The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut will honor Wayne J. Leiss at its annual Business Supports the Arts breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Matrix Corporate Center in Danbury.
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It is with great sadness that we learned that Shirley Kibbe, one of the original founders of the Ridgefield Workshop of the Performing Arts (now known as The Ridgefield Theater Barn) passed away August 19th. Originally from Massachusetts, Shirley moved to Ridgefield with her husband Tom and their daughters Karen and Leanne in 1968, and immediately became deeply involved in the surrounding theater community. Not only performing and directing for the RWPA, but also contributing her talents to high school musicals over the years, and performing at the Southbury Playhouse.
She is fondly remembered here at the Barn and we are grateful for all the work she did in the early years of our organization to nurture the RWPA and establish the Theater Barn as a cultural institution here in Ridgefield. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends."
The OnStage Critics Circle Awards 2013-2014
Named their Favorites!
The OnStage Critics Circle, an organization of reviewers in Fairfield County, has named The Clean House at The Ridgefield Theater Barn their Favorite Play of the 2013-2014 Season. In addition, they chose Julie Bell Petrak as their Favorite Director of a Play for her work on the production.
We are so proud of everyone involved in the show, and all of our performers and crew members who brought our entire season to life this past year. The theater community in Fairfield County is so rich with talent, with so many theaters presenting professional quality work, we feel honored just to have been among the nominees. We are humbled by the win. We offer our sincere congratulations to all the winners and nominees. For a full list, you can visit The OnStage Critics Circle website.
In addition, the Ridgefield Theater Barn also received the following nominations:
August Osage County (Fan Favorite Play)
Becky's New Car (Favorite Actress in a Play - Maria DeVries)
The Clean House (Favorite Supporting Actress in a Play - Melinda Zupaniotis, Favorite Scenic Design - Kevin McNair, and Fan Favorite Play)
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Favorite Actor in Musical - Chris Cenatiempo, Favorite Ensemble in a Musical, and Fan Favorite Musical)
And finally, Favorite Overall Season!
Recognizing the wealth of talented writers in Ridgefield and the surrounding community, the Ridgefield Theater Barn is very excited to announce a Playwrights’ Collective – inviting community playwrights to be a part of our community theater. Jesse Longman, a local writer, whose plays have been produced at various theaters across the country, proposed the group and will act as its coordinator. The Theater Barn envisions bringing playwrights together in a forum where they can share and develop their work, benefiting from peer review and collaboration. Anticipating that the group will grow and evolve organically, the Barn has many ideas for its future, including ways in which the works of playwrights in the group may be performed and developed.
Jesse Longman is a writer and playwright—currently based in the NY-metro area—whose work has been developed, produced and published across the country and internationally. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, where she studied under Chuck Mee and Anne Bogart. She has received awards and fellowships from the Edward F. Albee foundation; the NY Mills Art Center; Summer Literary Seminars; and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Currently, she is an America-in-Play fellow (2013-2016); a member of the Dramatist’s Guild; Theater Artists Workshop; and Westchester Collaborative Theatre. She has taught memoir writing at the Danbury Senior Center, Nunnawauk Meadows (Bethel, CT) and the Ridgefield Library.
He lives in Danbury and works as a computer programmer. But on a recent Saturday night, he found himself in Ridgefield, interviewing a woman who knits with potatoes.
She said she was an expert, and that potato knitting is very popular with certain people -- especially those who don't get out much.
Hodder, 48, could have walked away and told her she was nuts, but he didn't. Because the interview was part of an improvisational comedy performance called "Whose Barn Is It Anyway?"
Rick Hodder gives improvisational instruction at the Barn's Improv workshop.
Photo: Scott Mullin