‘Sisters’ seeks to shed light on race and privilege in America

Sisters is a play that seeks to shed light on race and privilege in America through the fictional story of two real women, one white and one black, who lived in 19th Century Ridgefield. The two, Anna Marie Resseguie and Phillis DuBois, ran the Resseguie Hotel at the Keeler Tavern property on Main Street before, during, and after the Civil War.

The Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center will present Sisters, as a live and live-streamed performance on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m.

Sisters is a collaboration between playwrights, Joanne Hudson and Royal Shirée. The play will be staged in the Garden House at the Keeler Tavern on Main Street in Ridgefield for a live audience, and the performance will also be live-streamed for a virtual audience. The play will be followed by a talk-back with the cast, crew and playwrights (live and virtual). There will be a short intermission between the play and the talk-back.

“As the energies, voices, and cries are rising up against the systematic racist practices in America and its history, we are now truly at an historical crossroad — a crossroad that also speaks to the history of Anna Marie Resseguie, Phillis Dubois, and Frederick Douglass and the history of slavery and oppression here in Connecticut,” said Kimberly Wilson, who is directing the production of Sisters.

“We are overjoyed to be able to stage a live and live-streamed performance of Sisters at our site this August,” said Hildegard Grob, executive director of Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center.

“It has been a true honor to work with the outstanding cast and crew as well as the two playwrights under the direction of Kimberly Wilson,” Grob said. “Kimberly has brought her talent and wisdom to bear upon this production and the conviction of using art to express challenging aspects of the American experience, including racial inequalities and white privilege.

“Sisters brings the connection between the past and the present into razor sharp focus, thereby provoking a much-needed discussion about how we can move towards a more just and equal world.”

For tickets, at $40 for a live ticket and $30 for a livestreamed ticket, go to keelertavernmuseum.org/events/. There are a limited number of 18 seats to view the performance live in the Garden House and in compliance with COVID guidelines.