November 18th at 8pm & 20th at 2pm

Presented without intermission 

Friday’s evening performance will be presented in our traditional cabaret-style.  Doors will open at 7pm for patrons to enjoy their own food and drink before the 8pm curtain.
 
Sunday’s performance will include a special afternoon tea, and doors will open at 1pm for our patrons to to enjoy refreshments before the show.

Presented jointly with the Ridgefield Historical Society, Eccentric Women of Ridgefield is a showcase of monologues, adapted for the stage from the storytelling of Dr. Darla Shaw, that celebrates four eccentric women of Ridgefield: Sarah Bishop, the hermit of West Mountain Rd.; Mary Louise Beatrice Olcott, the Grande Dame of Main St.; Jacqueline Seligmann, the cat lady; Carmela Sabilia, the peanut lady. Each performance will include a talk back with Dr. Shaw, the actors, Stephen Robbins, Sally Sanders from the Historical Society, and Linda Seay.

Original Scripts by Dr. Darla Shaw
Stage Adaptations by Stephen Robbins
Directed by Linda Seay

Special Guest Barb Fulton Jennes, Poet Laureate of Ridgefield

The narratives on the Eccentric Women of Ridgefield were taken from scripts originally written and performed by Dr. Darla Shaw for the Ridgefield Historical Society.  The women included  in these true stories are: 

Sarah Bishop (performed by Sheri Rak) was a hermit who lived in a cave on West Mountain Road during the period following the Revolutionary War.  The trauma that caused Sarah to live in this manner has become legendary, and her story has continued for over 250 years.

Mary Louise Beatrice Olcott (performed by Charlotte Hampden) took over her father’s palatial estate on Main Street, called CASAGMO,  in the early 1900s.  She continually helped the community with her wealth but also surprised them with her antics at the Garden Club, her unique animals, her work as a suffragist, the books she authored, and her work with the town library.  

In the 1940s Jacqueline Seligmann (performed by Benna Strober), a French heiress of great wealth from international art galleries came to live on West Mountain Road and Barrack Hill.  Hers is a sad story of a fall from grace, fame, and fortune to a delusional life with only hundreds of cats by her side.      

In 1898, Carmela Sabilia (performed by Emily Volpintesta), an immigrant from Italy, came to Georgetown and became known as the Peanut Lady of Branchville Road. Carmela became an institution as each Sunday for over twenty years she would sell her peanuts while walking along Branchville Road to make money for her son, Louie, to go to college.