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Celebrity Bartenders Visit Ridgefield Restaurant For Chekhov Festival

The Chekhov International Theatre Festival is holding its first celebrity bartender night at Luna Rossa in Ridgefield to help support the September festival.
The Chekhov International Theatre Festival is holding its first celebrity bartender night at Luna Rossa in Ridgefield to help support the September festival. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Chekhov International Theatre Festival is holding its first celebrity bartender night at Luna Rossa in Ridgefield to help support the September festival.

First Selectman Rudy Marconi will roll up his sleeves and serve drinks along with board member and Chekhov enthusiast Jeffery Albanesi. The fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, July 21 from 6-9 p.m..

Luna Rossa, located at 90 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, is an intimate Italian restaurant with a modern ambiance after having been recently restored. The restaurant boasts an ample list of wines and spirits and a menu featuring excellent homemade Italian cuisine created with fresh ingredients.

The Chekhov International Theatre Festival, which runs Thursday,  Sept. 22 to Saturday, Sept. 24, is now in its eighth year. In addition to Thursday and Friday evening indoor performances, this year’s festival will offer an outdoor Shakespeare performance on Saturday night at Ballard Park.

The Festival’s Artistic Director, Hamilton Clancy, is a New York actor who is currently responsible for producing the Shakespeare performances in Manhattan at Bryant Park. It is the mission of the Chekov Festival to celebrate Michael Chekhov’s connection to Ridgefield by bringing professional theatre performances to the Town.

Over sixty years ago, Michael Chekhov operated a theater school/studio in Ridgefield. After relocating in Hollywood, he coached many great film actors and was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound. For more information and updates visit Chekhovfestival.com

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