Arts Celebration

The beloved East Hampton institution gets an update.
Billy Porter. Photo: Franz Szony

The renovation of Guild Hall’s facility has been a labor of love involving hundreds of individuals, from the building team to the donors. In honor of a landmark gift received from the Morgan family, which has enabled the complete transformation of the theater, Guild Hall announces the new Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan Theater. The beautiful performance space now operates at the highest level of technology and comfort, providing exceptional experiences for artists and audiences. Guild Hall will celebrate the Morgans along with exhibiting artist Julian Schnabel at its annual summer gala on Friday, August 2, and for the first time ever, this event will be held entirely at Guild Hall, activating the museum, theater and gardens. 

The Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan Theater will reopen this July with a benefit concert starring Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter on Friday, July 12, at 8 PM. The full season includes a wide variety of performances, films, talks and more, with a diverse lineup of programs in the theater that will make full use of the extensive technical improvements.

In addition to the reopening event with Billy Porter and Julian Schnabel’s exhibition, Guild Hall will present concerts with Rufus Wainwright, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, G.E. Smith’s Portraits featuring Yola, Valerie June, Lola Kirke, Robert Glasper, Taylor Mac and others. HamptonsFilm SummerDocs will return, as will the beloved Stirring the Pot culinary conversation series with Florence Fabricant featuring Daniel Humm, Giada de Laurentiis, Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald of Levain Bakery, and Marcus Samuelsson. Guild Hall will launch a new series, Academy Icons, a mini-retrospective of films by documentary director and producer Susan Lacy, followed by conversations with special guests. New York City Ballet, a favorite for years, will host its unique “behind the curtain” performance, and Hamptons Dance Project returns to Fireplace Lodge. Comedians Zainab Johnson, Dulcé Sloan and humorist David Sedaris will bring the funny.