and Sybil Christopher, also a co-founder of the theater, both described themselves as “over the moon” about having an actress of Ruehl's stature on board.

Bay Street opens its 20th season May 31 with Darrell Hammond starring as Truman Capote in “Tru.” There's also a benefit celebrating “the East End's own Truman Capote” on April 3, with a “Breakfast at Tiffany's” brunch and champagne toast with Hammond at Sag Harbor's American Hotel at 11:30 a.m. followed by a screening of the film at Bay Street. Tickets, $50-$125.

For details on this or the Bay Street summer season, go to baystreet.org, or call 631-725-9500

Mercedes Ruehl in "Dinner" Daniel Gerroll at Bay Street Theatre.

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