RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The Chekhov International Theatre Festival will feature Kimberly Wilson, of Wilson Production Company, in a one-woman show, “A Journey” on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for its spring fundraiser performance at the Stonehenge Inn and Restaurant in Ridgefield.
Wilson has written and performed two one-woman shows, “The Spirit of Black Womanhood” and “A Journey ” in Connecticut, Minneapolis, New York and other communities over the past 18 years. Originally from Minneapolis, Wilson first pursued theater while in her youth and attended Howard University, where she majored in theater and fine arts. In 1984, she was crowned Miss Black Minnesota. She continued her professional acting career in television commercials and stage productions.
“A Journey” tells the stories of seven women from seven pivotal generations, including an African queen, a slave woman, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.
In addition to the one-hour performance, there will be a talk back, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Price for the tickets is $40.
The Stonehenge Inn and Restaurant has won recognition for its hospitality and cuisine for decades. Guests are invited to stroll on its bucolic grounds, which are located at 35 Stonehenge Road off Route 7 near Farmingville Road.
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 60 years ago, Chekhov first visited Ridgefield as the guest of composer Sergei Rachmaninov. Chekhov fell in love with the countryside and started a theater school/ studio in Ridgefield. Later in Hollywood, he coached many great film actors and was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound.”
This year the eighth annual Chekhov International Theatre Festival will be held from Thursday, Sept. 22 to Saturday, Sept. 24. The Saturday evening performance will be in Ballard Park and three indoor performances will take place in other local venues.
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