Dear Patrons, Friends, and Neighbors,
Crickets! How I wish we were hearing them now, but it seems that old man winter is really digging in this year! We are so pleased to offer you a trilogy of special events at The Ridgefield Theater Barn to help us all limp across the finish line of winter, in anticipation of spring...
Our first offering is a reading of Too Early For Crickets, an original play by Marlene Fanta Shyer. This thought provoking piece is an example of something we love to do here at the Barn, present original works in a true bare bones reading to not only highlight the dialogue, but give the audience a peek into what the process is like for a play to go from the playwright's head to the stage. We are thrilled to have Sherry Cox directing some of her students from Ridgefield High School in this piece.
Next up is some levity with the Role in The Hay players and Improv on April 1. We are so proud of how this crazy idea for a fundraiser has turned into a cornerstone of both our programming and education series here at the Barn. Check out our website in the near future for next year’s schedule of Improv classes for adults and kids. If you like what you see and think you might want to try it, talk to our director, Rick Hodder, after the show!
It is no secret that Piano Bar..n is my favorite thing of all. This fabulous special event with a huge following grew out of the simple assertion that everyone loves to sing. We produced the first one years ago and knew immediately that this communal, musical love-fest deserved a permanent place in our schedule. We never know who is going to show up, and have not been disappointed yet!
Our mainstage season closer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker's provocative play, Body Awareness running June 2-24. Directed by Maryann Arcoleo-Koltun, the play is whip- smart, engaging and funny, and we are thrilled to bring it to life here on the Theater Barn stage.
Last and not least on the list is our hugely popular Evening of One-Acts which has moved to the summer this season. Under the creative direction of Cheryl Boyd, this annual installment of performances devoted to one-act plays has become one of our most anticipated special events. This is a beast to put together and we need actors and crew people galore. One-acts are a great place to start if you are thinking about performing or helping out. They are also a great vehicle for those of you who have been out for a while and still cannot commit to a full rehearsal and production schedule. Send us a note and we will find the perfect way for you to jump in!
As always, I am at your disposal for any questions or ideas you might have. Keep an eye out for exciting information about our official Capital Campaign kickoff December 31, 2017! It all starts with a fancy New Years Eve performance of Wreck the Halls here at the Barn; with entertainment, champagne and food included, it is the perfect answer to that New Years Eve dilemma! I'll be there with bells on!
Pamme Jones, Board President