Ridgefield Theater Barn’s reopening night a success

The Ridgefield Theater Barn recently reopened its doors with a red carpet splash on Friday, June 11, welcoming back patrons with its premier of “An Evening of One Acts.”

The production is dedicated to the memory of Amy Oestreicher, a local artist, writer, public speaker and actress who was originally cast in one of the plays. Oestreicher died in April of this year.

Oestreicher’s family attended the opening night festivities, and along with the cast, crew and fellow patrons they all raised a glass after the performance to honor her legacy.

“We thought it was appropriate to dedicate this reopening, our emerging from a dark time, to the memory of Amy,” Ridgefield Theater Barn Executive Director Pamme Jones said. “Amy was all about turning the darkness into light.”

Several other special guests attended the sold-out event, including some of the playwrights and directors. Connecticut state Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo, a returning patron, was in attendance with state Sen. Will Haskell, who took to social media the next day, posting about the “exceptional set of one-act plays” he had seen the night before. The evening was capped off with drinks and light fare provided by The Painted Cookie, The Market at Union Hall and Cellar XV.

Still maintaining its signature cabaret-style theater, the reopening also saw the debut of the barn’s new spacious and COVID-friendly configuration, with tables for four spaced generously apart and capacity limited to 50 percent. Audience members are still welcome to bring their own food and drink, but concessions are also available for a suggested donation in the barn's lobby.

All staff, cast and crew members have been fully vaccinated. The theater is also keeping up with current CDC, federal, state, and local guidelines.

Upcoming events include an evening of improv comedy in August and “The Divas,” a compilation of one-act plays by Jack Neary. “The Exonerated” will officially open the barn’s 2021-22 season in September. For more information or reservations, visit www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.