U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
NEW YORK, NY, May 7, 2013 -- For the fifth consecutive year, Ridgefield Theater Barn has been selected for the 2013 Best of Ridgefield Award in the Theater Building Ownership & Operation category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.
Nationwide, only 1 in 1000 (less than one-tenth of 1%) 2013 Award recipients qualified as Five-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.
About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.
SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association
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Starting things off in September we visit August: Osage County. This darkly comic play by Tracy Letts won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2008, as well as countless other awards. When it opened at the Imperial Theater in 2007, Charles Sherwood of the New York Times wrote, "All happy families are alike, Tolstoy told us, and each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. But I'd bet the farm that no family has ever been as unhappy in as many ways - and to such sensationally entertaining effect - as the Westons of August: Osage County."
Then in November, we stumble into a comic and touching case of mistaken identity with Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz. According to Variety, the play, "takes the audience on a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and regret." Becky's New Car was a finalist for the prestigious Steinberg New Play Award.
We follow that up with The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl, in March. This whimsical romantic comedy takes place in "metaphysical Connecticut" where Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman with aspirations to comedy, spends her time crafting her jokes, rather than cleaning house.
And finally, we close our season in June with the wild western rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, by Michael Friedman and Alex Timbers. Forget everything you thought you knew about the 7th President. This comedic musical explores the life and career of "Old Hickory" in hilariously entertaining ways, musing that he may just have been an "emo" rock star.
A 75th Anniversary Event!
October 30th and November 2nd, 2013
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of its initial broadcasting, The Ridgefield Theater Barn presents a staged reading of the radio play, War of the Worlds. Originally an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, War of the Worlds was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on October 30, 1938, and aired on CBS radio network.
Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds (1898).
Using a series of simulated news bulletins throughout most of the show, the play, which was a bit too real at the time for the audience's peace of mind, suggested to listeners that an actual alien invasion by Martians was taking place. Adding to the program's realism was the fact that Mercury Theater on the Air was a show that usually ran without any commercial breaks, therefore the interruptions in broadcast were unsettling and audiences weren't quite sure what to make of them. It was a historic piece of drama for theater, broadcasting and for the rising star, Orson Welles. The reading will be directed by Jeff Howard