Westonite on the Stage in Ridgefield in June

Philip Schaefer, who cares the Weston Board of Education, can be seen on the stage in nearby Ridgefield next month.


Westonite Philip Schaefer can be seen on the stage at the Ridgefield Theater Barn starting tomorrow night and throughout the month of June.

Tom Topor's play "Nuts" can be seen in Ridgefield on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. starting tomorrow, with Sunday matinees taking place at 5 p.m. on June 10 and June 17. The play, which is directed by Sherry Asch and produced by Paulette Layton, will conclude its run on June 23.  

The production brings back a couple of Theater Barn veterans, Will Jeffries (Bethel) and Louise Kaminer (Stamford), and features the Theater Barn debut of several regional actors, Julie Bell Petrak (South Salem), Phil Cutrone (Yorktown Heights), Andrea Garmun, Marc Hartog (Westport), Siobhan McKinley (Ridgefield), Jeff Rossman (New Fairfield), and Philip Schaefer (Weston). 

Set in a courtroom in New York's Bellevue Hospital, the story follows a high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent "john." A court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor say Claudia Faith Draper is unfit to stand trial for manslaughter. As testimony from experts, physicians and her parents unfolds, Claudia's psyche and childhood are dissected, and she must prove that she isn't "nuts," but legally sane to stand trial. The playwright used his years of experience as a journalist covering NYC police stations, courtrooms, and psychiatric hospital wards to create the play. The actual plot is based on a true incident reported in the 1970s.

Tickets for "Nuts" are $24 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Seating is cabaret style and the audience is invited to bring food and beverage to enjoy before the performance and during intermission. Doors open one hour prior to curtain.

Schaefer is the chairman of the Weston . 

The Ridgefield Theater Barn is located at 37 Halpin Lane in Ridgefield. For reservations visit www.ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org or call (203) 431-9850.


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