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Kelly McCreary of “Grey’s Anatomy” talks Sag Harbor play

Julia Motyka, left, and Kelly McCreary star in

Julia Motyka, left, and Kelly McCreary star in "Intimate Apparel" at Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor, through July 30, 2017. Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker

Grey’s Anatomy star Kelly McCreary is taking on a new role in Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theatre.

“We’re on our shooting hiatus for a few months and I wanted to find my way back to my first love of theater, so here I am at Bay Street!” said McCreary, who turns 36 today.

McCreary is playing seamstress Esther Mills in what she calls “one of my favorite plays ever,” “Intimate Apparel,” by Tony- and Pullitzer-nominated Lynn Nottage.

The play is set in 1905 New York City. Nottage’s “Intimate” began its Bay Street run on July 4 and ends July 30.

McCreary says she has spent 12 hours a day in tech rehearsal and is even taking a sewing class to prepare for the role. She admits she enjoys sewing, but stitching up patients in the fictional Grey-Sloan Hospital’s OR is a different story. The actor admits she’s “squeamish” and says, “there’s something about wearing the mask, I feel so claustrophobic, there have been a couple of times where it’s gotten a little dicey in the OR! . . . I’m doing it, then on ‘cut’ I’m over here taking deep breaths!”

McCreary doesn’t get much of a summer break.

“The day after I leave here I’ll be driving from the airport to set, which I can’t wait to do, it’s an incredible and enormous privilege to have my life so rich with wonderful work.”

“I like to stay busy I like to stay creative and you know life is short you’ve got to get all the great characters in while you can.”

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